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May 31, 2009

Rub of the Green: Quest is not easy, but Valley product Chad Collins should go for PGA’s pot of gold



With hard work and some luck, Collins might well see his name someday rising to the top of the PGA money list. Here’s wishing him plenty of luck, which is always an important ingredient in this wild and crazy game called golf.

Bob Clements was a marvelous athlete at Wiley High School and at Indiana State. In addition, he was an outstanding football coach at South Vigo High School. The Bob Clements Memorial Golf Classic honors his memory with proceeds from the event going to the Bob Clements Scholarship Fund as well as providing grants for classroom teachers.

The second annual event is slated for June 17 at Idle Creek with a lunch provided at 11 a.m.. and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

Entry fee is $75 per player and hole sponsorships may be purchased for $100. A raffle will also be conducted. Awards for low gross and low net winners will be presented at the tourney’s conclusion.

Bob Olah was captain and No. 1 man on South Vigo’s golf team back in 1972 and 1973. At six feet in height and 155 pounds, Olah could hit the ball a proverbial mile. I recall when he hit a drive and a nine iron to the back of No. 8 at Rea Park. He also won a driving contest at Hulman Links when he blasted a drive 339 yards down number one fairway.

Bob wasn’t just a hitter. He posted a pair of 72’s in leading the team to a win in the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference Tourney his senior year. The squad followed up with a regional championship and a trip to the IHSAA state finals where they finished 11th. His teammates were Stephen Cass, Terry Metheny, Fred Bonewell and John Moulton.

It seems that Olah hasn’t forgotten how to strike the little white sphere. On his yearly trek from Galt, Cailf. he recently pulled out his wedge on No. 5 at Hulman Links and deposited his 134-yard shot into the cup for a deuce. His witnesses were Gene Tanner, Jeff Fields and Mark Miklozek.

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