Golf: Arcadia grad prepping for Northern Trust

By JOHN REITMAN Staff Writer Austin Riggs’ bucket list is not quite as long as it used to be. One of six assistant golf course superintendents at the recently renovated Glen Oaks Club on Long Island in Old Westbury, New York, Riggs is busy preparing for the PGA Tour’s...

Local golf: Heydinger returns to Findlay C.C.

By JOHN REITMAN STAFF WRITER When the golf course superintendent’s position at Findlay Country Club became vacant earlier this year, Brian Heydinger thought it was as good a time as any to come home. In many respects it was as if Heydinger, who had worked at the club some...

Stranahan played key role in British Open

By JOHN REITMAN STAFF WRITER While patrons stroll the grounds of Royal Birkdale during the 146th British Open Championship, noshing on local delicacies like fish and chips and Cornish pastry as the world’s best players vie for the Claret Jug and the title of Champion Golfer...

Area golf: Area courses flooded

By JOHN REITMAN STAFF WRITER The rain gauge at Shady Grove Golf Course had captured 3.75 inches during a raucous early morning thunderstorm Thursday that was as inconspicuous as a family of hungry raccoons ransacking a garbage can in the middle of the night. By the time Shady...

Local golf: Brock finds his passion at Red Hawk Run

By JOHN REITMAN Staff Writer A few years ago, Anthony Brock never considered a career in golf. Today, he couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Brock, 34, has parlayed a successful run with corporate giant Owens Corning into a budding career at Red Hawk Run Golf Course where...

Golf: Bigger is not always better

By JOHN REITMAN STAFF WRITER When Nick Faldo won the 1990 Masters, Augusta National Golf Club played to 6,905 yards. Since Phil Mickelson won his third green jacket in 2010, the course that Bobby Jones and Alister MacKenzie built in 1933, has been a burly 7,435 yards from the...

Stacy, Spragg keep Doc’s FAGA legacy alive

By JOHN REITMAN sTAFF WRITER If anyone had told Eli Stacy a decade ago that one day he would be running tournaments for the Findlay Area Golf Association, he probably wouldn’t have believed it. Now that he has taken over tournament management for the late Dr. Charles...

Area golf: Cooks’ mission is promoting youth golf

By JOHN REITMAN STAFF WRITER Promoting junior golf has been a lifelong mission for Cathy Cook, so it is only natural that she sometimes gets emotional when the topic comes up. When she and her brother, John Cook, the former PGA Tour and current Champions Tour player dropped in...

Area Golf: Golf was Doc Spragg’s passion

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is an updated version of a story about Charles “Doc” Spragg that was published in The Courier on July 5, 2014. Spragg, a local booster for youth golf for more than four decades, died in Florida Monday at age 76. By JOHN REITMAN STAFF WRITER...

Area Golf: New training center set at Red Hawk

By JOHN REITMAN Staff Writer The way Jim Cook sees it, any golf course that wants a steady stream of players coming through the door in the future needs a steady trickle of newcomers to the game. The way to accomplish that, says Cook, who is in his fourth year of operating Red...