News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Rub of the Green

July 4, 2009

Rub of the Green: Looking back at nearly 90 years of Kaperak excellence in Indiana, Illinois golf

TERRE HAUTE — For nearly 90 years the surname “KAPERAK” has signified legendary golfers who have made their marks in competition in Indiana as well as Illinois.

Mike Kaperak caddied at the Country Club of Terre Haute as a youngster. Later, as a talented player, he went on to win two Terre Haute City Golf Championships. In the mid-1940s Mike was named the head professional at Rea Park Golf Course and relinquished his amateur standing.

Mike’s younger brother, George, followed in Mike’s footsteps as he, too, caddied at Allendale and later captured two city stroke play titles of his own as well as three city match play championships. George also claimed a number of other amateur victories.

It was in the 1953 Casey (Ill.) Open that George won the amateur division and Mike took first place among the professionals. This tourney would at times attract 300 players who could play their 18 hole rounds on either Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Dozens of Terre Haute golfers have routinely streamed to Casey for this annual event.

To say that the Casey Open was a popular tournament would be a masterpiece of understatement, and for the Kaperak brothers to annex both the amateur and professional divisions was icing on the cake. Mike and George hosted a party that lasted into the “wee hours” at the conclusion of play.

Mike and George Kaperak were two of eight brothers. Frank, Ted and Paul played golf on a semi-regular basis although not at a level demonstrated by George and Mike. Steve, Pete and John played occasionally.

Since George Kaperak was a bachelor and Mike and his wife, Louise, had no children, it would be up to another brother, Frank, to keep alive the Kaperak legacy of outstanding golfers. Frank and his wife, Eleanor, were parents of Joe, Frank Jr., Dennis, Teddy and Tina. Dennis has three children, James, Jessica and Kalea. Both James and Jessica are Terre Haute North students who play on North’s boys’ and girls’ golf teams respectively.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Rub of the Green
Latest News Poll
AP Video
UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Raw: Plane Lands on New York Highway Raw: Black Boxes of Downed Jetliner Turned Over Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Recording May Show Attempt at Crash Cover-up 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' Raw: Gaza City Shelling Attack Bull Run Comes to Middle America
NDN Video
Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot Sebastian The Ibis Walks Beautiful Bride Down The Aisle | ACC Must See Moment NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Faces of Souls Lost in Malaysian Plane Crash 105-year-old woman throws first pitch Man Creates Spreadsheet of Wife's Reasons for Turning Down Sex 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success Rory McIlroy struggles, surges, wins British Open NOW TRENDING: Real life Pac-Man Explosions as hot air balloon crashes in Clinton DUI Driver Dragged to Safety by Officer After Walking Onto Busy Freeway

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -


    March 12, 2010