News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 15, 2012

RUB OF THE GREEN: Grayless takes over as golf professional at Hulman Links

Bob Arnett
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Ed Grayless has assumed the “head man’s” position at the Links after Ryan Klopfenstein resigned as Hulman Links golf professional in order to pursue other interests.

Grayless and his wife, Debbie, are the parents of three daughters, Megen, Tiffany and Erin. Ed is proud of Megen for losing 70 pounds working at the golf course.

The affable Grayless indicated that he has always had an interest in merchandising. In fact, he was managing two Osco Drug Stores when he got a call from Jon Holloway with an offer to work for him at Rea Park.

After 10 years at Rea, Ed has spent the past seven working at Hulman Links.

Local golfers have always enjoyed the trips that Ed organized in which various Indiana and Illinois courses were visited. They included Twin Bridges, Heartland Crossing, The Trophy Club, Iron Horse, Stone Creek and others.

Ed Grayless is a graduate of Gerstmeyer Technical High School, where he participated in football and golf. He shot in the 70s in high school. His lone hole-in-one came on No. 4 at Hulman, when he hit an 8-iron into the cup.

Grayless indicated that junior clinics will take place on Mondays and Tuesdays during June and July in conjunction with the Terre Haute Boys and Girls Club.

A golfer’s special will continue to be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Hulman at which time players may get green fees, use of a cart and lunch for $27.

A complement of experienced personnel is on hand to make anyone’s trip to Hulman Links memorable.

Some of these who work to make Hulman Links one of the best places to play include rangers, Dick Stockberger, John Bones and Mike Barnes. Other workers are Dave Brown, Tom Rohr, John Deardoff, Linus Haller, Megen Grayless and Peggy Pearson.

Dave Alumbaugh is the greenskeeper, a position he has held since the course opened in 1978.

Many, if not millions, were watching The Masters telecast last week when Tiger Woods went off on one of his “meltdowns.”

Onlookers were undoubtedly appalled to watch as Tiger threw his clubs and kicked them while adding some strong profanities along the way. Obviously, he should know better.

It should be remembered that The Masters is presented under the sole auspices of The Masters committee who are in charge of the tournament, period.

A few years back, announcer Gary McCord made reference to the greens, bikini wax and body bags. He was promptly ushered off the microphone where he has never returned.

It has been rumored that Tiger Woods gets a laugh out of the number of times he has been fined by the PGA for his frequent bouts of inappropriate conduct. It would undoubtedly be wise for Eldrick Woods to begin paying attention to his conduct in that there are green-jacketed committeemen at Augusta who have the power to suspend Tiger Woods, should they be so inclined, and that would surely not be a laughing matter.

Tiger Woods has been considered a larger-than-life icon from the time he appeared on the world golf scene. He arrived with his “hello world” announcement. And he delivered, winning tournaments in machine-gun fashion, one after another.

It looked to be just a short matter of time before he would eclipse Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major tourney wins, but that was before an infamous sex scandal that surely damaged Woods’ image. His former wife left with their two young children and a considerable portion of his net worth that had been heading toward the $1 billion mark.

The fact that Woods is a phenomenal golfer would be impossible to refute, but his involvement in a highly publicized divorce, misconduct and more birthdays may have contributed to his current problems on the course.   

It seems time for Woods to terminate some of his tantrums and “grow up.” He’s not a teenager any more. He needs to act like a gentleman.

Lowell Smith, retired electrician, made the sparks fly recently at River Bend at the Landing when he scored birdies on holes one and three followed by a hole-in-one on No. 12, where he flew his 7-iron into the cup “on the fly” and against the wind.

Lowell wasn’t through yet, however, as evidenced by his eagle on No. 16 en route to a smooth 68.

This was Smith’s second ace. His first hole-in-one was made at Idle Creek. Witnessing Lowell’s perfect shot were Claude McCalister and Claude Sutton.

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

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