All I can say is, it's a shame.
Golf pros over the years have told me that golf is a game for all ages, and it nearly came to pass in the British Open when Tom Watson kept many golfers glued to their television sets. And even, yours truly, set up multiple favorites Web sites to get as much pre-tee off info before the 59-year old stepped up to the first tee-box.
All the pieces of the puzzle seemed to be falling into place for a dramatic and historic event. Tiger, who many thought would carve up the course, couldn't cut through butter with a knife. John Daly -where did he come from? - added some resurrected hope of a comeback. Vijay and Ernie just could not recoup the groove.
Then there stood Watson, like a shot of returning youth, answering repetitive questions after Rounds 2 and 3 at Turnberry about pressure and age and could he pull it off. Even though the rounds kept inching away from level par, the idea of "what do I have to lose" seemed to motivate this icon of the game.
Let nothing be taken away from Stewart Cink, who played steady in the four-hole playoff to take home the Claret Jug. Just the thought of seeing history, not unlike the walk the Golden Bear took over the bridge on his farewell final Open, captivated a world which needed a diversion.
Many firsts were etched into the stone tablet with Tom's name beside the credits. I was just hoping to see the famed trot around the edge of the green, putter held high in the air, synonymous with a Watson comeback. Thanks for a great four days, T.W.
The Tarpley RV of Durango Women's Chili Pepper Challenge was held Sunday at HGC. Because of press deadlines, the results of this regional event will be in next week's column.
I can tell you, however, a professional ladies tournament - tee times start at 9 a.m. - will be held Monday at Hillcrest. Check with your local PGA pro to see if you can get on a team.
Dalton Ranch Golf Club will have two club championships on the docket Saturday and Sunday, as both the Ladies Club Championship and the Men's Senior Club Championship will be contested. Tee times begin at 9:30 a.m.
Golf clinics dot the scenery in the next several days at Hillcrest with an adult session Tuesday, followed by an intermediate two-day clinic the next two days.
The Goodyear Tire and Service Mixed Scramble and Best Ball will be played at Hillcrest on Saturday and Sunday. There is $500 in added purse and a $40-per-person entry fee. Tee times begin at noon Saturday, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Sunday. Call the HGC Pro Shop at 247-1499 to enter.
The recent Hillcrest Women's Golf Association ladies day event was an even-hole tournament, as Laurie Simmons and Pam Leisle tied for first place in the first flight. Jan Smith was low net, with Ann Emigh second net.
Wilma Sexton took low gross honors in the second flight, with Debbie Marquart second gross. Judy Berkholz was low net, while Shirley Crom came in second net. Eve Rupinski was low gross winner in the third flight, with Cindy Cuthbert second gross. Jeanine Gerity came in low net, followed by Connie Voss at second net.
Nancy Holmes took top honors in the nine-hole event, with Donell Deane low net and Joyce Capp and Arlene Millich tied for second net. Emily Robertson was low gross in the second flight, with Ann Flaten and Laura McWilliams tied for second net.