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July 22, 2012

RUB OF THE GREEN: Hunts still popular on golf course

TERRE HAUTE — There is something about golf that lends itself to some friendly competition and in times gone by, the competitions were called “choose-ups.” Somewhere along the line, choose-ups became “hunts.” Regardless of what you call them, they remain a most popular mode of play for Terre Haute divot-diggers on courses throughout the Wabash Valley.

Let’s take a look at Hulman Links. When the course opened back in 1978, golfers from far and wide traveled to Terre Haute to play what many felt were the toughest 18 holes in the State of Indiana.

Tim Mundy excelled in basketball and to boot helped Terre Haute North to an IHSAA baseball state championship. Mundy was a latecomer to golf, but he learned quickly. At DePauw, he played golf in his 5th year since he was not eligible for baseball. He has a Hulman Links Club Championship and a Mini City title on his resume.

On Saturday, July 14, Mundy assembled 23 players at Hulman Links. Members of the Mundy Hunt were: Mark Neaderhiser, Chuck Payne, Ted Collins, Doc Snoddy, Dave Brown, Jason Kyle, Gus Solomon, Linus Haller, Mark Malone, Chuck Adamson, Bubba Atkinson, Glen Jones, and Chris Keen. Also included were Tom Jones, Kevin McCray, Jim Homburg, Mark Bird, Gary Stuck, Phil Ralston, Ted Schneider and Larry “Dog” Tackett.

Although many players flip coins to determine the order in which they choose teams, Mundy takes a different approach. He chooses the pickers. The two best scores on each hole count toward the team’s score.

Another hunt played concurrently is the Nasser Hunt, which takes places at Hulman Links on weekdays. However, on weekends, the hunt is known as the Bill Doan, Jr. – Scott McVey Hunt. Doan is a product of Terre Haute North, while McVey played for Terre Haute South.

If it sounds unusual to have two names for the same hunt, it is. Abe Nasser, a former three-time winner of the Terre Haute Junior Championship, has been heading the weekday competition since Hulman Links opened for play. Players in the hunt are Abe Nasser, Sr., Bill Doan, Jr., Dan Grmelich, Dave Alumbaugh, Scott McVey, Kenny McVey, Mike Wright, Dave Nasser, Ted Kaperak, Fred Reynolds, Ted Schneider, and Brent Bocard. Some players participate in multiple hunts.

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