Ex-Tiger Kirsch hitting stride

Recent Hollidaysburg graduate Jordan Kirsch is playing some great golf so far this summer.

The 18 year-old Hollidaysburg native has participated in several of the Tri-State PGA Junior Series of golf events, sponsored by Kings Restaurants. Most events are held in the Pittsburgh area against stiff competition.

In his six starts, Kirsch has three first-place finishes, one second and two thirds. Very impressive. The former Golden Tiger is currently preparing for the prestigious PGA Junior held at the Penn State Blue Course next week.

Kirsch will be playing golf this fall for Messiah College in Mechanicsburg.

Anchors away

In a surprise turnaround this week, the PGA Tour announced its intention to comply with the USGA’s proposed ban on anchored putters, beginning in 2016.

The PGA Tour had previously made a strong public statement by disagreeing with the proposal, so the announcement came as a shock to many. This leaves seemingly no other stumbling blocks as the proposed ban is scheduled to go into effect in a little more than two years.

The only exception might come from a few individual professional golfers who may decide to litigate themselves. One tour player who had considered legal action reconsidered after this week’s announcement.

Carl Pettersson is a long-time pro who has used an anchored putter his entire career. While the recent decision affects him in a strong, personal way, I admire his honest reaction when asked about the ban.

“I don’t think it’s fair, but sometimes life isn’t fair,” he said. “I’ll just have to get on and deal with it.”

Sinking Valley milestone

Sinking Valley will be holding its annual best-ball classic next weekend. There are still some openings available for the tournament. Contact the pro shop for details.

During the tournament festivities, the club will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. On July 13, 1963, the club officially opened for play with a grand celebration and large crowds.

The club will commemorate the event next Saturday – 50 years to the day that the opening tee shot was hit. A 50th anniversary tournament is scheduled for later in the year.

Like many area clubs, much of the early construction work was done by local men and women who would later become longtime members. What they accomplished was no small feat and shouldn’t be forgotten.

Ken Love covers area golf for the Mirror. His column runs on Fridays.