GOLF 707 NOTEBOOK Spring Time!

ByBruceMeadows

Therearegolfstoriesthatcanmakeyoulaugh,makeyoucry,evokeallsortsoffeelingsandresponses。

RecentlyIwasfortunateenoughtomeetRobertWallsandhisfather,Neal,andIcameawaythinkingthatinaworldsooftenpunctuatedwithanger,hatred,fearanddistrust,therearestillsomereallyupliftingstoriesthatsimplymakeyousmileandfeelgoodandmaybealittlemorehopeful。

RobertWallsdoesn’tconsiderwhathedoesmostFridaysasanythingspecial,andthatiscertainlyhisdeservedopinion。

Butinfact,Robert,a51-year-oldretiredUPSemployee,makesthosedaysveryspecialforhis80-year-oldfather,whosuffersfrommid-stagedementia,whenthetwomenplaynineholesofgolfatFairgroundsGolfCourse。

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“He’smydadandthisiswhatIhavetodo,whatIwanttodo,”saysRobert,whosemotherAnnahadsevenchildrenwhenshemarriedNeal,andRobertwasonly1。

“MomneedsabreaksoNealandIwalkonWednesdaysandplaygolforpoolonFridays。



Neal,whoownedCWFordinSebastopol,canstillplaythegame,althoughRoberthelpshimwithclubselectionandwheretohittheball。

Andwhenthey’redone,theyshareabeerandsomeconversationonthepatio。

“Hedoesn’talwaysrecognizeotherfamilymembers,includingmymom,buthealwaysseemstorelatetome,”saysRobert。

“He’splayedalotovertheyearsandstartedmeingolfwhenIwas10。



Neal’sconditionmayhavebegunasmuchas20yearsagoalthoughnobodyreallyacknowledgeditortalkedaboutituntilfairlyrecently。

butRobertsays“he’salwaysenjoyedplaying。

hejustgetsalittlefrustratednow。



“Ilikedoingthisbecauseit’simportanttoNeal,tomeandmymom。

”explainsRobert。

“Dadstillhasfeelingsandaconscienceanddeservesthis,”adding“somethinglikethishelpsgivepeopledignity,thefeelingtheycanstillaccomplishthings。

Iwishmorepeopleinsimilarsituationswouldconsidersomethinglikethisbecauseitaffectsalotoffamilies。

RobertWallsandhisfatherNeal

Robert,whohasason,Bryce,andtwostep-sonsandlivesfiveminutesfromhisparents’house,sayspeopletellhimhowgreatitisforhimtodothisbuthejustfeelsit’ssomethinghewantstodoforNeal。

“He’smydadandhereallyseemstoenjoyit。

thatmakesitallworthitforme。



TellingyouaboutRobertandhisdadisthetypeofstoryIalwayslovedtowriteinmyweeklygolfcolumnintheSantaRosaPressDemocrat。

Thosestoriesdidn’tfocussomuchongolfcoursesorgolfers,butmoreonpeople。

AsIoftenwrote,andstillbelieve,thecolumnwasatitsbestwhenIcouldwriteaboutgolferslikethis,realpeopleinourcommunity。

AndIhopethisstoryabouttheWallsisjustthefirstofmanyIamabletosharewithyouinGOLF707。

Ifyouknowofsomeone,orasituationyouthinkothergolferswouldenjoyhearingabout,pleaseemailmeat[emailprotected]andletmeknow。

Thegoalofmyoldcolumnwasprimarilytogetnamesandactivitiesoflocalpeopleinprint,peoplewhomightnormallyneverhavethatopportunity。

Ialsoenjoyedtrackingdownthesourceofcomplaintsyoumighthaveaboutparticulargolfcourses。

ThatcolumnwaspopularandsuccessfulnotbecauseIwroteit,butbecauseofthecontributionsfromthosewhoreadandenjoyedit。

Sodon’tbeastranger。

Ifyouhaveagolfstorytotell,anactivitytopromote,evensomeshamelessself-promotion,letmeknowandIwilltakeitfromthere。

IwantGOLF707tobewhatmyoldcolumnwasawayforlocalgolferstoshareideasandthoughts,toaskquestions,toofferpraisewhendeservedandcriticismwhenitseemsappropriate。

AnaceatNorthwood

VernAyers,afixtureatNorthwoodGCformanyyears,writestoletmeknowRandyHallasrecordedaholeinoneathiscourseonMarch16。

Randyacedthe122-yardNo。

8hole,andthefeatwaswitnessedbyJohnMcCarty,CharlieWheeler,DaveCamarilloandTomFlynn。

What’sthestrangestholeinoneyou’veeverseen,orheardabout?

Asyearsgoby,sometimesthatcrazyrichochetoffarockthatsomehowfounditswayintotheholebecomesaperfectshotthatbit,androlledbackintothecup。

Sometimesthat105-yardaceonasimpleholebecomesa160-yardshotoveracreek。

Timehasawayofhelpingusembellishourefforts。

I’vecomeclosetoanacemanytimes,butonlymadeone,lessthansixmonthsafterIstartedplaying,ona190-yarduphillholehonest!

inCupertino,andmyplayingpartnersinsisttheballactuallysailedleftfaroutoveraparkinglotIhadawickedsliceinthosedaysthendovebacktowardthegreen。

Ididn’teventalktothegreen,figuringtheballendedupwaytotherightoftheflag,butwhenIcouldn’tfindit,oneofmypartnerslookedintheholeandfoundmyball。

Wefiguredithadtohaveslammedtheflagstickatwarpspeedandsomehowfoundthecup。

Iwastoonewtothegametoreallyappreciateit,butoneofmypartners,anoldermanwhohadneverseenanacein50yearsofplaying,wassoshookuphecouldn’tfinishtheround。

WhenIcheckedinattheclubhouse,theprotookdowninformationandsubmittedittoGolfDigestandIgotalittlecertificateawhilelater。

Forsomereason,insteadofwritingBruceMeadows,IwroteAceMeadows,andproofofhowmisguidedmailinglistscanbe,Ireceivedmailforatleast10yearsaddressedtoAceMeadows。

Soifyouhaveagoodholeinonestory,letmeknow。

Kidsneedtoexercisesomepatience

Thefutureofgolfthefutureofsomanythingsdependsongettingyoungstersinvolved。

JessStimack,aproatBennettValley,hadsomethoughtsonthesubjectofkidsandgolf。

“Inthekids’eyestoday,golfisnotattractive,”saysJess。

“Itrequirespatience,actualtimespentworkingatgettingbetter,whenmostofthekidstodayareworriedabouthowmany‘likes’theygetforpostingapictureonsocialmedia“

Jessadds,“everykidislookingforashortcut,anddoesntwanttoputintheactualwork,andtimerequiredtogetbetter。

Ithastobeimmediate,theycantwaittojustgetatinybitbettereveryday。

“Heurgesgolfersofallagesto“staypatient。

“Goodadviceforallofus。

Achancetoplayagem

AetnaSprings,inPopeValleyandaboutanhourawayfromSantaRosa,ishavingaspecialoutingSunday,April26。

Thenine-holecourseisunique,oneoftheoldestwestoftheMississippi,andifyou’veneverplayedit,youshouldtryitatleastonce。

SoonSunday,youcanplay18holesforjust$26,includingacart。

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AwinforRodney

FormerSantaRosa-areagolfproRodneyWilson,playingoutofEagleRidgeGCinGilroy,teamedupwithMitchLowetocapturetheNorthernCaliforniaSectionofthePGA2015ClubTeamChampionship。

WilsonandLowecombinedfora9-under-par135inthetwo-daytournamentatBayonetandBlackHorsecoursesinSeaside。

WindsorprosJasonSchmuhlandPatrickSteinerfinishedtiedforsixthwitha5-under-par139。

Didyouknow?

Thelongestdriveeverrecordedwas515yards?

Andthelongestputtwasreportedly375feet。

Thelongestgolfcourseintheworldisthepar-77InternationalGolfClubinMassachusetts,measuring8,325yards。

AndthehighestcourseistheTactuGCinMorococha,Peru,14,335feetabovesealevel。

AndIthoughtthecourseIplayedinLeadville,Colo。

at10,000feetwasupthere!

Thelongestgolfholeintheworldisthepar-7No。

7holeontheSanoCourseatSatsukiGolfClubinJapan。

Andifyou’rebattlingtogetyourhandicapdown,keepinmindthataccordingtorecentstatistics,80percentofallgolferswillneverachieveahandicapoflessthan18!

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