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May 9, 2010

RUB OF THE GREEN: Excursions are a tradition for many Terre Haute golfers

TERRE HAUTE — Many divot diggers enjoy excursions to play golf courses that offer new and different challenges. Terre Haute can certainly testify to the truth of that with some groups having hit the road for many decades.

Ray Sumner initiated golf trips to Biloxi, Miss. more than thirty years ago that have included among others, his wife Lu, daughter Cyndi with husband Mark Roman, and son, Junior and his wife Carol, as well as a host of local players.

They are: Les Brown, Mac McCalister, Joe Bukovack, Mike Wagle, Bob Mann, Steve Nicoson, Gary Turner, “Joz” Jozwiak, Mike Wilson, Jack Myers, Mike Harden, Lyman Dusard, Mose Nasser, Tim Tennant, Lowell Smith and Bob Arnett.

Some of the courses they have played are: Diamondhead, The Bridges, St. Andrew’s, Shell Landing, Golf Resort at Casino Magic, and President’s Broadwater.

Jim Roberts is a member of a group that has been active for more than 50 years. Originated by Al Richmond, Dick Richmond, Mike Miller and Bill Miller. Roberts remembers that several years back players went 36 holes each day, but now they settle for 27. Other members of their entourage include: Larry Groth, Ron Amos, Gary Switzer, Mike Trendelman, Danny Williams, Larry Scott, Lowell Smith, Vern Keller, and Gary Switzer, Jr.

By the time the players have completed their circuit they will have played courses named Boots Randolph, Miller Memorial, Paris Landing, Arrowhead, Links at Nova Del, Western Hills and Cambridge. The players will have traveled to Evansville to Murray, Ky. , Cadiz, Ky. and then back to Evansville. During the trip they often stay at a state park called Land Between the Lakes.

Former Terre Haute City golf champion Tim Tennant has shepherded a pair of foursomes to a course named Hawkshead located at Southhaven, Mich.

“It’s a really good golf course that usually catches strong winds from Lake Michigan,” Tennant said.

Players making the trip in addition to Tennant include: Tim Clements, Herb McConnell, Dick Meneely, Mark Roman, Tommy Cain, Brent Hults and Floyd Shassere.

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