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...

Area Golf: Tweed siblings bond with golf

By JOHN REITMAN STAFF WRITER When Ty and Taylor Tweed get together on the golf course, one might think there would be a lot of trash talk back and forth as brother and sister try to get into each other’s heads. Although there is a little gamesmanship between the former...

Area Golf: Lawrence still keeping area courses green

  By JOHN REITMAN STAFF WRITER Golf might be a game for a lifetime, but for some, the task of growing grass and providing firm, fast fairways and putting greens is a young man’s game. For years, Don Lawrence was the man in front of the scenes when Red Hawk Run first...

Golf: Women have key role in golf’s future

By JOHN REITMAN STAFF WRITER Golf might be perceived as a game that caters to rich white men, but facilities that are not actively trying to change that image and tap into other markets risk losing out on a chance to grow their business. “Power, income, education,...

Ohio golf: Nicklaus museum worth the trip

By JOHN REITMAN STAFF WRITER Smack in the middle of the Ohio State athletic complex is a tribute to arguably the most successful athlete in Buckeye history. It’s not Jesse Owens, Archie Griffin, Jerry Lucas or even Hopalong Cassady. During his collegiate campaign at Ohio...

Youth golf: Spragg a fixture at area courses as FAGA president

By JOHN REITMAN STAFF WRITER Whether it was during all those years he spent hovering over a dentist’s chair or organizing youth golf tournaments, Dr. Charles Spragg has sent many children in Hancock County home in tears during the past four-plus decades. And he’s...

Golf: Pinehurst, golf seeking sustainability

By JOHN REITMAN STAFF WRITER Viewers tuning in to this week’s U.S. Women’s Open might notice a golf course that looks familiar, and with good reason. It is being contested on the same layout, the No. 2 Course at Pinehurst Resort, that was the site of last week’s...

Area golf: UC’s Martin teaching more than just golf

By JOHN REITMAN STAFF WRITER Doug Martin’s first memories of golf conjure thoughts of a Norman Rockwell painting gracing the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. “I’ve been playing golf since I could walk,” Martin said. “I remember dad carrying me on...

Choosing heroism over golf

By JOHN REITMAN STAFF WRITER The choice of whether to spend World War II playing golf as the resident pro at an Army golf course, or on the frontlines staring across the battlefield at Hitler’s Wehrmacht might seem like a simple one. It certainly was for Lloyd Mangrum. One...