Wednesday, 20 April 2016 11:45

At home on the range Chip Shots

My first column of the season highlighted the opportunities to play golf early this year, thanks to a mild winter. Since then conditions have been slow to improve, but as you read this column, local courses have opened for play; that's great news for area golf enthusiasts. I'm excited for what will hopefully be a long and fun golf season in Maine.

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Wednesday, 13 April 2016 10:51

Spieth's masterful miss

AUGUSTA, Ga. Golf has seen bigger collapses. Some were probably tougher to watch.

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The azaleas are blooming, the pollen is swirling, and green sport coats are about to be in vogue for one whole week.

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Wednesday, 24 July 2013 20:55

Phil Mickelson wins British Open

GULLANE, Scotland - One of the greatest final rounds in a major. Two of the best shots he ever struck with a 3-wood. The third leg of the Grand Slam.

Phil Mickelson never imagined any of this happening at the British Open.

No wonder he never took his hand off the base of that silver claret jug as he talked about the best Sunday he ever had at a major. Five shots out of the lead, Mickelson blew past Tiger Woods, caught up to Lee Westwood and Masters champion Adam Scott, and won golf's oldest championship with the lowest final round in his 80 majors.


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Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:57

A good walk spoiled

A look at some of Greater Bangor's golf course offerings

The summer heat is reaching its apex; Maine in July is just about as hot a place as you would ever want to be. One thing is certain, though: whether you're in Mount Desert Island or Memphis, Bangor or Birmingham, it is never, ever too hot for a round of golf.

One of the greatest things about the game of golf is the fact that it is one of the few sporting endeavors in our society that you don't have to be good at to enjoy. Sure, there is joy to be derived from a great drive or a long putt, but for most of us, the pleasure comes from just being out there on the grass in the sunshine (and complaining about your round; most golfers I know absolutely love to bemoan their bad shots and bad luck on the course). Once the game gets its hooks in you, chances are good that you're in for the duration.

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Friday, 07 June 2013 08:51

Playing through 18 in America'

Teenager recounts cross-country golf odyssey

It sometimes seems like every young writer has a coming-of-age story that needs to be gotten out of his or her system. Most of them tend to be semi-autobiographical after all, when you're young, your own experiences tend to feel incredibly significant.

However, few have the audacity to actually live such a story.

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KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. - Rory McIlroy hit off wood chips and out of sand. He even stuck one shot in a tree branch and went on to make par like it was no big deal.

By the time the PGA Championship was over, he was in a class by himself.

'On 18, I was just taking the whole thing in,' McIlroy said. 'I allowed myself the luxury of walking up 18 knowing that I was going to win. I enjoyed the moment, just let it all sink in.'

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