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August 2, 2013

More than just Pluto Water and 3-pointers

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I was at the U.S. Senior Open at Crooked Stick in Carmel two years ago and followed, Tom Watson, Hale Irwin and Ben Crenshaw. These were the guys who got me interested in golf and it was great to be at a venue where they are so accessible.

At 50, these are generally golfers who understand their place in golf history and now seemed more concerned with enjoying a victory lap with friends and fans. That atmosphere was professional, but still casual and fun. Former Ryder Cup captain Dave Stockton and I had a little chat next to the practice putting green, where I’m sure the tips I gave him were given his FULL attention.

At French Lick, we might see Fuzzy Zoeller or Larry Bird as an unofficial hosts, and players like Watson and Irwin could be playing in what might be one of their final majors. By tournament time, Steve Elkington, Vijay Singh, Rocco Mediate, Davis Love III Jeff Maggert, Lee Janzen and Jesper Parnevik will all be 50 and eligible, but I still believe the course will be the biggest star.

I once said, the Dye Course is a lot like lunar golf, except the moon is easier to get to and the craters are easier to play out of. It is a course that has to be seen to be believed. Although I doubt it will play anything close to its 8,000-yard tips, it will still require the type of shot-making that have made these players legends. Not only will you be able to get on the course as a spectator, there should be plenty of opportunities to get inside the ropes as a volunteer, as well.

This is a unique opportunity for our area, and hopefully, will help show the PGA that French Lick is more than just Pluto Water and 3-pointers and will help pave the way to a PGA TOUR event, PGA Championship or even a Ryder Cup.

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