I thought I would begin this week's column by taking a slice of knowledge from a fascinating book by author Tom Parker titled Rules of Thumb: A Life Manual: Brilliant Guestimates, Shortcuts and a Few Shots in the Dark, published by Workman.
I know we have all been told greens bordered by water have a tendency to lead a putt toward that body of aqua.
Here is what Mr. Parker says: "All putts break toward the water, even on greens that appear perfectly flat. That's because all greens are contoured for drainage."
When I read this, I threw up my hands and said, "Way to burst my bubble!"
I just hope that bubble, which has some properties of water in it, breaks my putt toward the cup. Then I will be perfectly happy.
Let's get to some recent Twilight Couples tournament play at Hillcrest back in late May.
The team of Ed and Libby Heath and Ron and Jo Davis took top honors with a score of 59.
Ron and Cindy Cuthbert, along with teammates Tom and Marna Burnett, came in a close second with a score of 60.
Third place was shared by three teams, as the team of Brian and Pat Dommen plus Dean and Laura Des Palmes, along with the team of Jerome and Mary Doane and teammates Michael Thomas and Kay Rogers, tied the team of Jerry and Krista Vandiver and Steve and Helen Folk with identical scores of 61.
Check with the Hillcrest Golf Club pro shop for the next scheduled Twilight Scramble.
I had a chance to talk briefly with Hillcrest Head Professional John Vickers about the upcoming Coca Cola of Durango Navajo Trail Open, which begins June 18 with a Pro-Am, followed by a 54-hole Open June 19-21.
John told me the professional field is full with 40 regional pros descending on Durango. He told me the amateur field, as of last Monday, was nearly full, which should make for another outstanding four days of golf in one of the oldest regional events in Colorado.
To launch NTO week properly, the Sponsors Tournament will be held Saturday with a
1 p.m. shotgun start.
I have always enjoyed the NTO, because it has coincided with the U.S. Open.
It has been a special moment to watch the club pros, who have wrapped up the second round of NTO play early on a Saturday, relax in the clubhouse watching the U.S. Open coverage on television.
Their reactions to the touring pros play, either approving or critical, shows that special bond all professionals and amateurs alike have toward this game of a lifetime.
In the nearly 30 years I have covered the NTO, the Saturday clubhouse atmosphere is something unique.
The Hillcrest Ladies Day event, on June 2, saw Patty Crigler take low gross in the First Flight, while Aimee Fladt came in second.
Kay Rogers was low net, while Judy Hill was second.
Karen Spickard and Sue Pierce tied for low gross in the Second Flight, while Deb Marquart and Mary Ruth Bowman tied for low net.
Debi Marti was low gross winner in the Third Flight, with Donna Aubrey second. Mary El Emrich and Jeanine Gerity tied for low net. Susan Welty took top honors in the First Flight of the 9-Hole event, while Diane Kowalsky was low net and Arlene Millich was second net.
Donell Deane was low gross winner in the Second Flight, with Lynn Tingley and M.C. Patterson tying for low net.
A reminder that the Bridgestone Ball Fitting sessions will be Thursday at Dalton Ranch and Friday at Hillcrest. Please check with your respective pro shops for exact times of these events.
Dalton Ranch Golf Club will host its monthly Couples Tournament on Sunday. The field, limited to 48 players, will have a shotgun start at 1 p.m.
I will have complete results of the Couples event at Dalton and the NTO Sponsors tournament for you next week.
Let's hear it for the rain, the courses look absolutely outstanding.