The Herald Bulletin

October 3, 2013

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

The Herald Bulletin

---- — 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.

Finally, it is amazing to me the number of track records that have been set at Hoosier Park during the current meet. It shows just what having the harness meet in Anderson for the heat of the summer will do when paired with a great racing surface.

Speed Trap, with Sam Widger at the controls, broke the track record for 2-year-old pacing geldings when he posted a 1:50.4 in the featured event, the second round of the $30,000 Indiana Gold Sire Stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Tuesday.

It was his fifth win of the season. Speed Trap bested his lifetime mark by nearly 4 seconds and became the fastest pacing colt in Indiana Sire Stakes history.

Sports Editor Rick Teverbaugh’s columns appear twice weekly.