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October 7, 2006

Rub of the Green: Memorials a common site on Valley courses

TERRE HAUTE — Memorials, monuments, testimonials and remembrances may be found in a variety of places, not the least of which are golf courses.

At the beginning of the current golf season, Jim Peo and Gene Verostko were honored at City Hall for their services to Terre Haute’s golfing community.

Peo was recognized for his contributions as head professional at Hulman Links from the course’s inception in 1978 until 2004. Verostko, an 18-time city champion, was honored for the 26 years he had served as a member of the Terre Haute Park Board.

Two benches, suitably inscribed, now sit on the porch at Hulman Links. They pay tribute to the services Peo and Verostko, respectively, have rendered to Terre Haute golfers.

A large stone monument near Hulman Links’ first tee is inscribed as follows: “When you believe in yourself, you are always in the game. In memory of Joe Rozgony.” Joe was certainly one of Terre Haute’s most popular players.

Halfway up the cart path to Hulman’s number-four tee, a monument may be found that reads, “Harry Burk, truly a golfer’s friend.” This stone was provided by Ann and Artie Meeks, a pair of the most recognizable players at Hulman Links.

Larry “Red” Hartman is remembered with a bench by Hulman’s 16th tee placed there by his friends. On it is also inscribed Larry “Red” Hartman, Everybody’s friend. Also inscribed is one of Red’s favorite putting tips which indicates, “Push it down the line.”

Two additional benches can be found on the Hulman Links veranda. Both inscriptions say “To our friend.” One honors Ed Scott, an outstanding track coach and teacher at Wiley High School and later at South Vigo. This was made available by longtime friends and golfing buddies, E.V. “Curly” Halt, Knute Johnson and Paul “Shorty” Thomas.

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