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The best golf course in each state — an alphabetical list, Part II

Last week I gave you the top golf course in the first 10 states of the union — alphabetically, of course. From Shoal Creek to Castle Pines, Cypress Pines to Augusta National, these courses are dream venues that most of us will never get a chance to play. Just in case you have some pull that ...

Mohawk staying focused after hot start

SYCAMORE — Mohawk’s players didn’t seem to want to bask in the glory for too long Friday night. Yes, they enjoyed the 35-14 win over Carey. And yes, the Warriors are aware they’re ranked fourth in The Associated Press Division VII poll. Cole Zender was coming off a career game. The ...

Why do we still love and follow the Browns?

The ball hit wide receiver Corey Coleman in the hands and fell to the ground. The game and the worst season in Cleveland Browns history were over. Hoping so much to avoid an 0-16 season, wanting so badly to avoid infamy for my team, was fruitless. After 19 seasons of incompetence, the ...

Want to play golf in all 50 states? Here’s a list for you to consider

My thoughts turned to my cousin’s wife the other day. Barbara Young has played golf in all 50 states. I wrote about her accomplishment a few years ago as she played in Alaska to complete her dream. Her feat came to me as I purchased tickets to an Atlanta Braves game to keep my hobby alive. ...

One never knows what’s going to happen on the golf course

There are many things in life that you can mark down as a sure bet. Your spouse, for example, is going to greet you with a cheery hello every morning. Similarly, you are going to have to cut your grass again, even after so little rainfall took place for six weeks that you were sure it would ...

TC makes a statement in Week 1 win

Kaeden Hatlay left the celebratory team huddle Friday night. Spotting me on the sideline, the senior Columbian linebacker came up, grinned and shook my hand. “Thanks for picking us to lose,” he said. Momentarily startled, all I could come up with was “hey, if it works...” Maybe I ...

C.W.A.I.G — A recap of the PGA Championship, a 59 and a big scramble

For those of you who are familiar with this column, you may have already figured out the initials above. Frequently, I write “TWIG” columns which stand for This Week in Golf. Since I have spent the last few weeks pouring over an alphabetical list of golf terminology, you did not get my ...

Wrapping up my alphabetical list of golf terms just for your pleasure

In the last few weeks I have compiled and shared an alphabetical list of golf terms. Many are common, some not well known and a few just downright bizarre. Here are the ones we’ve discussed thus far. Albatross, banana ball, chicken wing, duck hook, even par, ferrules, gooseneck, hacker, ...

My alphabetical list of golf terms makes the turn to the back nine

Just to recap the A to M golf terms that I have described thus far: albatross, banana ball, chicken wing, duck hook, even par, ferrules, gooseneck, hacker, interlocking grip, jump, knock down shot, lag putt and mulligan. Now it’s time to continue the list. My guess is that you will be ...

My alphabetical list of golf terms stops for the week on the letter M

Over the last two weeks I have given you 12 terms used in golf as I decided to go through the alphabet. My lists included albatross, banana ball, chicken wing, duck hook, even par, ferrules, gooseneck, hacker, interlocking grip, jump, knock down shot and lag putt. My expectation was to finish ...

Many lessons learned from Thai soccer team rescue

The Olympians are coming to Tiffin and surrounding communities in October. In the interim, it is great to celebrate the Olympic effort of a youthful coach in Thailand who saved the lives of his 12 players this month. There are plenty of other sport stories, including France beating Croatia in ...

My ‘spin’ on an alphabetical list of golf terms continues unabated

On my irons they are brown, but on my woods they are black. For those of you who might need a bit more information to understand that sentence, I’m here for you. In last week’s column I told you, my faithful readers, that I found an alphabetical list of golf terms. Selecting one term for ...

An alphabetical list of terms that are used in the wacky game of golf

The list was extensive. I had no idea there were so many terms used in the game of golf. As I perused the alphabetical list, my (some would say simple) mind became intrigued. Would I find words that would make me wince? Would a term make me smile and remember an incident on the course? Would I ...

A trade for now and for the future

A trade for now and for the future For so many years, it was easy to be skeptical about the Indians. Between 2002 and 2015, the numbers weren’t pretty. One division championship. One wild card appearance. No World Series stops. During that span, we saw Cleveland pitchers win the Cy ...

T.W.I.G — new PGA Tour schedule, LPGA Marathon Classic, Tiger v. Phil

If you are a regular PGA Tour watcher, your calendar notes certain events. The first major is in April at Augusta. The last one is the PGA Championship every August. You are likely aware of other tournaments that fit nicely into everyone’s schedule including your own TV chart. Well, get ...

LeBron leaving feels a little different this time

In 2010 there was anger. In 2014 there was shock, then jubilation. Then came Sunday. There are presidential elections. There are the Olympics. And there is LeBron James free agency. Every four years. No term limits, apparently. The greatest player of his era has left the Cleveland ...

Mickelson and Caster Semenya lead the summer of sensational sport debates

Anyone who thought the NBA Finals were rigged for ratings was wrong considering the four-game sweep by the Golden State Warriors this month. LeBron’s gigantic mural is still prominent in downtown Cleveland — at least for a while as the city anticipates the King’s quick exodus to L.A. ...

Fort Wayne Fling brings rain, unexpected birdies and an end to an era

2018 marked the 27th consecutive year that my golfing buddies and I made the annual trek to Indiana for Foxy’s Fort Wayne Fling. I haven’t been going quite that long, but if you want to check my closet you will find enough Fling shirts to attest to the fact that this event has been going on ...

Story of the U.S. Open — Brooks Koepka, the USGA or Phil Mickelson?

When it comes to the U.S. Open Championship, one would think that the major storyline would be about the golfer who won the event. That is usually the case, though to be truthful, the difficulty of the course set-up is also a topic. Frequently the two combine to be the talking point, as in ...

Briefs

GOLF: In the Ex-Hi Over 50 Golf League, Ed Correll and Steve Rau are leading with 147 points each after five weeks. Denny McKown had the long putt on No. 4, while Nick Kent had the closest second shot on No. 6. Rau was closest to the pin on No. 9. n In the Clinton Heights Baumann 2 Man ...