PGA Championship: Whistling Straits will challenge competitors

By JOHN REITMAN STAFF WRITER When the world’s best golfers tee off today to begin their quest for the 97th PGA Championship, viewers might think for a minute that they are watching a rerun of the British Open. That’s no coincidence. The Straits Course at Whistling...

First Tee: Building character on the golf course

By JOHN REITMAN STAFF WRITER Golf is a game built on tradition, sportsmanship and etiquette and the unique qualities of self-control, self-governance and self-reporting of rules violations. One thing all these traits have in common is they are learned behavior. For millions of...

Area Golf: Courses looking to draw more female golfers

By JOHN REITMAN STAFF WRITER The stereotype for golf is that it is a game for old men chomping cigars on the course and spending the remainder of the day in a dark clubhouse swigging single malt Scotch. While that might be part of the game’s legacy, its real growth...

Golf: Pukka headwear is a Findlay creation

By JOHN REITMAN STAFF WRITER Webster defines the word “Pukka” as “first class” or “genuine.” That is exactly the definition Shawn Rogers was seeking when he created a sports headwear company in Findlay more than 10 years ago. So, when an...

Golf: Findlay roots remain strong for Stacy

By JOHN REITMAN Staff Writer Once in a while, someone comes along with a message that, for whatever reason, sticks with its recipient. The name of the messenger might escape memory over time, but the meaning behind the communiqué remains as vivid as a photograph. For Cheryl...

Golf: OSU’s turf education program one of the best in the nation

By JOHN REITMAN STAFF WRITER For years, Ohio State University golf has been synonymous with names like Jack Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf, Joey Sindelar and John Cook. Indeed, Ohio State has a rich golf history. A total of 22 former Buckeyes have played professionally, collecting more...

Golf: Heitkamp stresses team bonding

By JOHN REITMAN staff writer Automobile mogul Henry Ford once said, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress: working together is success.” That philosophy summarizes the history of the Van Buren boys golf program during the past four decades as...

Area Golf: Spragg trying to ramp up interest in junior golf

By JOHN REITMAN STAFF WRITER When his granddaughter wanted a table for her college dorm room, Dr. Charles Spragg went to his vehicle, pulled out a battery-powered saw and some wood he happened to have on hand and made one right there in the parking lot. When it comes to getting...

A golf treasure at West Point

By JOHN REITMAN Staff Writer WEST POINT, N.Y. — With breathtaking hilltop vistas and elevation changes of some 200 feet, the West Point Golf Course is a lot like most other Robert Trent Jones layouts — extremely beautiful with a level of difficulty that borders on the...

Local golf: Courses balance beauty, environmental concerns

By JOHN REITMAN STAFF WRITER The term “Augusta Syndrome” sounds like the title of a science fiction movie from the 1970s, but for those who work on golf courses, the phrase can be much more frightening than anything wrought by an alien in a Hollywood film. Named for...
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