While girls dominated The Herald-Tam O’Shanter Junior Golf Championships in June, it would be great to see more young girls take up the sport.
It is evident that there are becoming more opportunities in the game for girls and women today.
As I tuned into the Fox Cleveland station (Channel 36 on the cable) recently, the show “18 holes with Natalie Gulbis and Jimmy Hanlin” was being aired. But I got a surprise when I saw that Jimmy was working with Caroline Collins, who had joined the program as swing clinic co-host.
Caroline, who is a newscaster for WFMJ TV in Youngstown, is a Kennedy Catholic High and Point Park University graduate. A daughter of local golf pro Bob Collins, she was an outstanding player at Kennedy and attended Point Park on a full scholarship for golf.
Natalie Gulbis was a youngster on the LPGA Tour when the pros came to Squaw Creek Country Club several years back.
Speaking of the LPGA Tour, former tour player Shelley Sanders – who once was a member of the Sharon High boys team – was in town and talked to young players at Tam O’Shanter recently. Her dad Paul Sanders has been a starter at Tamie for many years.
There are a lot of scholarships available in golf for high school girls. While you might not make TV like Caroline or the LPGA Tour like Natalie or Shelley, it is a game you can play and enjoy the the rest of your life.
• The Youngstown State women’s golf team has made great strides under head coach Nate Miklos, a former Kennedy Catholic High standout.
YSU is one of the multitude of colleges offering scholarships for female golfers.
• As if the game of golf isn’t hard enough, a dead tree came down recently on the side of No. 1 at Tam O’Shanter and it contained a huge bees nest. And I mean HUGE! (See photo that appears with this column.)
A professional beekeeper was called in to take care of it Friday and preserve the bees, which are so important to our environment.
Nature can provide some golf hazards for sure, such as alligators on Florida courses or snakes on others.
But let nature take its course, so don’t bother any animals on the course. I had to shoo a snake off a green recently. No one should ever harm a snake because they help curb pesky animals.
If you see any kind of animals or insects on a golf course: Bee-careful!
• I don’t know why, but I have a hard time caring about the British Open this year.
Maybe it’s partly because longtime favorites to watch – like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson – didn’t make the cut.
While many of the links courses in Great Britain would be fun to play once, they would be considered like cow pastures in the United States.
LYNN SATERNOW is sports editor of The Herald and The Allied News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.