News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 23, 2011

RUB OF THE GREEN: On the lanes or links, Davis is competitive

Bob Arnett
Special to the Tribune-Star

BLOOMINGTON — Darrell Davis carries a 240 bowling average which obviously puts him in some strong company on the alleys, but he feels that golf is a much more difficult sport than keggling.

Davis admits that he can give the golf ball a lengthy ride but it has a habit of flying in a variety of directions, certainly not acceptable for a former air traffic controller at Hulman Field.

Being a competitive golfer, Darrell became interested in the Golfweek Amateur Tour which offers players of all ability levels opportunities to compete against players who are evenly matched.

Those who want to join the “Tour” must first establish an “index” by playing five rounds which will identify the flight in which they will compete. Flights include Championship, A, B, C and D. Courses used for tournament play include many of Indiana’s finest layouts which are: Otter Creek G. C., Brickyard Crossing, Prairie View G. C., Deer Creek G. C., Timbergate G. C., Plum Creek G. C., Hickory Stick G. C., The Trophy Club and Golf Club of Indiana. Entry fees range from $75 to $100 for these 18-hole tournaments.

Players receive points for top finishes in each tournament. Davis won four tourneys this season which included firsts at Prairie View, Timbergate, Deer Creek and Hickory Stick. Several runner-up finishes were also a part of Davis’s record. It appeared that Darrell was a shoo-in for an invitation to the Tour Championship which is slated for Oct. 21-23 at Hilton Head, S.C. But luck plays a part in golf and sometimes luck can be prefaced by the word “bad”. Davis stepped in a hole in the fairway a short time ago and the resultant knee injury spelled the end of his golf for the remainder of the year. The game can indeed be cruel, but one thing is certain, Davis will be working to get ready for the 2012 season on the Golfweek Amateur Tour.

• Congratulations to the Matthews Park team on their recent win in the Interclub Tournament. Kudos also go to co-medalists Ted Kaperak and Dave Brown, the only two in the field who managed to break par on a course that looks easy and yet plays so much harder.

The Interclub has been around for many years and the event never fails to remind me of something that occurred back in the early 60s. At that time each team had twelve players with only the best 10 scores of each team counting for each squad. The low 10 scores of the low gross team was awarded a small trophy which was not engraved and probably cost no more than a dollar and a half.

One player on the winning gross team could be heard yelling, “I knew it, I just knew it.  I’m number 11 and I don’t get a trophy.” At that, five or six members of the low gross winners tossed their trophies toward the disconsolate golfer who then picked up the awards and threw them back saying, “I don’t want a trophy I didn’t win.”

The story should end right there but it doesn’t. The unhappy divot digger then stated, “I’ll show everybody what I think of this game, and my irons, which I hit all over the course today.” He added, “I’ll just decorate the fir trees with them.” He then grabbed a three iron, snapped the shaft across his knee and hung the two pieces of the club on a branch of the tree. He then snapped the shaft of another club. At that moment a head extended from the pro shop and a voice could be heard, “Stop breaking those clubs. You haven’t paid for them yet.” That’s golf.



A pat on the back for Lee Shipley who has been striving for a long time to play a round of golf with a score in the 60s. After having his hopes dashed on many occasions by late round bogies and double bogies, Shipley finally realized his objective with a 69 from regulation tee boxes at Riverbend at the Landing.

Any golfer can be proud of posting a round in the 60s, and the first one can be memorable. Congratulations Lee.

•Question for those who wonder: What hole is the most difficult in Terre Haute? Answer in the next column.

• Tip of the week— I’ve never endorsed many of golf’s instructional methods, gadgets and gizmos, but one that appears to have merit would be “A.J. Reveals the Truth About Golf.” A.J. offers a common sense approach to the game.

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