After near-record snow and near-record cold, local golfers have been able to cure their cabin fever with some nice weather and trips to the local golf courses.
I am eager to see how last fall’s tornado damage has changed the appearance of the American Legion golf course the next time I play it. After the storm last November, you could stand on the No. 2 tee and not see the green for all the debris in the fairway. Some of the toppled trees left holes in the ground more than 3 feet deep. I saw a two-by-four embedded about 18 inches into the ground facing west from the swirling wind. Think of the force that takes. There was a sign on top of the fence saying “Do not climb the fence” — but the fence was then about 2 feet off the ground and you could easily step over it.
Many volunteers since have returned the course to as near to normal as can be. But the next you stand on some of the teeing grounds, I am sure something will look a little different from when you played last year.
LOOKING AT LAST YEAR
The following are the top 2013 performances by local players in tournaments sponsored by the IGA and IWGA.
• Ben-Marvin Egel finished in a tie for third place in the Indiana Amateur at South Bend Country Club. Egel’s total for four rounds was 5-over par 289.
• Kristi Cardwell won her second straight Indiana Women’s Open with a 7-under par score of 137 at Purgatory Golf Course in Noblesville. After opening with a 5-under par 67 Cardwell closed with a round of 70. Allison Lindley finished in sixth place with rounds of 70 and 79.
• Tim Miller finished in second place at the George L. Coleman Amateur Invitational at Seminole GC in the Seniors Division.