The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Sports

October 3, 2013

Rick Teverbaugh: Golf regional didn't have to be that bad

There is a collection of things that need to be considered while waiting for the Los Angeles Dodgers to open the NL playoff series against the Atlanta Braves.

The first thing is that I am still upset at the way New Castle ran the girls golf regional last Saturday at Westwood Golf Course.

The idea of grouping the girls in foursomes was ridiculous. But it wasn’t the dumbest idea of the day.

I believe the course was set up with 16 really difficult pin placements and two others that were marginally difficult. As a result, players spent an enormous time on each green. Because the greens were so hard and fast, many approach shots landed on the green but then bounced off. Players often had putts go onto and off the greens.

The final bad idea, or at least the last one I can think of, is that most foursomes had three golfers from competing teams and another golfer who advanced as an individual. That meant some good golfers were playing with golfers who were the fourth and fifth best golfers on a team.

All that combined to make for rounds that took seven hours to complete. That takes all of the fun out of the competition. Even the winners felt more like survivors.

I applaud Pendleton Heights’ Emily Tilton and Anderson’s Morgan Nadaline for getting through that mess and wish them well on Friday and Saturday when they compete in the state tournament at The Legends course in Franklin.

Next up is the decision by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to add an IRL road course race to the schedule for the month of May. I think it is a great move. The Indianapolis Grand Prix can be everything that Formula One was totally unable to provide.

The redesign of the course makes sense and should provide both high speeds in sections plus several areas for passing. Now there will be three really strong races during the month and should give fans a great reason to go to IMS several times during that stretch.

Text Only
Sports
  • SPL - PT041014 - Ken de la Bastide column - Ken sig Ken de la Bastide: Hunter-Reay's blunder proves costly A lack of patience cost Ryan Hunter-Reay and teammate James Hinchcliffe a chance at victory last weekend in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Long Beach.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0416 - tennis file - 14 Many girls tennis teams return top talent With spring sports getting off to a good start thanks to some spring-like weather last week, local girls tennis teams are taking to the court.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wild week will get later start The busiest week on Madison County's high school sports calendar is going to start a day later than expected.

    April 14, 2014

  • Familiar trio leads boys track teams Much like in years past, Anderson, Lapel and Pendleton Heights have assembled the largest number of track athletes of the area’s 11 high schools. And, while the remaining teams may struggle to compete from a team standpoint, they will send capable athletes to the line to challenge in individual events.

    April 14, 2014

  • New roles, same goals for Arabians

    Perhaps the most remarkable fact about the first 13 years of the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament is that no team has repeated as champion.

    April 14, 2014

  • Track stars prepare for numbers game

    Track is a numbers game, not just with times and distances, but with roster sizes as well. Smaller schools often abandon the philosophy of competing for team titles when running against larger schools with nearly double the number of athletes. Instea

    April 14, 2014

  • SPT - HB0413 - Horseshoe Classic - 163 Arabians finish third in Horseshoe Classic It wasn't the place they wanted to be playing for, but the Pendleton Heights Arabians won their final game of the day to finish third in the Horseshoe Classic here Saturday.

    April 12, 2014 3 Photos

  • PH wins Yorktown invite Pendleton Heights and Alexandria opened the 2014 golf season as part of the 15-team field at the Yorktown Invitational. Despite the abundance of blue skies and sunshine, the weather may have been more of a challenge than the 18 holes at The Players Club.

    April 12, 2014

  • New faces dominate Tribe's roster At some point in the very near future — likely Monday — Anderson baseball coach Terry Turner will sit down with his players and explain the significance of the week ahead. He'll tell them who Nick Muller was and why he worked so very hard 14 years ago to help create a tournament that carries the former Indian's name.

    April 12, 2014

  • Area roundup: Daleville baseball takes two from Union City Daleville's bats were heated during its doubleheader against Union City on Saturday as the Broncos won the first game 24-0 and the second 13-0 in five innings each.

    April 12, 2014