Perhaps golf course foe was attacked by a tree iron

Aug 26 2013 - 2:08pm

Images

An old friend recently suffered a fall, and it might be worth noting.

Or perhaps it was old foe.

The mighty old cottonwood tree protecting the green on hole No. 7 at Schneiter's Riverside featured a huge branch that swung to the east, knocking down approach shots through the years without hesitation.

Two Saturdays ago, as I was getting ready to tee off on No. 7, our group heard a mighty crash and looked up to see the huge branch on the ground in the area fronting the sloping green.

Everyone was safe. The tree itself will survive just fine.

But the big old branch is gone, and leaves the landscape a little bare.

For the next 30 minutes I watched golfer after golfer stop by to pay respects to the old branch. Some took pictures.

I watched as Ernie and Brett and Julie and all the rest of the crew drove out to assess the situation. Who knows, maybe a few tears were shed.

Growing up, Riverside and the old Royal Greens -- now Eagle Lake -- were the best places for youngsters like me to learn the game. Back then, the hole was No. 2 on the nine-hole track and the old tree ate me up time and again.

Friend of foe, we'll miss the old branch.

Get better, Troy

Well-known rodeo performer Troy Lerwill suffered not one, but two, broken ankles on Aug. 16 during action at the Davis County Fair Rodeo performance in Farmington.

Lerwill, nicknamed "The Wild Child" in his specialty show, landed hard during his motorcycle act. The Payson cowboy will likely be sidelined a couple of months.

Lerwill, who has been voted the PRCA comedy act of the year six times, told PRCA News that he hopes to get well in time to work some of his scheduled rodeos later in the year.

Tidbits

We note the passing of Utah boxing promoter Tracy Spinks, who died on Monday at age 55. He was the front man for CCC Promotions, which produced a show last Saturday. Funeral services are Wednesday at St. Rose Catholic Church in Layton on Wednesday. CCC Promotions is planning a memorial for his boxing family as well. ...

The WSU Wildcat Coaches luncheons start this Monday at noon at the Ogden Summit Hotel. ...

Utah drivers Madison Snow and Sloan Urry, alumni of the Utah Kart Championship and the Ford Racing School at Miller Motorsports Park, finished 1-2 in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge race last week at Wisconsin's Road America. ...

Today is the Focus Four Run, a four-mile race to remember local humantarians who died in a plane crash in Guatemala in 2008. The running and walking begins at 8 a.m. at 1900 West and 4000 South. Find out more at www.focus4run.com. ...

The Dare to Care pole dance and aerial acrobatic dance competition is set for Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Davis Conference Center. Organizers promise a family friendly event with lots of inspirational dance routines. ...

Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin is getting ready to leave for the 2013 Basketball without Borders camp in South Africa through the NBA and FIBA global basketball development program. Since its inception, the NBA and FIBA have staged 33 BWB camps in 20 cities in 17 countries....

Softball player Jackie Sweet will receive the Occie Evans Award as the University of Utah's top senior female athlete during 2012-13. She will be honored at Utah's homecoming football game on Sept. 14. ...

Utah men's basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak smacked the ceremonial first serve at last weekend's AVP Salt Lake City Open before the women's and men's finals at Liberty Park. Krystkowiak is friends with AVP star and Olympian Sean Rosenthal, who along with Phil Dalhausser, ended up winning the event. ...

Bronco and Holly Mendenhall will stage their 2013 Hero Ride this morning in Utah County. The bicycle ride and surrounding charity events fund BYU football's Thursday's Heroes program. To get involved, visit www.HeroRideUtah.com.

Contact sports editor Chris J. Miller at 801-625-4261, cmiller@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @cjmsports. Friend him on Facebook at Standard-Examiner Sports.

From Around the Web

  +