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September 26, 2010

RUB OF THE GREEN: THGA tournaments include variety, long history

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TERRE HAUTE — Chad Collins, now ranks 105 on the PGA money list with $797,395 in earnings.  With the 2010 season winding down, he has an excellent opportunity to finish in the top 125 and earn his PGA card for the 2011 season.

Presently, Chad leads such luminaries as David Duval, Ben Curtis, Aaron Baddeley, Woody Austin, Billy Mayfair and Mike Weir.

Congratulations to Dave Brown who recently qualified for the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship. Unless you have been there, qualifying for a national golf tournament is a most difficult feat. It takes talent plus. It’s only when you try your hand at qualifying for a U.S. Amateur or the U.S. Senior Open that you realize how many talented golfers are out there. Good luck in the tournament, Dave.

In the good old days of 1965, Jimmy Claus, sports editor for the “Terre Haute Tribune” interviewed Rea Park Pro, Mike Kaperak. Mike indicated that Terre Haute had the cheapest golf of any course in the entire country.

To play all day at Rea Park the fee was one dollar.  Weekends and holidays raised green fees to $1.25.  Hard to believe!

If you want to gallery some outstanding golfers, head out to Hulman Links and follow some excellent amateurs as they “light up” the course.

Strong players to watch include, Rich Schelsky, Troy Farris, Chris Cassell, Travis Turpen, Kyle Stevenson, Scott Hess, Denny Bryan and Terre Haute Golf Association President, Ryan Roscoe.

Others include Dave Brown, Mark Harvey, Tom Jones, Adam Wood, Fred Reynolds, Stu Johnson, Ted Kaperak, Dean Williams, and Brandon Bekkering.

It took one over par golf for 36 holes to qualify for the Championship Flight.

• Tip of the week — When playing slick greens, keep those approach shots below the hole. You’ll not be plagued by three-putts and you will be happy with the outcome.

Keep your head down and your shoestrings tied. We’ll be back.

Bob Arnett can be reached by e-mail at subob@aol.com.

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