I understand the point that rules are rules, and if they are broken, penalties occur.
Dustin Johnson’s oh-no (as one television commentator so aptly described) as he grounded his club head in such a “clearly defined” bunker.
The result was a two-stroke penalty on the final hole of last weekend’s PGA Championship in Wisconsin that knocked him out of the running.
Johnson, I feel in my heart, got machined by the establishment.
If one would magnify this so-called obstacle to the pin, you might have found gum wrappers, a lousy tasting mint and the remnants of an over-priced hot dog buried in this footprint-packed excuse of a bunker.
Follow me on this: If a golf ball lands in a sand trap and the golfer enters the trap, he or she can proceed to grind those shoes into the sand for stability, creating a bunker within a bunker.
But you cannot, heaven forbid, lay the club head on the sand creating a ripple instead of a twin crater.
I have an instant solution for the PGA – get out the foam finger, a tall stick, maybe a string of blinking holiday lights and define the ridiculous.
Congratulations to the 2010 Dave Person Memorial junior club champion Cody Civiletto, who shot a 36-hole score of 153 to win by three strokes over Garrett Lynch, who carded a 156 to finish second in the Championship Flight last week at Hillcrest Golf Club.
Morgan Miller shot a 158 to finish third overall. Garrett Ball was fourth at 161, and Noah Dillon finished fifth at 166.
Bo Ward shot a 189 to win the Boys 13-17 Flight with Jon Thulson second at 190 and Nolan Stowers third at 194.
Jessica Thulson topped the Girls 13-17 Flight with a 183, while Lexi Whalen finished second at 187. Cy Spicer and Cameron Barnhardt each shot a 91 to top the Boys 10-12 Flight.
Lance Townsend captured the Boys 5-9 Flight with an 89. Caleb Newman was second with a 90.
The Hillcrest Women’s Golf Association held a nine-hole scramble Aug. 10, and Jan Carol Smith, Judy Berkholz, Marnie Roti and Arlene Millich took the First Flight with a 34.
Ann Emigh, Debi Marti, Charlotte Fischer and Ramona Wolfe tied Nancy Barr, Mary Ruth Bowman, Susan Welty and Doreen Thorne for top honors in the Second Flight with scores of 35.
The 15th annual Dudley Engle Golf Tournament, a fundraiser by the Durango Emblem Club for distribution to many charitable organizations in our community, will be held Saturday at Hillcrest.
Those who wish to have some fun and help the Emblem Club are invited to contact the Hillcrest Pro Shop at 247-1499 to enter.
The Pine Valley Church will hold its sixth annual golf tournament to benefit single moms in our area on Aug. 22.
The entry fee for Hillcrest members is $30, while nonmembers can play for a $60 entry fee. The cost covers the greens fee, a cart and a barbecue at the conclusion of the event.
Dalton Ranch Golf Club will combine its Men’s Club Championship and the Senior Club Championship on Saturday and Sunday.
Tee times will begin at 8:30 a.m. both days.
I’ll have complete results for all these events for you next week.
In the meantime, enjoy what nature has done to strengthen and green up all those blades of grass.
Dave Bray is a member of the Fort Lewis College athletic department’s Hall of Fame as a broadcaster. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.