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Four neat stories that prove golf is indeed a wonderful game

A UNIQUE ACE!: It is every golfer’s dream. If you have ever played this game, recording a hole-in-one is as good as it gets. Each one has its own story, but some are more unique than others. This past week Dutch Edeburn aced a hole at Seneca Hills Golf Course that qualifies in the ...

With so much happening, it’s time for 25 things

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but with so much happening locally and nationally, it’s time for an early fall edition of 25 things. 1. Even though Columbian has been soundly defeated in its first two games, you have to respect the effort of quarterback Todd Simonds. In ...

The PGA FedEx Cup playoff opener goes from stroke play to match play

Golf’s version of the playoffs began last week. It seems every sport now has some kind of playoff system including Nascar, which will start theirs after races at Darlington and Richmond. As for the PGA Tour, golfers competed for positions throughout the course of the year. The top ones ...

Pyeongchang Olympics six months away — focus still on summer host cities

Tokyo, Paris, and Los Angeles appear to be the order of the host cities for the 2020, 2024, and 2028 summer Olympics. Unless hell freezes over and the IOC doesn't sign off on a pre-arranged deal when it meets in Lima, Peru next month, USA will be waiting its turn to play host to the Games...and ...

More proposed rule changes from the USGA

A few weeks ago, I listed some proposed changes in the rules of golf. The United States Golf Association decided it was time to modernize the game. Perhaps the main purpose of the changes is to speed up the game. As a golfer who has been reduced to waiting on every shot while playing golf, I am ...

Recapping the 2017 PGA Championship and other items

If you missed this column last week I apologize. I have been under the weather the last ten days and was on a short leash. The situation was both good and bad. I was limited to watching TV and took in baseball, football, auto racing, the PGA Championship and the news. The sports portion of ...

When it comes to Hall, players held to different standard

There was a cartoon that ran during spring training in 2005. I don’t remember who drew it or even who ran it, but it was of a Detroit Tigers’ coach talking to a batboy. “Hey kid,” he said. “Go give these bats to Pudge.” The small, skinny kid is incredulous. “I AM Pudge!” he ...

LWIG — An incredible five-hole stretch at the Open Championship

While I was busy detailing the top 100 golf courses in America, a major championship was being contested across the pond. Thus, I am deviating from a “This Week in Golf” column in favor of a “Last Week in Golf” wrapup. In case you weren’t aware, the Open Championship was played at ...

The Cavs’ offseason drama continues

One of my friends called it the “NBApocalypse.” Kyrie Irving, who made the biggest shot in Cavaliers’ franchise history, the idol of boys and girls all over Ohio, wants out of Cleveland. The superstar point guard requested a trade from the Cavaliers last week, and Cleveland‘s front ...

And now here they are – Golf Digest’s top 100 golf courses in America

Let’s refresh your memory. Last week I hinted that you might get a look at the top 100 golf courses in America, a list composed by Golf Digest. Instead of naming any of the courses, I concentrated on looking at the criterion used to rate those golf courses and, maybe more importantly, how one ...

Cheering in a foreign land

PHOENIX — It was all going smoothly until the seventh inning. It’s not that I was hiding my allegiance. The Cincinnati Reds’ T-shirt I was sporting all but gave that away. Still, this was Arizona. And the thousands in attendance probably wouldn’t care that I had flown in from Ohio. ...

Would you like to take a crack at these classic par 3 golf holes?

Valley View Golf Course near Galion was the destination this week for my traveling group. Always one of my favorite golf courses, the “views” are breathtaking. The greens are quick and undulating, but the beauty of the layout takes the sting out of the multiple three putts you are likely to ...

Looking at proposed USGA rule changes in the great game of golf

The United States Golf Association has proposed a number of rules changes which, if approved, will take place beginning in 2019. According to the ruling body, the purpose of these changes is to modernize the game. The changes also should help speed up play. Now some people likely will ...

Big swings… and misses

Baseball used to be so easy. Not to play — it's one of the most difficult games there is — but to follow. You could follow statistics easily. As a kid who looked at baseball cards and box scores, there were only a few numbers that mattered to me when judging a player. Batting average, ...

What to do with Pete Rose?

Pete Rose is banned from Major League Baseball. But he hasn’t disappeared from the game. Far from it. In fact, 31 years after his last at-bat, and 28 years after he last managed, Rose remains as visible — and as indispensable — as ever. Baseball has been walking a fine line with ...

Musings on the 117th U.S. Open at Erin Hills following round two

It just so happens that my mind tends to wonder about things. With the best golfers in the world converging on Wisconsin for the U.S. Open, it’s only natural that I share my musings — whatever that means! First of all, who builds a golf course with the express purpose of hosting a U.S. ...

Browns’ Kirksey shows off moves at football camp

FOSTORIA – Cleveland Browns' linebacker Christian Kirksey showed off some moves during the Micah Hyde Football Camp at Fostoria. Yes, the fourth-year player out of Iowa — where he was a teammate of Hyde's — made some football steps as he worked on drills with kids. But he also — ...

T.W.I.G. — farmland, sandtraps, FedEx/St. Jude’s and a Field of Dreams

“To Farm or Play Golf” — My traveling golf league headed to Green Hills Golf Course near Clyde for our weekly dose of fun and/or frustration. I’ve always liked the course and now that I get to play it from the senior tees, my opinion has not changed. When I entered the clubhouse I ...

Briefs

GOLF: The Mohawk Golf Club will host its third annual Ladies Day Scramble on June 27. All lady golfers in the Tiffin area are invited. The day starts at 9:30 a.m. with a scramble followed by a lunch in the Ross Tavern catered by new chef Jimmy Jones. After lunch the ladies can play the other ...

More than just a game in Cleveland

There was never one dream. When I was a kid, there was a series of them. Growing up, I wanted to be a beat writer for a big league team. But I also wanted to be a front man of a rock band, quarterback for the Cleveland Browns and a garbage collector. Most dreams faded — I gave up on ...