On Thursday, May 30, former Richmond Register publisher Nick Lewis had his first-event hole-in-one
The big moment came in senior league play at the University Golf Club at Arlington.
He aced No. 5, playing 150 yards using a five iron.
That's a big green.
This beautiful shot was witnessed by his playing partners, Don Greenwell and Bob Geiger.
It couldn't happen to any nicer person than Nick Lewis.
You da man!
Golf after World War II
I don't have a lot on the golf scene to report so would like to go back in time to post-World War II golf action.
The period of time from 1946 until 1948 is what I will call the care-free years. This past Memorial Day is what triggered this column.
There were 20 or more of us golfers who had survived the war and were on such a high that it took us a couple of years to settle down. It was not just the vets, but the whole country that was in a festive and partying mood celebrating the end of the war.
The golfers took to the links and played, what I call, the Central Kentucky Golf Tour.
The tour consisted of two and three-day tournaments at most clubs in towns around central Kentucky — namely Irvine, Winchester, Paris, Frankfort, Danville, Maysville, Mt. Sterling and the Madison Country Club in Richmond.
The golfers who I can remember who played in a lot of these tournaments, were Bobby Jennings, Conrad and Vernon (Peanut) Parrish, Nathan Moberly, James Floyd, Connie Comley, Goebel Ritter, Hubert Howell, Hunter Harris and Eugene Wiggins.
Others from Richmond, though I am not sure of their military records, who played with us were Harold Oldham, Shelt Saufley, Virgil Hammonds, J.T. And Woody Hinkle, Ernie Young, Ben, Dick and Doc Robinson and H. G. Lee.
These tournaments were fantastic affairs with a dinner dance with live music one night and a stag night with high and low-stakes poker games and a crap game. The whole town generally participated as the country clubs were the social centers of the city and had a lot of members.
I remember at the tournament in Paris the man who seemed to have more fun than anyone was Bull Hancock, who was the owner of Claiborne Farm.
In the same tournament, Bobby (Boomer) Jennings played with Mr. Rowland from Lexington, who was the father of the best female golfer in Kentucky at the time, Betty Rowland.
Boomer hit one a country mile out over Stoner Creek and Mr. Rowland said, “I've never seen anyone hit a ball that far,” and gave Boomer two more balls to hit. Boomer hit them both in the same place. Boomer with his big arc, could probably hit the golf ball farther than anyone in Richmond and he hit some tape-measure drives in his day.
We had some great and exciting times in those post-war years and it is a time in my life that I will never forget. Some of us went on to college and some settled down, got a job and married. We had our day in the sun and it was fun while it lasted.
As Bob Hope used to say, “Thanks for the memories.”
Footnote to article above: After the war ended, we also had some sad times when we would talk about 12 or more of our friends and schoolmates who didn't come home to celebrate with us. They were in our prayers.
What makes it sadder yet is, the friends I mentioned in this article, who I celebrated and played golf with are all gone.
I miss them.
They were great friends and brave soldiers. My heart goes out to all of you wonderful people.
You made a difference.
God bless you and may you rest in peace.
McIlroy waltzes to victory in Canadian Open
Rory McIlroy made it look like a stroll thru the Garden of Eden, this past Sunday, as he shot a -9, 61, for a seven-shot victory in the Canadian Open.
McIlroy started the day tied with two other golfers, but he turned on the afterburners and birdied five of the first seven holes and kissed everybody goodbye as he pulled away from the field.
He got it to 10-under par on No. 15 and it looked like he might be headed for a big 59 but, ouch!
He bogied No. 16 and that dream faded. He did eagle No. 17, a par five, to get it back to 10 under but a bogie on the last hole made it a 61 and a seven stroke victory.
Webb Simpson chipped one in on No. 18 to tie for second with Shane Lowry
It was a great win for McIlroy and if he brings that same game to Pebble Beach for the US Open this coming week, the field will be in trouble.
Great win Rory.
I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them — Phyllis Diller
June 21 at Gibson Bay — 2019 Marine Corp League Golf Scramble. Entry fee is $60 per person or $240 per team and includes green fee, cart, soft drinks, lunch, Dunkin Donuts and coffee, plus Buffalo Wild Wings at the turn and lots of prizes. First place — $400, second place — $220 and third place — $100. For further info, call Eric Heindel 504-338-3578 or mail Marine Corp League Po Box 2064 Richmond, KY 40476
June 22 at Madison County Club — The Women's Member-Member. Tee time at 10 a.m.
July 12 at University Club at Arlington — The Colonel Club Golf Classic. The format will be the same with 8:30 am in the morning and 2 pm in the afternoon. (Shotgun start) For info or to enter call Grant Stepp 859-622-2122 or email@example.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.
Don't run from weakness; you will only give it strength — Stephen Richards
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.