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May 9, 2010

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



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Not to be outdone, lady golfers from Terre Haute also have enjoyed outings. Carrie Werneke, one of the best distaff golfers Terre Haute has produced, recalls that Grace McBride first organized a group that enjoyed “Go-Go” trips to various locales.

After 10 years McBride handed the Go-Go job over to Werneke who was also a past president of the Indiana’s Women’s State Golf Tournament.

Werneke recalls that there were problems back in those days in that women were not allowed to play many courses that were known as “men only” clubs. Through various business pursuits and with the assistance of Mary Jane Baxter, Werneke’s Go-Go excursion was allowed to play Crooked Stick and Meridian Hills, two of Indiana’s finest courses, provided a member of those clubs was in each foursome.

Carrie recalls that Terre Haute’s Helen Bembridge, Mary Doherty, and Babe Wisely were active members of the Go-Go lady golfers.

Several years ago the group traveled by bus to their venue and the bus had a sign which read “Go-Go Trip”. Many at their destination thought the bus was loaded with go-go girls. This misrepresentation led to the group becoming the Three G’s, standing for Go-Go Golfers.

Carrie Werneke has won many tournaments in local, state and regional competitions and a more talented and gracious individual would be most difficult to find.

Next time we’ll take a look at more excursions and leagues that attract the interest of local golfers.

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Congratulations to a half dozen long ball hitters who braved some devilish pin placements during Rea Park’s Two Man Tournament recently. Gregg Kluesner and son, Charlie managed a one shot win over Tom Jones and Terre Haute Golf Association President, Chris Keen. Blayd Horrall and Ryan Roscoe were third at two strokes behind the winners.

There is no one among these six players who can’t rip a tee shot some unbelievable distances. How about a driving contest in conjunction with the city tournament?

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