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Rub of the Green: Gerstmeyer Tech’s reknown Les Brown made his mark in plethora of sports
Les Brown never had a middle name, not even a middle initial. What he did have was an abundance of athletic ability that he utilized to earn letters in five different sports during his senior year at Gerstmeyer Technical High School.
Rub of the Green: An inspiring walk of 1,000 miles
Watching the young man on the TV screen move from place to place was like watching the human body battle itself. It seemed as though his arms and legs each wanted to go in separate directions, as he flailed about with only a cane to steady himself.
Rub of the Green: From fundraiser to reunited, game of golf wears many different ‘hats’
The game of golf can take on many different characteristics, depending on the objectives of those sponsoring the events. Golf may be played as a tribute or a memorial to the deceased. It may be a time of camaraderie that unites old friends.
RUB OF THE GREEN: Excursions are a tradition for many Terre Haute golfers
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.
Rub of the Green: Was 1960 really the ‘Greatest Year in Golf’?
Listening to Willie Nelson warble the lyrics, “Ain’t it funny how time slips away?” reminds this writer that those words are incorrect on two counts. One, it is not funny to get old. The late Bob Bundy often stated, “Old age is not for sissies.” And two, time doesn’t just slip away, it tends to streak on at a full gallop. At least, that’s the felling you get when you qualify for the Methuselah Flight of your club championship.
Rub of the Green: Basketball coaching legend Wooden could hold his own on golf course
The name John Wooden doesn’t just “ring a bell” with Indiana basketball aficionados; it resounds like a canon shot. No doubt about it, John Wooden is someone special, and that is a gross understatement.
RUB OF THE GREEN: Can Tiger Woods successfully make over his me-first image?
“Pain, despair and agony on me” are the words of a comical song made popular on an old TV program titled “Hee-Haw.” The refrain might have been heard again if you had occasion to drive by the Tiger Woods residence in the gated community of Isleworth, Fla., as the 2009 Thanksgiving holiday wound down, but this time no one was laughing.
- Rub of the Green: Course architect Pete Dye has had lasting impression on game It would seem that the more you learn about Pete Dye, the golf course architect, the more there is to admire about the man. It was decades ago when Dye determined that the insurance business was not for him, and he decided to begin designing golf courses. Even Pete, himself, in all likelihood, couldn’t have known the impact he was going to make on the golf world.
- RUB OF THE GREEN: French Lick course a treasure With pristine fairways, greens and bunkers providing a colorful patchwork, the course provides onlookers with the opportunity to witness some of the best experiences Mother Nature can provide.
- RUB OF THE GREEN: Strange stories connected to golf
- Rub of the Green: Holmes held ‘corner on the market’ of club championships When it comes to winning club championships it would appear that amiable Ron Holmes has held a “corner on the market” while winning a total of 28 of these titles throughout his 50 years as an amateur golfer.
- Rub of the Green: Woods vs. Yang at PGA proves anything can happen Tiger Woods wants to win major golf championships, and he wants to win them in the worst way. With 14 of them already in his resume, it looked obvious that the 2009 PGA Championship would be No. 15, especially since Tiger, No. 1 in the world, had never lost a major holding the lead going into the final round. But then, as most golfers know, cow pasture pool can be a crazy, weird and wild game.
- Rub of the Green: One of Terre Haute’s longest hitters made his mark at Firestone Watching the WGC Bridgestone Invitational played at Firestone Country Club last Sunday brought to mind an often-repeated story with a Terre Haute flavor.
- RUB OF THE GREEN: The ‘itis gang’ ready to pounce on golfers Golfers beware! They’re lurking out there on golf courses all over the world, ready to create havoc.
- Rub of the Green: Looking back at nearly 90 years of Kaperak excellence in Indiana, Illinois golf For nearly 90 years the surname “KAPERAK” has signified legendary golfers who have made their marks in competition in Indiana as well as Illinois.
- Rub of the Green: Quest is not easy, but Valley product Chad Collins should go for PGA’s pot of gold It was back in 2007 when area golf fans were happy to learn that Chad Collins from nearby Cloverdale had earned his PGA Tour card for 2008.
- Rub of the Green: Ringer Scores and Blind Bogies added to golf’s fun Several decades in the past, there were a couple of golf competitions that players enjoyed. These events were always open to players of all abilities and entry fees were minimal.
- Rub of the Green: Valley legend Gene Verostko was a man for the ages
- Rub of the Green: Looking back 50 years at golf tournaments On the local scene 50 years ago, the Terre Haute Golf Association had readied a slate of tournaments for Terre Haute and Wabash Valley divoteers.
Rub of the Green: Taking memory lane back to world of golf in 1958
Although consisting of just two words, this axiom conjures up a multitude of golfers’ recollections that have transpired during the past half-century.
- Rub of the Green: Holloway set bar for Valley’s young female golfers Most any young lady who exhibits a passion for the game of golf would be happy to follow in the footsteps of former Terre Haute South standout, Kelli Holloway.
- Rub of the Green: Old-school approach to pro tour Most professional golfers are out to fill their coffers with all the cash they can win, but there have been two notable exceptions to that line of thinking.
- Rub of the Green: A storied course in Casey, Illinois The Casey Country Club, located in eastern Illinois, has long been a favorite venue for Terre Haute divot diggers for more than five decades.
- Rub of the Green: Valley prep golfers swing ways into scholarships
- Rub of the Green: Terre Haute director of golf wants to improve services It’s definitely no accident that Ryan Klopfenstein, Hulman Links’ head professional and director of golf in Terre Haute, developed an interest in golf at an early age. Dave Alumbaugh, Ryan’s stepfather, is the long time course
- Don’t hold your breath on player challenging Woods’ dominance
- Rub of the Green: Exertion of excessive force common cause to golf injuries Anyone who has played numerous rounds of golf over an extended length of time is probably no stranger to golf-induced injuries.
- Rub of the Green: Addressing the science of luck in golf Luck on the golf course comes in two varieties as might be expected. That obviously would be luck that is good or bad, or possibly, degrees of either.
- Rub of the Green: Tiger should choose words more carefully Tiger Woods should have been reminded of two important golf axioms last Sunday when he walked off Augusta National’s 18th hole. One, it’s bad karma to state publicly that winning golf’s Grand Slam was “easily within reach,” and two, when the magic in the putter is missing, you’re probably not going to visit the winner’s circle which is synonymous with Butler Cabin when you’re playing The Masters.
Last thing a golfer needs during a tough round
An old saying goes something like this. “Golf is not a matter of life or death. It’s much more important than that.”
That may be overstating the matter, but when golf is coupled with the possibility of being murdered, it certainly gives the potential victim something to worry about.
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