- Last Updated on 02:03 AM 05/04/12
- BY Ronnie Pate
What started out as a cold and dreary day to play a golf tournament turned around completely in 24 hours, and the golf scores proved it in the Greens Folly Golf Course Member-Member Golf Tournament played last weekend.
Jimmy Clay and his partner, Robert Fallen, won it going away, but there were some pretty good scores posted by a host of golfers.
One team that was really impressive was the father-son team of Nookie Green and son Ryan. It was the second weekend these two have played together, and it is really cool that these two get to spend some time together, even if it is on the golf course.
Later on in life these two can look back on the last two weekends and recall what a lot of dads and sons do not get to cherish.
It will be quiet this upcoming weekend, but after that it gets going again with the Jeff Nelson Classic put on by the South Boston Jaycees and it doesn’t slow down until the dog days of July.
Down the road in Charlotte, N.C. all eyes will be on Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods to see if they can turn it around from the Masters. With these two in the field for the weekend, the ratings will soar, especially with nothing on TV except the NBA playoffs.
David Day and Sammy Puryear had another third-place finish to make it two weeks in a row that has happened.
The old veterans of Billy Payne and Larry Guill played well, but had to settle for second behind the young lions.
As work progresses on the old Ray’s Creek Golf Course there is a lot of talk wondering if Danville can support six golf courses within a 15-minute drive of each other.
It is a well known fact that Tuscarora is hurting for memberships and none of the others are setting the woods on fire.
If I had to venture a guess, I would say Ringgold gets more play than any of the others, but that is only a guess.
One of the problems is youth. More young adults today are more involved with soccer, baseball, softball and careers. My generation was also involved with these things, but we found a way to get to the course.
Halifax County is very fortunate that it supports two golf courses as well as it does, and the fact that they are less than a mile apart is also unheard of, unless of course you are at the beach.
I was thumbing through some older papers last week and ran across an interesting story. Forty-nine years ago Tommy Elliott of Elliott Electric fame was named to the VSPA all-state basketball team. Elliott, who was a junior, led the Western District in scoring.
Tommy was injured most of his senior campaign, was playing under a new coach, and did not have the type of year he had hoped to have.
Thank goodness the administration had the foresight to let Dave Wiedaman go after one year. It would be nice if our present day administration had that same type of fire. More on that topic later. I do not want to get started on that until next month.
Getting back to Tommy, he has retired his sports to golf now, and he goes after that with the same fire and determination he did with basketball and softball.
The one and only Scott Vaughan played last weekend, but had a tough time competing for signing autographs and checking for phone messages,
With a slow week, this will just about wrap it up. The courses are turning green, and it will be a good week to get out and play.
Do not forget to sign up for the Jeff Nelson Classic and have a great and fun week.