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Rub of the Green

August 5, 2012

RUB OF THE GREEN: Enjoying the game after all these years

TERRE HAUTE — When golf is referred to as “The Game for a Lifetime,” you’ve got to believe that description is definitely on target. For example, there is the Danny Williams hunt that converges on the first tee at The  Landing on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. Many players are in their 70s and retired dentist, Bill Aikin, has seen 92 birthdays.

After choosing teams, the participants play a handicap game based on points; one for a bogie, 2 for a par, 3 for a birdie, 5 for an eagle and 8 for a hole-in-one.

This in no way infers that some outstanding golf is not being played. Earlier in the season Lowell Smith owned a scorecard that included a birdie, an eagle and a hole-in-one, all accomplished during an 18 hole round.

Jim Sutch, an outstanding quarterback for Wiley High School’s football team has been known to fire even par rounds of 72. Others capable of scores in the 70s include Jim Roberts, Mike Gugielmetti, Herm Rassel, Don Jennings, Dick Ballinger, Jerry Long, Dale Henderson and John Deardorff.

Other golfers are Phil Lindeman, Charles Sullivan, Vern Keller, Howard Junker, Jim Engle, Ron Snoddy, Jim Smith, and Claude Sutton.

Several years ago, Claude McCalister was called off the course only to learn he needed immediate open-heart surgery. After a stint in the hospital, he came back shooting mid 70 rounds.

This hunt will never be a hardship on anyone’s billfold with one dollar going to the winning team on the front side, one dollar to the winners on the back, and one buck to the “all the way” winners. Side bets and skins are sometimes played. The contestants often complete their 18 hole rounds in less than four hours.

The Williams group often enjoys a trip to a different course in the area such as Stone Creek located in Champaign, Ill.

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