Charity event will test endurance

A local golf event will be held on Friday, June 20 to benefit the Folds of Honor Foundation – a charity foundation that provides scholarships and other assistance to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service to our country.

Two local men, Jim Smith and Dave Brant have organized “100 Holes for Heroes” – a golf event held at Blue Knob Golf Course where both men are scheduled to play 100 holes of golf in one day.

Supporters of the event can donate a singular amount or make a ‘per hole’ pledge by calling Jim Smith at 932-4299.

“Dave and I thought it was the right thing to do,” Smith said. “To find a way to give back to members of our military, who have given up so much for all of us.”

Interested spectators are welcome to come to the Blue Knob Course on June 20thto watch as Smith and Brant golf, through the day – 11 times around the nine hole course – plus one to hit their goal of 100 holes.

A follow-up fundraiser event and auction will be held at the conclusion of the golfing, near sunset.

“We’re determined to play all 100 holes,” Smith said. “Nothing’s going to stop us.”

Phil Mickelson

It’s been a crazy week for PGA star and fan favorite, Phil Mickelson.

Last Friday, it was revealed that Mickelson is under investigation by the FBI and SEC for possible illegal insider trading. Subsequent reporting uncovered that this investigation has been under way for more than a year.

The timing of this public unveiling couldn’t have come at a more in-opportune time. Mickelson has been fine-tuning his game in preparation for next week’s U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

Mickelson finished second to Payne Stewart in a thrilling U.S. Open finish at Pinehurst in 1999, one of six second place finishes Mickelson has collected in golf’s most difficult tournament.

A win in the U.S. Open would complete the career Grand Slam for Mickelson, to his credit, Mickelson has not been shy in talking about his desire to win this particular event – openly discussing how much it would mean to him to win next week’s U.S. Open.

What a great story it would be to see him overcome his recent adversity and past near-misses to win next week, but it would be really surprising to see.

Stacy Lewis

Congratulations to LPGA start Stacy Lewis who regained the No. 1 ranking in Ladies’ Golf last week after winning ShopRite LPGA Classic in Galloway, New Jersey.

Lewis had a short, four week reign in the top spot more than a year ago before relinquishing the ranking to South Korea’s Inbee Park.

The 29-year-old’s story is even more remarkable after learning that Lewis overcame a battle with scoliosis (abnormal curvature of he spine) which was diagnosed when she was 11 years old.

Lewis’ recent victory was the 10th of her career and it hopefully will be the beginning of a long reign as the No. 1 golfer for this rising American golf star.

Sinking Valley

Earlier this week, I had the chance to play a practice round at Sinking Valley Country Club, prior to this weekend’s Central Counties Individual/Team Competition.

Club leaders should be rightfully proud of their facility – the fairways and greens are in great condition and the rough is thick.

The course also boasts the best practice facility among area courses, hands down.

Kudos, to course superintendent Neil Gartland and his staff for the great work they do in preparing this course for play on a daily basis.