Last Thursday -- on the 4th of July -- the Berea Country Club held its annual scramble for members and guests.
The sweltering heat didn't seem to phase anyone.
Stepping into the winner's circle at the end of a fun day on the links was the team of Margaret and Garland Farmer and Craig and Angie Halstead. They won with a sizzling 9-under par, 63.
After play, the golfers assembled in the lounge and enjoyed hot dogs, burgers and refreshments provided by the pro shop. Everyone had a great time.
Special thanks to club manager Mary Hunt for this info.
Flashback to 10 years ago
With nothing else to report on the local golf scene, I was trying to find something else to write about. I ran across an article that I wrote 10 years ago, when I was 86 years old, that is one of my favorites.
I have added skydiving to my favorite things to do.
Here is that article:
Singing, laughing makes life a blast
Every morning when I reluctantly roll out of bed, the first thing I do is squeeze the hand of Carolyn's little Achy Breaky man sitting on the dresser and he sings Achy Breaky Heart.
That's the way to start the day -- with a song.
I walk into my cluttered office and I am surrounded by pictures, posters, singing figurines, puzzles, bobbleheads, books, etc. Push a button and Louie Armstrong moves his head back and forth as he sings Hello Dolly.
Another button and the Yes Man agrees with you on any question you ask him, such as: "I'm the smartest man in this room." He answers, "I couldn't agree with you more completely" or "When you're right, you're right."
Activate George Bush and he recites a boo boo from one of his speeches. Hillary sings the song, "My name is Hillary" to the tune of "My Country tis of Thee." The three stooges beat each other over the head with golf clubs to music with some verbal "why you," "why you," "why you" added.
My office is a zoo.
Why are all of these in my office?
My children all know that I am a kid at heart and that I like puzzles, singing figurines and anything that makes you laugh. That generally is what they give me as presents for my birthday and Christmas. Of course, the best present I ever received in my life, my wife Carolyn, is always laughing.
I believe I missed my calling by not being a clown. I get such a big kick out of making people laugh. I am a chip off the old block as my dad enjoyed the same thing.
He once stood on his head in the post office when he was 89 years old to make them laugh. I can hear him now laughing and telling George West, "Glenmore is not a bit afraid of work, he will lay down and sleep right next to it."
I guess that I will never grow up and really I hope I never do. I still like to read the comics, especially Blondie, Beatle Bailey, Hagar the Horrible, Barney Google, BC and the Wizard of Id. Some of my favorite things to do are ride roller coasters, go carts, ski lifts and Segways. I get a thrill out of parasailing, riding in open cockpit bi-planes, white water river rafting and snow skiing.
Besides laughter, music always has been a staple in my life and has lifted my spirits many times.
When I get in my car headed on an errand or to a golf club I hit the CD button and Frank Sinatra sings, "What is America to Me." It is a beautiful song and makes me realize how lucky I am to have been born an American and have all the freedoms we have in speech, religion, business and personal affairs.
Singing has always been a big part of my life.
In grade school, I always loved our singing sessions in music. In high school, I sang in the glee club a couple of years and then sang in the All-State Chorus a couple of times.
Later, in World War II, I was in the U.S. Coast Guard Choir for six months when I was stationed at Manhattan Beach in New York in 1943. We were on the same program several times with Broadway actresses, actors and singers. Two that I remember were Kate Smith and Frank Sinatra before Frank became so famous.
I sing in the shower and I love karaoke.
At 86 years of age, I realize that I do not have many more years left in this beautiful old world so I must make the most of it. I am starting to assume that same old devil-may-care attitude that I had before I was headed overseas in World War II and into the unknown.
I know that in the not-so-distant future I will again be headed into the unknown and only hope that God will be with me.
In the meanwhile, I will enjoy life, my family, my friends, nature and everything around me. I do not need anything more than this, plus love, hugs, a roof over my head and a meal on the table to keep me happy. Singing and laughter puts icing on that cake and yes, makes life a blast.
Tim Speller had a hole-in-one, at the University Club at Arlington last Saturday.
He recorded the ace on the 155-yard, No. 5 hole.
The shot was witnesses by Randy Neeley and Dave Reid.
You da man!
This weekend at Berea Country Club-- annual Mens' Invitational.
Shoot out starting at 5 p.m. on Friday. There will be stroke play Saturday and Sunday. Saturday night will be a calcutta, dinner catered by Berea Lee's Famous Recipe with awesome fried chicken and roast prime rib. There will also be live music.
All men to join in. Everyone is flighted and we expect five flights and a senior flight. Entry fee is $140
For info call May Long at 859-986-7141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday -- FMS Cheer Scramble
Entry fee is $50 per person. Contact Mikayla 606-585-2335 if you would like to play.
July 20 -- Madison Central Golf Scramble at Madison Country Club
Tee times at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Entry fee per team is $300 To enter, call Kyle Congleton at 859-353-7194
Friday -- The Colonel Club Golf Classic at the University at Arlington
The format will be the same with shotgun starts at 8:30 am and 2:00 pm in the afternoon. For info or to enter, call Grant Stepp 859-622-2122 or email@example.com
July 19 -- 17th annual First Christian Church Golf Scramble at Gibson Bay
Tee time is 9 a.m. and lunch will be served following play.
Four-person teams may be comprised of men, women or both. Youth are encouraged to participate. Individuals who have not found a team are encouraged to sign up to play and will be placed on a team. All proceeds from this golf scramble benefit the First Christian Church Youth Programs.
The entry fee is $60 per player. Persons desiring to make a donation in lieu of playing will be listed as a sponsor for a minimum of $50 or more. Recognition and names of donors will be posted at the golf course during play. There will be team prizes as well as individual prizes for various contests for men and women to be announced on day of play. For more information, contact Ron Ginter, Bob Herbst, Steve Gamble, Skip Cowell, Rev Mark Condrey, Rev Katie Griffin or the church at 623-4383
Remember that a family that plays golf and worships together, stays together.
July 20 -- The Ed Miracle Golf Scramble at Battlefield Golf Club
The event benefits high school senior scholarships. Entry fee $50 per person or $200 per team. Shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. Putting contest at 8 a.m.
Prizes awarded to first and second-place teams. Prizes awarded for longest drive and closest to the pin. Hole sponsor $100. Cart sponsor $25. Donuts and coffee served and lunch provided. For entry, contact Brenda Blankenship 859-979-0581 firstname.lastname@example.org or Donna Miracle 859-248-6032 email@example.com
Ed Miracle was a very successful football coach at Madison Central High School and as coach of Lynch High School in Harlan County his team won four state titles.
July 27 & 28 -- Madison County Championship and Madison County Senior Championship.
This will be a 36 hole medal play tournament. 18 holes at University Club at Arlington--Saturday July 27 and 18 holes at Gibson Bay Golf Course Sunday July 28. Entry fee is $130.
Tournament will be pre-flighted by handicap or average scores. Top finishers in each flight will receive golf equipment or golf shop credits at Gibson Bay payouts based on number of participants.
All senior players will compete in the senior only flights. Senior golfers will play forward tees depending on age -- 50-59 Senior tees, 60-69 Super Senior tees and 70-plus Super Super Sr. Tees
Each flight will be broken into two flights based on first round scores. All participants will have lunch provided after Saturdays round at University Club at Arlington. The final round on Sunday will be played at Gibson Bay Golf Course.
For more information call 859-623-0225 or email Gibsonbay@gibsonbay.com
Every Friday night -- Madison Country Club Scramble
Open to the public. Sign up at 5 p.m. and start play at 5:30 p.m. Fun time come on out.
Laughter is America's most important export -- Walt Disney
If you have any tournaments, golf news, or hole-in-one, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next time .... Live, Love, Laugh and Learn, Glenmore.