As you might remember the last couple of months, we here at Golf Plus put out a request for our
readers send in stories of “fun times” (or other moments) that were special in their golfing lives. Here are
(2) stories that we decided were (a tie!). The winning submissions – thanks to all who sent in their stories,
we will hold on to them (&) maybe they will find these pages in the future.
From: Barb B. of Crown Point, IN
Thinking back on times I’ve had golfing with friends – for (3) years straight, we went to Myrtle Beach, S.C. for a 5 day trip with golf at different courses each day for (18) holes. My brother put it all together, and we always had lots of fun. One time we went for two people’s 50th birthdays, which we announced on the plane & announced it was a combined birthday celebration of 100 years!!
During that trip, we had a friend get a hole-in-one (and) on the 15th green. We saw an alligator, which we thought was decoration -but- yipes! It turned out to be real! So as you can imagine, we got in our carts quickly & needless to say – did not! finish that hole. That’s my story – Those years will always be special in my memory – Thanks for listening.
From: Joseph D. of Valparaiso, IN
I play golf every Friday with my brother and our friend Jim at different courses. I guess you can say I’m sort of a ball hawk. It seems that every time I get close to the woods or water hazards, it just draws me to it. My brother and friend are constantly telling me, “Lets go, we’re here to play golf”. A few years ago we were visiting my son in Miami, Florida. He took me out to a really nice course called Crandon Park in Key Biscayne. On the way there I asked him if there were any alligators on this course. He told me there was none on this course and that this course would have them removed.
Well! We get to hole #12. It’s a 15 ft. elevated tee with water below and to the green. On the other side of the lake sits the green at approximately 176 yards at the waters edge with the pin 12 feet from the water. There was a backup on the tee of two other foursomes. Out of the eight people, four balls landed in the water by the green. We were ready to hit. My son, who is an excellent golfer was two and a half feet from the hole. I made the edge of the water. When we got there, I saw about 25 golf balls at the edge of the pond. So I got a sand trap rake and went to town. I got about nine balls out of the water and went to get more. Low and behold an alligator lunged out of the water at me. Scared the daylights out of me. If I didn’t have the rake in my hand, I would have been in the alligator’s mouth. He took the rake under the water and I didn’t see the rake or the gator again. Alas, I’m not a ball hawk any more. P.S. The water was crystal clear and the gator must have been lying in wait. But I never saw it until it was ALMOST too late. Every time I play golf I thank God for sand trap rakes.
*Since we had a tie – we will award (2) each – sets of passes to each winner – for (2) free rounds of golf including cart to a couple of our fine region golf courses. *And on the note of winners – we would like to congratulate: John A. of Schererville – Pete R. of Hobart – Steve D. of St. John – Danny W. of Hammond – Laura M. also of Hammond - and Ki H. of Valpo – who all called in (in) May to guess the Masters championship winner (in that contest) -and- have all won (2) free rounds of golf w/ cart to the beautiful Valparaiso CC!
Around The Tours: While I was “fishing,” an awful lot of great golf went on (on) all the professional golf tours: briefly:
The LPGA: Sei Young Kim defeated Ariya Jutanugarn in the final match in the Lorena Ochoa match play – Lexi Thompson gets her 8th career win in the Kingmill Championship – The Volvik Championship went to Shanshan Feng – The Shoprite LPGA Classic was won by I.K. Kim – Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn won in a playoff at the Manulife LPGA Classic (moving her to the #1 spot in the world) – Canadian Brooke Henderson (19 yrs old) got her 4th LPGA title at the Meijer LPGA Classic – while South Korean S. Yeon Ryu won the LPGA Tour’s NWArkansas Championship.
The European Tour: Introduces the new “Golfsixes” event – with Denmark’s team of Bjorn Oleson & Lucas Bjerregaard winning the title – Matt Wallace won the 55th edition of the Portuguese Open – Alvaro Quiros won the Rocco Forte Open in Sicily - the BMW PGA Championship went to the fast rising Swedish star Alex Noren – the Nordea Masters title was won by Renato Paratore (making him (at 19) the youngest to ever win on the Euro Tour and Dylan Frittelli got his 1st win at the Lyoness Open in Austria.)
The Champions Tour: Saw “Long John” Daley get his 1st ever win on the Champions Tour at the Insperty Invitational (Welcome back John!) – Bernhard Langer ties Jack Nicklaus’ record of (8) senior majors with his win at the Regions Tradition – and then – the following week at the 78th Senior PGA Championship, he gets the record! with his 9th senior major…that’s (32) Champions Tour wins, the man can just flat play! – Brandt Jobe then won the following week for his 1st win at the Principal Charity Classic in Des Moines, Iowa – and to close out June, the ever popular, Fred Couples won the American Family Insurance Championship in Madison, Wisconsin.
The Men’s PGA Tour: Was busy as ever with Savannah, Georgia’s own Arian Harman winning the Wells Fargo Championship – followed the next week by an exciting win for 21 yr old South Korean Si Woo Kim at the prestigious Player’s Championship – Billy Horshel won his 4th career PGA Tour title in a playoff with Jason Day at the 64th AT&T Byron Nelson Classic – Kevin Kisner won for the 2nd time on tour by capturing the Dean & Deluca Invitational at the historic Colonial C.C. – Jack’s 42nd Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio saw Jason Dufner continue his fine career with, this, his 5th career title – the 60th Fed Ex St. Jude Classic trophy was handed to Daniel Berger for the 2nd time in a row – (and) – the 117th US Open held at the beautiful Erin Hills GC in Erin, Wisconsin (a course measured over 7,800 yds, walked a couple times this event week, and equals a 9+ mile walk for contestants!) – was won by (27) yr old Brooks Koepka for the 1st major of his career – and closing out June – Jordan Spieth let everybody know he’s still around, holing out a dramatic sand shot on the 1st hole of a play-off with Daniel Berger to win the PGA-Travelers Championship!
Happy 4th (and all of) July to everybody – time to get out & enjoy some events; etc. Like: “Cruise Night” at Wicker Park – the car show starts at 7:00PM, and the feature film begins at dusk – did I mention it was free?! Call (219)932-2530 x331 for the details. (And) also at Wicker – the 2017 Summer Concert Series has begun (with great bands every week for the over 21 crowd). Call (219)932-2530 x324 for info.
“Bogeys & Beer” – Sound like something you’re familiar with? Well, in this case, it’s a fun event at the beautiful Summertree GC in Merrillville, IN – being held Sat, July 8th – Call Vikki Hegan for further info at (219)765-0768.
(And) if you are looking to fill-in (or) replace some of that golf equipment you’ve been complaining about – go on over to J&M Golf – (Thurs., July 20th thru Sunday, July 23rd) – for their 7th annual giant tent sale – call (219)365-5611 – they have a ton of great stuff!
(Also) another major comes up this month – the British Open – and I am always “forced” to pick a winner – I think just to get made fun of! – Anyway – I think Dustin Johnson can handle the Royal Birkdale Course – Good luck Dusty – Make me look good!
Special thanks this month: To Mike & Kathy Modrzejewki, to the irrepressible Ashley! To all those who participated in our contest! To Josh at Valpo CC & Brett at Wicker Park for the prizes. To Barg for making the fishing trip so much fun! (And) a special hello to Gwen at Gleason, my buddyWally at Ringo’s Golf Center and all the “boys” at Wicker who I was glad to see -and- speaking of Wicker, one more time, go see our good friend Bill Springer and his crew as they host their very informative successful junior golf camp July 10th thru the 13th (ages 8-18) – call (219)838-9809 for details.
(And) if you have a suggestion for a feature article you would like to see covered -or- if you just want to chime in – please contact me at our e-mail address: golfplus3@netzero. com or leave me a voicemail at (219)947-4314, and to read past golf course reviews – or to just visit Golf Plus newspaper online – visit our website at GolfPlusOnline.net.
Lastly: I thought I would share with you a framed quote that hangs in my home; “Golf is the closest game to the game we call life – You get bad breaks from good shots, you get good breaks from bad – but you always have to play the ball where it lies.” – Bobby Jones…Thanks Mr. Jones…See ya next month. - Pete