Time To Tee It Up!
First, my apologies for not posting on Friday, as usual. The incredible windstorm that swept through the area played havoc with my word-processing device and my entire blog post was deleted. I finally gave up and went home to a dark and cold house.
But problems present opportunities, and the muses finally visited last night, giving me a subject I love writing about, golf. We’ll get to that, but I wanted to first congratulate several area high school basketball teams whose seasons are still alive after state quarterfinal wins over the weekend. The Millbrook girls and Handley boys advanced after winning Friday in front of a jam-packed Wilkins Center. I’ve been associated with a lot of basketball games over the years as both a play-by-play broadcaster and public address announcer, and never have I been a part of an event like that. The atmosphere was electric, the crowd was huge, but sportsmanlike, and the game administration was top-notch. Woodstock Central also advanced, so good luck this week to the Pioneers, Judges, and Falcons!
It’s almost Spring, where a man’s fancy turns to…golf. I have listened for several months now to the muffled cries of my golf clubs coming from the trunk, and soon it will be time to free the “sticks” from their Wintry prison and “hit the links”.
A few weeks ago, on my weekly sports talk show “Sports Dogs After Hours,” I had as my guests Brian Jones from the Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club, and Lou Corozza from the Sly Fox GC. The folks from Sly Fox suffered a huge loss recently with the passing of their course Superintendent Cliff Clark, who was instrumental in the many changes and improvements at the former Jackson’s Chase. Lou told me this incredible story about Cliff:
“He was an avid golfer and hit a hole-in-one on his last outing at Sly Fox. , just days before his passing. When they reached the 16th hole, he joked with his best friend Grayson Ashby, that if either of them hit a hole-in-one, that person would win the round. Cliff hit first and miraculously the ball hit an inch from the cup and bounced in! They headed in afterwards, making the ace the very last shot Cliff made before passing.”
As a footnote, the 16th hole at Sly Fox is now named after Cliff, and a memorial to document his part in the course’s history and his hole-in-one will be placed there. In addition, a memorial service was held for Cliff recently, and his ashes were scattered at the 16th.
Cliff certainly will be missed by all that knew him, and by all accounts he was a great man, father, husband, and friend. If a second edition of “Chicken Soup for the Golfers Soul” is published, this story has to be included.
I can only imagine that, in the tradition of golf, that Cliff is buying everyone a round at the “19th Hole In The Sky.”
Enjoy our fine area courses this Spring, hit ’em long and straight, and until next time…FORE!