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Youngsters with emotional and behavioral issues at Edgewood Children’s Center. Kids with hearing impairments at Central Institute for the Deaf. Families looking for a place to stay at St. Louis Transitional Hope House. These are just a few of the 250 nonprofits that benefit every year from funding provided by Old Newsboys Day.
There are few things that can truly be perfect, and even fewer that can accurately be measured for perfection. Golf provides that one possible moment of It couldn’t have been better greatness: the hole-in-one. As rare as they are, these readers have managed multiple shots of flawlessness and strokes of victory. We know who you want on your next team!
An eagle is magnificent but an albatross is unimaginable. Heck, for me a birdie is an accomplishment.
A region-wide cakewalk, a Valentine’s Day ‘Burnin’ Love’ festival at Forest Park, and a giant heart sculpture in the Grand Basin are some of the highlights on tap for ST. LOUIS’ 250TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION in 2014. This week, before a gathering of the city’s civic and community leaders, the new nonprofit, stl250, announced some of the key events to commemorate the city’s founding by Pierre Laclede in 1764. The 2014 celebration will be co-hosted by Mayor FRANCIS SLAY and St. Louis County Executive CHARLIE DOOLEY. Stl250 co-chairs are Ameren’s TOM VOSS, and his wife, CAROL; with ERIN BUDDE as the organization’s executive director. Stay tuned, LN will have more details about the semiquincentennial milestone in the coming weeks!
The Metropolitan Match Play Championship trophy has many familiar names etched on it, including such amateur standouts as Don Bliss, Jim Holtgrieve, Skip Berkmeyer and Justin Bryant.
Tee time approaching? You had better hope you’re heading to one of these spectacular Missouri golf courses. Never sub-par, these local courses offer some of the best views and amenities to golfers—and have the rankings and professional events to prove it.
Ron Oldham from Plaza Motors in front of the 8th hole hole-in-one prize car, a 2012 Infinity G37
He is at a golf course every morning at 6 a.m. He wants to be the first person off, and he doesn’t have time to wait behind a foursome of a bunch of hackers. He has too much at stake. He has a swing out of Golf Digest and the mind of a champion. He also has a dream: 23-year-old Justin Bryant wants to be a member of the PGA Tour.
As elusive as an Bigfoot or the chupacabra, a hole-in- one is the ultimate goal for golfers. Here, readers tell us the stories of their success:
Tom Eidelman says he got his first-ever hole-in-one around noon on Feb. 26, 2012, at Westwood Country Club�s hole No. 7. �It was on my first golf outing of the year and I was excited to get back out on the course after breaking my thumb a few months before,� he says. The fortuitous shot was uphill, over water on a 128-yard par 3 with about 20 mile-per-hour wind in the face, shot with an 8 iron. �There were two other witnesses,� he notes. �Including my cousin Alex Reby�a much better golfer who has not had a hole-in-one yet.�
Ed LeBeau of Heartland Golf Schools earned a recent hole-in-one on May 31, 2012, on the eighth hole at Golf Club of Florissant. The 160-yard shot was made with a 5 iron. �This was a very satisfying hole-in-one as the tee is perched 100 feet above the green, so we could see the flight of the ball was beautifully arched and always aligned with the flagstick,� he says.
Reed McCrory�s hole-in-one took place on July 23, 2009, on Hole No. 17 at the Innsbrook Resort Golf Course. He used a 3 iron for the 207-yard shot. �It was my first, and only, hole-in-one,� he says. �I had been playing mediocre at best, and even with this ace, didn�t break 90�but I felt like a pro for just a bit after that 3 iron.�
Jackie Polette says the best day of her life was May 19, 2012, when she got a hole-in-one. She started golfing about four years ago, beginning with lessons and practicing religiously. �Just this summer, I got to the point where I�m starting to beat some of my guy buddies,� she says. On the day of her hole-in-one, she was playing one of her �worst rounds of golf ever,� she says. After her recent hot streak, the bad day became frustrating. �We are at Quail Creek, hole 13, it�s 110 yards,� she recalls. �I accidentally grab my 7 iron�wrong club, but at this point I�m on the tee box and my score card is so ugly it�s not worth turning around to grab a shorter club.� Her friend, Ron, was to the left of the green and threw up his arms like she had made a field goal. �Every horrible shot I had made that day or any other day didn�t even matter.�
What a busy month! Let’s start with something I only have had happen in my dreams: getting a hole in one. Debbie Manne, a member of Norwood Hills Country Club, had two holes in one within three weeks of each other. How about that? Her first came on par-3 No. 7 on the West Course on Aug. 9. Then on Aug. 31, she got her second one on the par-3 No. 10 on the East Course. Her friend, Beth Schastee, witnessed the first hole in one. And basketball coaching legend Bobby Knight, who was in town for a benefit, was playing Norwood that day and was two holes ahead of Manne. When they met in the clubhouse, he graciously signed her scorecard.
It’s been a busy month with the state high school golf tournaments plus other amateur events in the area. Let’s tee it up and see what’s been happening.
Like the elusive hole-in-one, the names St. Andrews, Royal Dornoch and Turnberry have a place in the not-so-secret daydreams of most serious golfers. And even if you just enjoy a casual putterin’ around the green, winning a trip to some of Scotland’s most famous golf courses would be a treat.
Fore! Spring is here and it’s time to get the clubs out of storage and head to the practice range. While we’ve been anxious to get on the greens, golf news has been moving forward…
When…the Hellenic Spirit Foundation received funding from the annual “Greek Golf Open”? Some 135 golfers participated in the four-person scramble with lunch, dinner, an auction and live entertainment by Niko Georges. Event proceeds totaled almost $63,500. Pictured: Chris Christ, Tony Karakas and Bill Kallaos.
The Ruth Park Driving Range in University City opened earlier this month. Located just minutes from downtown Clayton off Old Bonhomme Road, the facility offers unprecedented convenience for area players. High school golf coaches and teams are excited with the new practice facility, too. Twenty-five hitting stations overlook a rolling terrain with target greens and bunkers. For evening practice, state-of-the-art lights, both on the ground and in the air, allow perfect view of the ball flight while casting minimal dispersion of lumens to surrounding footage outside the active range area. Automated ball dispensing accommodates cash, tokens and e-cards that may be loaded and renewed. Professional instruction is available for all skill levels.
Living with a disability is challenging enough on a daily basis. And for many people who have disabilities, trying to find stable and fulfilling work can be a monumental task. That’s where Life Skills steps in, advocating for thousands of the 100,000-plus Missourians with developmental disabilities. Last year, the organization aided more than 1,400 individuals and their families, enhancing their lives through meaningful employment. While there are countless success stories at Life Skills, the need never stops, according to president Wendy Sullivan, who says the organization recently expanded into St. Charles County. Sullivan says the organization is also seeing different groups of people who need services, specifically the rising population of persons with autism. “There are more and more adults being diagnosed with autism, so we’re working with an increasing number of individuals who are affected by it,” she says. “About 80 percent of new clients who’ve come to us this year have been diagnosed with some form of autism.”
Wayne Fick on the second hole of the Dogwood Course at Forest Park.
Dr. George Duello and Scott Oulds, PGA Head Professional at Greenbriar Hills Country Club.
Jonathan Frank, Tim Feldbruegge, Mark Lucas and Josh Boggess