- Last Updated on 05:04 PM 06/13/13
- BY Ronnie Pate
This weekend is Father’s Day and to all you lucky dads, Happy Father’s Day. Being a father is topped only by being a grandfather, and I am very blessed by being both.
With that said, it is also time for the Green’s Folly Golf Course mens Member-Guest Golf Tournament, and of course, the U.S. Open, the second major of the year on the PGA Tour.
The Folly, for many years, has hosted its biggest social event of the year on Father’s Day. At one time, there were as many as 10 or 12 teams that were made up of fathers and sons.
Over time that diminishes due to age, deaths or disabilities that every family goes through, and as we reflect back we remember with heavy hearts some of those great teams.
This year’s field of 120 or so golfers will get it started at 8 a.m. Saturday morning with a shotgun start and another one at 1 p.m.
They will play best ball on Saturday, but will revert to captain’s choice on Sunday.
The winners will be announced after the 36-hole format, and if all goes well, around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, another one will go in the books.
This ‘n’ that
Meanwhile, in Ardmore, Pa., the U.S. Open will be played at Merion Golf Club’s East Course. Even though the 6,966-yard par-70 course is not that long, they will have it toughened up with rough and some very interesting pin placements.
The USGA has lined up some very interesting pairings for the first two rounds, and the made-for-television pairings could draw a record audience on TV.
Saturday and Sunday’s pairings, of course, will be made up by scores, but it will be fun to watch.
I saw my old buddy Joe Nichols at Wally World Saturday, and he tells me some interesting info on the neighborhood’s most famous swimmer-golfer, Kenneth Hardy. It seems that every time Kenneth goes to West Virginia to the horse track, bad luck happens. According to Joe, the last three times Kenneth has picked a horse, the horse has fallen, broken a leg and had to be put down.
Now according to Charlestown, W.Va. records, most of the owners have requested that Kenneth not bet on their horse.
Speaking of Joe, it is a shame he never took up golf because of his farming obligations. Joe was one of the best county league baseball players you could ever hope to see, and, of course, his bowling was second to none. He is a great athlete that just did not want to get hooked.
There has been a lot of play this week as area golfers have been getting ready for the tourney at Green’s Folly Golf Course. The weather is supposed to be almost perfect, with highs in the low 80’s and not much chance of rain.
I checked out the course Wednesday and it is in good shape. With the nice weather, low scores should be in abundance.
A contingent of local golfers went to Beaver Hills Golf Course last weekend and came very close to winning the charity event for breast cancer. The main prize was a golf trip to Primland, one of the most challenging and nicest golf courses in the region. The trip also included an overnight stay in their luxurious resort.
Due to a playoff loss, they had to settle for second-place, which dropped them from Primland to a round of golf at Forest Park. Now that is a complete drop off because Forest Park has suffered some hard times lately and is not in very good shape.
Jimmy Clay seems to think that maybe the match was thrown since Brad Schrader did not want to spend the night with Luke, his playing partner. Checked with David Day, and he says not. David seems to think that neither one of them could stand being away from home for the night.
With the weather moving in to Ardmore for the week, a lot people seem to think the golfers might burn up Merion because it is going to soften it up.
I think not because of the rough they will be playing in. It will be tough to judge when it gets wet.
Green’s Folly Member-Guest, U.S. Open, College Baseball World Series, it just does not get any better.
The invitational golf tournament played at Kinderton Country Club last week ran into some rough weather, and made the course a little tough to handle for individual scores. Halifax County had a few individual golfers that played, and Woody Clay came out the only winner of his flight. Woody shot 81-74 to win his flight. At his breakfast reception this morning, I am sure he will catch the devil for sandbagging. Woody and his partner, James Lewis, will be a force to be reckoned with this weekend at Green’s Folly.
A lot of the juniors are out on the course working on their games. If you see some of them, give them some encouragement, and if they need help, pitch in. They hear enough negative talk, and you could be the one that makes a difference.
Enjoy the weekend, play well, enjoy your guest, and if you get a chance, thank a father. We are not as important as Mothers, but we try. HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!