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September 26, 2009

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


In recalling a highlight of his golfing experiences, Holmes quickly answers, “Some time ago I had the opportunity to play Augusta National Golf Club, the home of The Masters. Everything about Augusta is done to perfection. The course is superb and every aspect of its operation is first rate. I played the course twice and scored rounds of 79 and 80.”

Another Terre Hautean who has played Augusta National on multiple occasions is Jack Ragle who remembers, “I was on the fifth green, the hardest hole on the course in my estimation, with a downhill putt when my caddy said, ‘Just touch that putt Mr. Jack, that’s all, just touch it.’ I touched it and it sped quickly off the green. Cliff Roberts, a co-founder of the course, was looking on.”

As a testimonial to Ron Holmes’ iron play, he has scored seven holes-in-one, two accomplished with a two iron. One was made at Grenelefe during a special tourney and Ron’s portion of the prize pot for an ace totaled $350. It was the duty of the winner to buy the drinks. Later when Ron received the bill for the drinks, the total of $596. In golf, sometimes you lose even when you win.

Holmes low scores include a course record 65 at Grenelefe and another 65 at C.C. of T. H. Ron has shot his age each year from the time he was 67 until the present. He is 73.

His golfing has earned him an induction to the Terre Haute Golf Hall of Fame, an honor he richly deserves.

Holmes has had the pleasure of playing many of the top ranked courses in the United States. They include: LaCosta, Doral, San Francisco Golf Club, Merion, Olympic Club, Bellerive, San Francisco C. C. and of course, Augusta National.

Ron Holmes and his wife, the former Judy Goheen, have parented three children. Their son Jeff passed away several years ago, and his parents and sons, Taylor and Brady, survive him.

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