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Area Golf: Findlay First Tee has new name

By John Reitman FOR THE COURIER The name might have changed, but the curriculum has not. Not much, anyway. After three years operating as an affiliate of the Toledo-based First Tee of Lake Erie, the junior golf instructional program at Red Hawk Run has a new name: the Findlay...

Women, kids should be welcome on the golf course

By JOHN REITMAN For The Courier Golf has a reputation of being a game for old white guys. Mostly, that’s because it is a game supported largely by, you guessed it, old white guys. A total of about 21 million people in the U.S. played 447 million rounds of golf last year. Of...

Sunday at Carnoustie had it all

By JOHN REITMAN Staff Writer Sunday’s final round of the Open Championship was a like sitting front and center for a Broadway performance. From the highs like Francesco Molinari’s bogey-free day (and weekend), to lows like 54-hole co-leader and defending champion...

Area golf: U.S. Senior Women’s Open challenged Fox in many ways

By JOHN REITMAN foR the courier All the practice rounds in the world could not have prepared Cheryl Fox what awaited her last week for the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open. The director of golf at Fostoria Country Club in the summer, and at Gator Trace Golf and Country...

LPGA golf: Kirk Bell helped pioneer professional women’s golf

By JOHN REITMAN foR the courier A tip of the cap is offered this week to Peggy Kirk Bell and all the others who pioneered professional women’s golf generations ago. A Findlay native, Bell died in November 2016 at age 95 at her home in North Carolina. More than 100 of the...

Alexander still loves golf

By JOHN REITMAN FOR THE COURIER ARLINGTON — People have been playing golf at Sycamore Springs in Arlington since 1958, and Dot Alexander has been there for just about all of it. Sixty years after her husband, Merv, and a group of civic-minded men from Arlington built the...

Golf: Governing bodies face hard decisions on game’s future

By John Reitman staff writer Viewers of last week’s U.S. Open might have experienced a feeling of deja vu. The sight of lightly struck golf balls sliding off toasty putting surfaces that were more brown than green during Saturday’s third round at Shinnecock Hills was...

Pro golf: Petty trying to climb women’s golf ladder

By JOHN REITMAN for the courier What a difference a year can make. Just ask former University of Findlay golfer Kasey Petty, who has spent much of her time since graduating in 2016 trying to qualify for a spot on the LPGA Tour. “It’s hard,” Petty said....

Area golf: Red Hawk Run is transitioning

By JOHN REITMAN Staff Writer Perception might be reality, but in golf there are some things you just can’t fake. “This place is a gem of a golf course. You can tip it out to 7,200 yards, and if it’s windy, it’s one of the most difficult tests of golf you...

Golf: Inverness Club is NW Ohio’s golf royalty

By JOHN REITMAN For The Courier Golf is all about pedigree. Courses that have it, flaunt it; those that don’t, seek it. Pedigree has made places like Augusta National, Pebble Beach, Pinehurst and Oakmont household words. And it is why watching the Masters, with the...