Archive for Sunday, July 1, 2012

Local golf notes: Ex-KU coach Grove back on the links

July 1, 2012

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Recently ousted Kansas University golf coach Kit Grove was married Saturday in Lawrence, a ceremony originally scheduled to take place in Colorado Springs but moved because of the fires.

The day after Grove was bounced, KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger happened to play his first round of golf of the year at Lawrence Country Club. They bumped into each other in the parking lot, getting the awkward first meeting out of the way in a hurry. Grove’s ice-breaker: “At least I can go back to dressing the way I dress for the first time in five years.”



Grove owns a variety of loud golf shorts and his game is making noise these days, too.

Grove and five-time city champion Conrad Roberts finished tied for second with a 143, two strokes behind winner Michael Holloway of Wichita in the KGA Public Links, a prestigious June event. Roberts, who missed the LAGA city tournament last year because he was out of town, said he will compete this coming weekend at Alvamar’s two courses in search of his sixth city tourney title. Grove doesn’t expect to make that, but is being urged by friends to attempt to qualify for the PGA Tour by going through Q school.

“My game would have to get a lot better to do that,” Grove said.

Struggling PGA tour pro Gary Woodland, his season interrupted by a wrist injury at the Masters, spent a day at Alvamar and a day at LCC during a recent week off and Grove played a round with him at LCC.

“The tough thing is when the thing burst in his wrist he wasn’t able to practice, to put the hours in,” Grove said. “From an outsider looking in, at least it looks like he’s doing things around the green a little better. If he can just have a couple of good weeks in a row, then he’s off to the races.”

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Look for KU to have a new men’s golf coach in place soon.

Roy Edwards appears to be at the top of KU’s wishlist. But would he leave Colorado to take the job? CU coach Edwards is a friendly, popular presence in town during his years as assistant to Ross Randall at KU.

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Former KU golfer Tyler Docking is playing to a plus-4.1 handicap. It had gotten to as low as a plus-6.1. Docking holds the course record at notoriously difficult Shadow Glen Golf Club in Olathe. He shot a 63 from the tips on a 7,051-yard course with a rating of 74.9 and a 140 slope.

To figure out how many pops you would get playing Docking in a match, go to GHIN.com, look up your handicap index, punch in the slope of the course where the match would take place and do the same for Docking.

If, for example, you have a 17.8 handicap index, Docking would have to give you two strokes on nine of the holes, one stroke on the rest in a match played at his home course.

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Long, tall Mike Rack, a dentist who played at Nebraska and golfs out of Alvamar, and Chris Hutchens, a shorter insurance man who played at KU, teamed to win the KGA four-ball championship in the Masters (30 and over) division at Sycamore Ridge.

Two of the more pleasant golfers in town, you won’t hear either one of these guys trashing the other’s club. They know how lucky they are to live in a town so loaded with quality golf courses.

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Eagle Bend pro Greg Dannevik had June’s shot of the month. He fired a 6-iron 206 yards and into the cup on No. 16 for a double-eagle (also known as an albatross) for a 2 on the par 5.

“Lucky,” Dannevik said.

It’s amazing how much good luck finds golfers who can power an on-target 6-iron 206 yards.

Dannevik said he has had an albatross four times in his life, has six aces to his name and shot a 29 on Eagle Bend’s back side the day of his most recent double-eagle.

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At a KJGA event at Eagle Bend, Free State senior-to-be Alex Green carded back-to-back eagles, driving the No. 11 green and nailing a six-foot putt and chipping in for a three on the Par 5 No. 12.

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