TERRE HAUTE — Area golfers were saddened recently to hear of the deaths of two popular Terre Haute Golf Association Hall of Fame members, Bob Haverty and Bob Bundy.
Haverty began caddying at the Elks Fort Harrison course as a youngster. He continued a lifetime interest in the game, and the list of friends he made along the way is legendary.
In his younger days, Haverty enjoyed caddying in foursomes that included such luminaries as Byron Nelson, Ralph Guedhal, Walter Hagan, all U. S. Open Champions, and Joe Kirkwood, Jr. who starred in the movie, The Joe Palooka Story. Later he would work in the pro shop at the Country Club of Terre Haute for pro, Wayne Timberman.
Bob Haverty was a veritable encyclopedia of golf information that entailed events past and present as well as local and national.
As an excellent player, Haverty led a contingent of more than 20 golfers to popular “hunts” in and around the Wabash Valley. One of his favorite destinations was Quail Creek Country Club, formerly Robinson (Ill.) Country Club.
Haverty had a tendency to judge people by the way they treated others. He was truly an outstanding gentleman in so many ways. Bob Haverty was 83 years old.
Bob Bundy was employed for many years as an engineer on the Pennsylvania Railroad, but his primary avocation was always golf. In making many railroad runs to various destinations, he would return to Terre Haute where he eschewed sleep and headed directly to the golf course in time to play in “the hunt.”
A solid player, Bundy was an entrant in the first Monticello, Ind., Open played back in 1951. He then played in 32 consecutive Monticello Opens until back problems caused him to curtail his tournament schedule. Bob was a former medalist in the T.H.G.A. Inter-club Tournament.
Bundy enjoyed all aspects of golf, whether it was playing the game, gallerying, listening or recalling stories concerning the lore of the game he loved.
Ironically, Bob Bundy who was one year older than his friend, Bob Haverty, died less than a week after Haverty passed away. Terre Haute’s golf scene is certainly poorer for their respective absences. They will be missed.
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Golf courses are labeled with a wide variety of colorful names. If a rabbit’s foot brings luck, what can four do? So how about a round at Dancing Rabbit Golf Resort in Choctaw, Miss.? Then there is Purgatory in Noblesville, probably one of the toughest layouts in America. Perhaps an outing at Angel’s Crossing in Vicksburg, Mich., would provide a spiritual venue more to your liking.
To say bears are popular when it comes to naming courses is an understatement. How about Bear Slide in Cicero, Ind.; Bear Trace in Clifton, Tenn.; Bear’s Best at Las Vegas, Nev.; or maybe Bear Trap Dunes at Betheny Beach, Del. Also there is Great Bear Golf Course located in East Stroudsburg, Pa.
Pleasant Run in Indy is a friendly course but if you want a challenge that really tests your golfing talent, try Wolf Run in Zionsville, another of the most difficult courses in the country.
A course that should offer a discount on green fees if you can pronounce its name on your first try is Atchafalaya Golf Club in Patterson, La. Then there is Tallgrass Country Club in Shoreham, N.Y., that features tall tufts of blue-grey fescue. If you dislike hunting lost golf balls, you may want to pass on this one.
For those who like their liquid refreshments on the strong side, there is a pair of Maryland courses named Whiskey Creek in Urbana and Rum Point in Berlin.
We hate to mention it, but there is an Indianapolis golf course that contains a word that strikes fear in the hearts of the bravest golfers. That course is Sarah Shank. Most golfers go out of their way to avoid hearing the sound of that dreaded “s” word, a blight on many golfers’ swings down through the years.
Undeniably, there are still individuals who feel golf is “for the birds”. The following course names might lend credence to their assumptions. There is Circling Raven, Worley, Idaho; Thunderhawk, Beach Park, Ill.; Owl’s Nest, Compton, N.H.; Raven’s Claw, Limerick, Pa., and Eagle Ridge, Galena, Ill.
With courses being constructed on a regular basis throughout the U.S., there will always be an influx of colorful names to describe these new additions.
• Tip of the week — Starting the downswing in golf can be most critical. The hips take the lead and slide toward the front foot. If the hips spin instead of sliding, it’s easy to come over the top which can produce either a pulled or sliced shot, even a pull that then slices. So make that move, a bump with your leading hip with a steady head, then the hips can unwind into the follow through. I know some pros tend to unwind at the start of the down swing, but I wouldn’t advise that move unless you are as supple as a garden hose and have 12 to 14 hours a day to practice.
Keep your head down and your shoestrings tied. We’ll be back.
Tribune-Star golf columnist Bob Arnett can be reached by email at email@example.com.
Vigo County Golf Leagues
Paitson’s Roofing Eastside Ladies — Standings: Sandy’s Touch of Magic 162, Mowbray Consulting 130, Turner Coach 128, Baesler’s Market 127, Coaches Corner 127, Daphne’s Beauty Shop 114, Advanced Chiropractic 87, Page’s Market 85. Low gross — Myrna Handley 42. Low net — Handley 31. Play of day — Handley 26 (throw out scores on Nos. 2, 4, 6).
Rea Park First Financial Bank Ladies 9-hole — Standings: VFW No. 2 89, VFW No. 1 87, Elliott Jewelers 84, Shepard’s Gas 80, Tabco 77, Bratt Animal Hospital 63. Low gross — Stipanuk 49. Low net: Stipanuk 37. Play of the day: Cox. Chip-in — Talkington (No. 15), Handley (No. 16), Delauter (No. 15).
Mark’s Par Three Men’s Senior — Standings: Fuson Cadillac 193, Old National Trust 189, Mattingly Collision 187, Midwest Gas 179, Tabco 173, Don Wills Cash Register 167, Vigo Bowl 165, Dew Drop Inn 155. Low gross — Roy Boatman and Jim Lindsay 36. Low net — Bob Artis 25. Closest to pin — Don McVeigh (No. 9). Longest putt — Kenny Tilford (No. 1). Longest drive — Ed Bard (No. 4).
Rea Park Wednesday Ladies — Team results week 2: Cannon-Bocard 8, Padgett-Johnson 7, Honselman-Long 6, Hamilton-Hiatt 6, Horrall-Mozley 4, Hyde-Rusk 4, Meyer-Atterson 4, McCord-Clements 4, Gosnell-Snow 4, Newton-Bedwell 4, Lanke-Pair 4, Anderson-Spurr 3, Durand-Petty 2, Mann-Mahalek 2, Swalls-McAleese 2, Ugo-Whitaker 0. Low gross: Sharon Horrall 39. Low net: Leta Hiatt 32. Chip-ins: Cheryl Bedwell (No. 2), Anna Lee McAleese (No. 3), Pat Cannon 5, Carolyn Hyde 6, Linda Pair 8, Stacey Bocard 9.
Terre Haute Elks Ladies 9-hole — Low gross: Betty Cox. Low net: Vivian Neimeyer, Lucille Merrill. Low putts: Cox. Play of the day: Mary Silvers, Cox. Chip-in: Cox.
Charlie’s Tuesday Night Hulman Links Men’s — Low gross: Chris Keen 33. Standings: Hulman Links No. 1 52, Charlie’s No. 4 46, Charlie’s No. 2 44, Charlie’s No. 1 40, Charlie’s No. 3 38, Hulman Links No. 2 11.
Women’s Tuesday Rea Park 18-hole — Low gross: Sharon Horrall 79. Low net: Sharon Horrall 67, Stephanie Meyer 67. Birdies: Shawn Durand (No. 1), Sandy Sears (No. 3), Beth Lowe (No. 6), Sharon Horrall (No. 6, No. 11), Myra Eble (No. 10). Chip-ins: Beth Lowe (No. 3, No. 6, No. 7), Sandy Stabler (No. 17), Terry Mahalek (No. 18). Play of the day: Virginia Anderson.
Terre Haute Savings Bank Senior Men — National Division standings: Complete Kitchen and Bath 170, Fore Seasons Golf Complex 159, Pizza Hut 157, Lough Bros. 141, Paitson Bros. 128, SMC 120, Page’s Market 90, T.H. Savings Bank 67. Low gross: Loren Lidster 37. Low net: Larry Pair and Lidster 32. American Division standings: VFW No. 972 146, Lee Appraisal Service 141, Poplar Flower Shop 138, Pabst Painting and Salt of the Earth 133, Spring Clean Car Wash 125, Gurman Containers and Callahan Funeral Home 117. Low gross: Don Cook and Charlie Patterson 42. Low net: Chuck Hutz and Fred Hendricks 33.