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September 26, 2009

Rub of the Green: Holmes held ‘corner on the market’ of club championships

When it comes to winning club championships it would appear that amiable Ron Holmes has held a “corner on the market” while winning a total of 28 of these titles throughout his 50 years as an amateur golfer.

By 1998 Holmes had captured 20 club championships at Country Club of Terre Haute. He added seven more at Grenelefe C. C. in Haines City, FL. And he topped it off with one more at Green Tree C. C. in Indianapolis, a course that once was the site of a PGA Tourney held in conjunction with the 500 Mile Race.

If you have ever watched Ron swing a golf club you would have witnessed poetry in motion.

Holmes has also won the Terre Haute City Seniors crown on four occasions. A few years back Ron tied for first in the Indiana Senior Amateur at Prestwick C. C. in Avon before settling for runner-up honors after a sudden death playoff. He has twice been runner-up in the Terre Haute City Championship.

You might think that a golfer of Holmes stature got an early start in learning the intricacies of golf, but that was not the case. As an “all-around” athlete while attending high school in Seymour, and at Cathedral High in Indianapolis, Holmes pitched for the baseball team, captained the basketball team, and quarterbacked the football team, but he didn’t play golf.

As a scholarship college athlete Holmes played baseball and basketball for Butler University before transferring to Murray State where he also received a scholarship in both baseball and basketball. It was later that Holmes served an eight-year stint in the U.S. Army Reserve. After rising to the rank of captain, he retired and took a serious interest in golf; a prelude that would lead to a most memorable golfing career.

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