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October 25, 2008

Rub of the Green: Looking back 50 years at golf tournaments


Verostko would win by 11 shots for a 275 total of 9-under par and a new tournament record.

After winning his sixth city championship Gene Verostko went on to claim 12 more to total 18 city stroke play titles throughout a career that saw the ultra-talented divot man win well over 100 tournaments.

Gene stamped himself as a favorite in most any tournament he entered. He was indeed, Terre Haute’s “Mr. Golf”. His trademark was the ability to follow a poor shot (of which there weren’t many) with one that was spectacular. During his golfing heyday, Gene Verostko had no equal in the Wabash Valley.

Mark Fisk would take runner-up honors with 286. Other players and their scores follow: Joe Higgins 290; Art Blakely 290; Bob Arnett 295; Warren Artz 296; Tommy Long and Jim Wolfe 296; Bob Westrup and Bill Doan 300; George Forsythe 301; George Kaperak 302; Ed Stout 303; J. Kelly 304; Bill Kipple 307; Russ Roberts, Dan Davis, and Lew John 309.

Flight winners were: First flight Harry Secrest; second flight, Bill Alumbaugh; third flight, D. Murphy; fourth flight, Wayne Gormong; fifth flight, Lou Peck; sixth flight, R. Bland; seventh flight Herman Devine; eighth flight, Gene Moses; ninth flight, Harry Auterburn.

Bob Westrup defeated Ed Ijams for Country Club of Terre Haute Club Championship.

In the 1958 Women’s City Tourney Mrs. Bud Werneke was the defending champion. Mrs. Ray Swift and Mrs. Harry Staats shot 91’s to tie for medalist honors. Mrs. Mary Alice Knowles defeated Mrs. Staats for the championship 6 and 5.

Flight winners were: First flight, Babe Wisely, second flight, Mrs. Howard Harmon, and third flight, Mrs. Robert Shiflet.

A new competition began in 1958. The Nichols Loan Round Robin was open to the players who finished in the top 20 in the city stroke play tournament. After being paired by means of a blind draw, each two man team played a nine-hole match against each of the other nine teams. A running score was kept. If you won a match by 3 holes, you received 3 points, then if you lost the next match by 2 holes, your score would be plus one.

Imported sterling silver mugs were presented to top finishers. George Kaperak and Bill Kipple won the event by one point over Secrest and Arnett.

As we said, “Time flies,” but the memories often linger for a lifetime.

Bob Arnett can be reached by e-mail at or by mail at the Tribune-Star, P.O. Box 149, Terre Haute, IN, 47808.

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