Love: Tiger has returned to top after struggles

Tiger Woods is the defending champ at this week’s Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio – hosted by Jack Nicklaus.

After a couple of years of mediocre play – following the revelation of significant personal indiscretions – Woods is back to his past stellar form.

He’s the favorite this week and will be the overwhelming favorite at the year’s next major championship, in just two weeks – the U.S. Open held at Merion.

I’ve been a diehard Jack Nicklaus fan since childhood, but I still admire Woods’ competitive drive and the fact that he’s once again reached golf’s number one status, with no one else even close.

Central PA Golf

The West Penn Golf Association sponsors a “Golfer of the Year” contest which it calls the “Honor Roll.”

Points are accumulated from top finishes in WPGA, USGA and other important events.

Contenders for the award are typically dominated by Pittsburgh-area golfers. However, a look at this year’s current ranking reveals a recent trend – a strong presence of local golfers competing for this prestigious award.

Though it’s early in the season, three Blair county golfers are among the current top 15 on this year’s “Honor Roll.”

At the end of May, Altoona’s Artie Fink Jr. is in fifth place, while Hollidaysburg’s Anthony DeGol and Duncansville’s Steve DeStefano are tied for the 14th spot.

Sunnehanna pro retires

As Sunnehanna Country Club prepares for its upcoming annual Amateur Invitational, it does so without long-time head pro Joe Shorto.

Shorto, a native of Johnstown, retired in January after 30 years as the club’s head professional. The Johnstown club hired Carl Seelman, a native of Hawaii, to be the new club pro, but knows he’ll have big shoes to fill.

Over the years, Shorto was a class act and a pro’s pro in every sense of the word.

He was a great instructor and always had a way of making everyone feel welcome. Once Shorto met you, he had the amazing ability to always remember you by name. He’ll be sorely missed.

Ken Love covers local golf for the Mirror. His column appears weekly.