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I was an only child and absolutely loved it.
My mom was also an only child so there were none of those easy-to-apply labels about not knowing how to share, not having playmates, being self-absorbed, etc.
You do not have to be an only child to learn those undesirable qualities.
What I did learn was that my parents always wanted me to be with them and everything was a family activity. Date night was family night, overnights always included two double beds in the hotel room, and we were an automatic threesome for golf if we weren't playing with friends.
I admit I never understood moms on Mother's Day (and dads on Father's Day for that matter) who used the day as a vacation of the very reason they are celebrating.
Golf is the perfect family sport.
There are so many options to have your children participate with you: Chip around in the back yard, play a scramble at a local golf course, putt on the carpet at home.
Most golf courses in the area are anxious for youth golfers to participate, so the game of golf continues to have fans both young and old.
This morning, we will be on the golf course even though several of our own adult children work at golf courses so are unable to join us.
Family has expanded to include cousins and friends who know they may always join us on Sunday mornings when time permits.
Parents who wonder why their adult children are not around as much should seek out adult sports they can continue to enjoy together as everyone gets older.
Just like shooting a free-throw contest in the backyard, golf and bowling are both sports that everyone can play from childhood through to senior citizen years.
Today, if you don't have a tee time, be sure and call your favorite course this morning and request one. Most courses have specials today for moms playing with their families.
Happy Mother's Day.
I look forward to seeing you on the golf course.
USGA LOCAL QUALIFIERS
Nathan Tarter, Randy Dietz qualify
More than 90 golfers teed off at Beechmont Country Club in the 2017 U.S. Open Local Qualifying tournament for Northeast Ohio.
Only seven spots were open to advance to the U.S. Open Sectional that eventually leads to the 117th U.S. Open Championship at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisc. (June 12-18).
It was a tough field of players hoping to advance to the sectional.
Justin Lower of Canal Fulton won the qualifier with a final score of 67 (4-under-par) at the Beachwood Course.
Former Mogadore High School and Malone University standout Nathan Tarter grabbed the third spot behind Timothy Raleigh of Bentleyville.
Tarter tied at 1-under-par (70) with Patrick Wilkes-Krier of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Jake Scott of Strongsville.
To determine the final two individual qualifiers, a sudden-death playoff between four players earned Randy Dietz, former Kent State golfer and PGA professional at Windmill Golf Center, a spot along with Shyamal Nagindas of Canton.
Everyone at the local qualifier was impressed with Max Moldovan, who will be a freshman at Green High School this season. Moldovan lost the playoff hole to become the first alternate.
Across the nation, as of May 11, there were 55 local qualifiers conducted with almost 5,000 competitors. Only 278 golfers earned sectional-qualifying spots.
David Engram, former golf professional at Barrington Golf Club, now living in Arizona, grabbed a qualifying spot in the Scottsdale qualifier.
Sectional qualifying took place at various clubs across the United States, including two in Ohio with 980 competitors seeking a spot in the U.S. Open.
Junior Events Begin
The Northern Ohio PGA has started their series of junior tournaments leading towards the Junior PGA Sectional Championship at Shady Hollow in Massillon and the Kenny Novak Championship at Club Walden in Aurora.
Coming up this month are the qualifier at Wooster Country Club on May 20, Riceland Golf club in Orrville on May 27 and the qualifier at the Country Club of Hudson on May 30.
For additional information and to register online, log onto www.thenorthernohiopga.com.
87th NORTHEAST OHIO AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Stonewater Country Club, Highland Heights
The Northern Ohio Golf Association's Amateur Championship has changed its format this season. Instead of running over consecutive weeks, the championship has been consolidated into a three-day, 54-hole event -- with the field cut after the first 36 holes.
The tournament is at Stonewater Country Club this season. The entry fee is $275 per person, with registration closing on June 7.
For additional information or to register online, visit www.noga.org.
PORTAGE COUNTY LEAGUE
Sunny Hill Golf Course, Brimfield
Tom Giovangnoli and Tom Butcher moved into the lead in the league after Butcher scored back-to-back birdies on holes 14 and 15. The team owns 54 points over Dale Bell and Ron Stoner, who accumulated 52 points.
Bell fired the low gross, a 40, while also sharing low-net honors with Butcher, each finishing with a score of 31.
Mike Leindecker was closest to the pin on hole 15.
MICKEY MAROZZI FORE FOR GOLF
At Windmill Lakes Golf Course, Ravenna
Mickey Marozzi, Portage County Engineer, joined the chorus of voices lamenting the closing of Kent State University Golf Course.
After hosting 27 of his "Fore" for Golf outings at Kent State, the 28th annual event is set to tee off at Windmill Lakes Golf Course in Ravenna on June 23.
The event begins with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.
The four-person scramble will enjoy a Guido's buffet at 5 p.m. after earning skill events and winning door prizes
Registration is $100 for golf and dinner, but guests are welcome to join the golfers for dinner only for $25.
Email Marozzi at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 330 296-6411 for information.
ROOTSTOWN ENDZONE CLUB
At Sunny Hill Golf Course, Brimfield
The Rootstown Endzone Club will host its 2nd annual golf outing at Sunny Hill Golf Course in Brimfield on June 3.
Registration is $300 per four-person scramble team and includes 18 holes, cart, cash prizes, contests, giveaways, boxed lunch at the turn, dinner and beverages.
The outing benefits the youth football programs in Rootstown.
The deadline to register is May 26 and for more information, email email@example.com or call Bill Adelman at 330-221-4293.
RECORD-COURIER ON THE COURSE
Wednesday: Hattie Larlham Sugar Bush Classic, Garrettsville
Friday: PARTA Foundation, Paradise Lakes Golf Course, Suffield
May 20-22: Richard Pfeiffer Golf Scramble, Windmill Lakes Golf Club, Ravenna.
Golf leagues and events are invited to send their results to firstname.lastname@example.org or call ahead (330-206-9083) for inclusion in the calendar of events.
IT REALLY HAPPENED
The rules of golf are changing ... maybe.
When the USGA and the R&A announced proposed rule changes on March 1, their intent was to make golf rules easier to understand and apply.
Some golfers thought the changes were set in stone, but the rules aren't enacted until 2019 except for a few tournaments that are trying out the rules.
And the rules are still open to be changed as golfers weigh in on the options.
A few headline-making rules included no penalty for a ball moving slightly on the green when the player does not receive an advantage; fixing spike marks of other players before you putt; giving only three minutes to find a lost golf ball; and changes in how the ball is dropped instead of just at shoulder-height.
Other changes include allowing players to keep damaged clubs in play and taking a drop out of a bunker with a two-stroke penalty.
There are many more details to the rules changes that can be found on the USGA website.
Remain calm because the rule changes may be changing again before 2019.
SAVE THE DATES
Record-Courier Portage County Amateurs
Registration online is available at www.recordpub.com for the series of four Amateur tournaments hosted by the Record-Courier.
For questions, email email@example.com, call 330-306-9083 or visit the Facebook page Golf in the Record-Courier Potage County Amateurs.
87th Portage County Amateur: July 29-30, Windmill Lakes and Sugar Bush Golf Courses.
47th Portage County Senior Amateur: Aug. 26-27, Windmill Lakes and Sugar Bush Golf Courses.
10th Matt Mishler Junior Portage County Amateur: July 24-25, Windmill Lakes and Sunny Hill Golf Courses.
3rd Kids Amateur: May 23, Sunny Hill Golf Course.