Golden, And Ageless

Today Columbus’ own Jack Nicklaus — who is 75 years old — made a hole-in-one in the Masters par three tournament.  You can check it out above.

I’ve been playing golf since I was a kid, and I’ve never come even moderately close to a hole in one, even on flukey, ricochet off the golf cart grounds, much less hitting it ten feet past the hole then drawing the ball back into the cup.  I guess that’s why Nicklaus — the greatest golfer of all time — is called the Golden Bear, but maybe he should be called the Ageless Bear.  I’d take his swing right now, no questions asked.

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Time For Our Memorial Tournament Rain

It’s been hot and dry in Columbus recently — but all that is about to change.

Tomorrow the Memorial Tournament begins at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, a Columbus suburb.  It’s a terrific tournament hosted by Jack Nicklaus on a fabulous golf course.  As any Columbus resident also knows, however, it also means we are guaranteed to have rain.

It’s pretty amazing, really.  It’s rained so frequently for the Memorial that the New York Times has written about the weird coincidence — not once, but twice.  They’ve moved the date of the tournament, and the rain followed the Memorial to its new place on the calendar.  It’s rained so often that some people contend that the rain is the curse of Chief Leatherlips (from his name, apparently not a ladies’ man) because the course purportedly was built on a sacred Wyandot burial ground.

Whatever the reason, it’s time to spread the grass seed, plant the flowers, batten down the hatches, and prepare for the inevitable downpour.  The Memorial Tournament is here!