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...

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...
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