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The History of Golf


What do you think makes the game of golf unique?
It involves striking a ball with a club, cross country, into a hole.
No other early club and ball game had these three essential elements of golf.

Many countries have claimed the origins of golf. The Chinese and the Dutch have both claimed to have created the game of golf.
The Dutch had a courtyard club and ball game and another game played on ice where the ball was propelled towards a post.
Meanwhile, centuries ago, the Chinese played a game using equipment remarkably similar to golf clubs, apparently to hit a ball into a hole in courtyards. However, it is only in Scotland that the three essential elements of golf were met.

The game of golf can be traced to Scotland. In 1457, parliament banned the game so that more time would be spent on archery practice, which was necessary for Scotland’s defence at the time.
Following the 1501 repeal of the ban, the game prospered. The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers was the world’s first golf club, organized in 1744.

They should have left the ban on the game.

I think it would be easier to hit a deer running at 20 miles per hour at 30 yards, than it is to hit the golf ball many times to get 450 yards down the fairway and into a little hole in the ground. not to mention the hazzards that go long with the game, hooks, slices, sand traps, water, dubs, and not looking at the ball when you are tying to hit it.


Don Riesberg shoots a sizzling 30

Don on#7 jan 19thThe best round of golf by any of the LaCopa group this year, belongs to Don Riesberg with his accurate drives and having his putting down to a fine art, making puts from near and far.
Congrats to Don on his Blazing round.

Sid Bina got the only birdie of the day on # 7 when he drove to within 16″ of the hole. Just missed the Ace.

the birdie swing by Sid

He finished with a 34 along with George with a 34. Richard made everyone feel good when he shot a 37.

Only the hardy La Copa league braved the weather

There are two groups of golfers from the LaCopa inn and they are the Hardy ones and the little less Hardy ones.

Nine of the Hardiest ones braved the 45 degree temps and the cold wet mist that was falling to make sure that the reputation of the LaCopa league was kept intact.

They are veiwed by the group of volenteers who operate the Cottonwood golf coarse as the crazy northerers .

The nine golfers drew tees to make up the teams for the day, each golfer kept thier own score for the round, and the best score on each hole was recorded for the Team bragging rights for the day.

Kieth, Sid and Richard drew the red tees and were first off the tee. The whites were George, Judy and Ron.

The trio of Joyce, Don and Doug were the last off the first tee and were blessed with the most of the rain on the last few holes.
The bad weather they had to suffer through showed on their team score as they came in with a 34.

The Red team came in with a 30, and the White team shot a 29 and won the bragging rights for the day.

George had the only birdie of the day and he got that on hole #3, congrats to George and to Ron who had the lowest round of the day at 31, his first golf since he left here last year.

Congrats to the less hardy golfers as they had enough brains to stay inside and out of the rain but they did not have any fun.

Afternoon Golf provides a couple of Birdies

After playing 9 holes this morning, and the weather warming up to pleasant temps with verry little wind, George, Sid and Richard hit the links for another nine holes.

George started off with a Birdie on the 110 yard Hole # 1 (his first of the this year) but the good feeling soon was gone as he had 5’s on the next two holes and ended up the round with a 38.

Richard played military golf off the tees all day, on # 6 he hit another ball in the water,( second one today) at the end, all the strokes added up to 38, the same as George.

After the 31 Sid shot this morning, he was full of hope, but the golf gods were not kind to him and he started off with 5’s on each of the first three holes.
Aflter that he settled down and played better and got his first birdie of this year on the 95 yard # 7.

He had the best score of the afternoon with a 37.unplayable lie

Rain and windy in South Texas

Today the Lacopa golfers, were to start the winter season of golf on Friday, at the Cottonwood Golf Coarse, but the rain and cool weather for the last few days has dampened the spirit of the golfers and they do not want to come outside to play.

Most of the golfers from last year have returned or will be here in the next week or so.


This is a picture of the 18th hole at the golf coarse ( Falls Country Club) in International Falls Min. taken from outside of the Club House, it is a great finishing hole for the Pete Peterson seniors Tournament which is held every year. If you are every in the area you should play in this one.

Seniors open winners list


On Tuesday, August 12, 2014, seventy three golfers from the region showed up at Little Falls Golf Club to compete for the Atikokan Senior Men Championship. We had players from Fort Frances, Dryden, Devlin, Thunder Bay, Sioux Lookout, international Falls, MN and Siren, WI. The players had great golfing conditions for the day. We had wonderful sunny days and a light breeze. The course was in good condition for the event. Play started at 9:00 am. A shotgun start saw all the players start at the same time. There were eighteen groups on the course.

Sparky ( Mark Clark) shot rounds of 39-38 for a total of 77. On the front nine he had 6 pars and 3 bogeys. On the back he added two birdies, three pars and three bogeys for a 38. Three players shot 78’s to finish one stroke behind Clark. Carl Botel, Gibby Ariano, a past champion and Rob Zacharias registered the 78. Also with a 79, Greg Tighe finished two strokes behind the leader.

The low net Champion was John “Goose” Manno of Sioux Loodout shot a Net 67 to capture the title.

Thanks to Mo’s catering for an excellent meal for all the golfers. It was well appreciated by the players. A special thank you goes out to all who help making it a successful tourney. Also I would like to thank our sponsors who have supported us for a long time. (You may view our thank you ADV in the newspaper). But most of all we would like to thank our local cart owners of have allowed us to borrow their carts to provide our guests with a ride. Without your generosity we would not be able to put on our tournament. .

Gross score winners

1st flight 1. Carl Botel 78 2. Gibby Ariano 78 3. Rob Zacharias 78 4. Greg Tighe 79

2ndFlight 1.    Alton Pollard 86 2.    Franco Calvelli 88 3.    Gord Hoskins 90 4.    Raymond Roy 91

3rd Flight 1. Brian McCallum 86 2. Harley Beauregard 89 3. Larry Brown 94 4. Jean Lambert 98

4th Flight 1.    Harold Mosley 95 2.    Eli Kempf 98 3.    Ed Kennedy 101 4.  Richard Lampi 103 .

Net score winners

1st Flight . 1. Mark Labossier 70 2. Todd Bryk 71 3. Dave Green 72 4 .Mike Willick 72

2nd Flight 1. Charlie Roy 72 2. Rob Driver 73 3. John Williams 74 4. Gary Ladoucer 76

3rd Flight 1. Pete Sas 75 2. Vernon Herbert 75 3. Gary Braun 78 4. Lance Beauregard 78

4th Flight 1. Kieth Apland 72 2. Paul Heayn 73 3. Pete Barna 75 4. Bill Guchalak 76

Group golfing for fun

I belong to a mixed group of senior golfers (Winter Texans) who play every friday. We generally play on a par three coarse where we have negotiated a group rate for nine holes.
We are always looking for some variations to the game to play which will include everyone and does not require a handicap. Not everyone plays enough rounds to get one and some of them do not care as they are not real competitive golfers.
This past week we played in four man groups with each player playing his own ball and keeping the score on a community card, this way each player gets to have his or her scores at the end of the day.
Only the best score on a hole is taken for the group on each hole, this goes to see which group gets the bragging rights for the day.
In order to reduce the stacking of teams, we put 4 tees of red, white, blue, green, yellow, into a basket. Each player draws to find out what team they will be on for that day.
All the birdies are bring great fanfare as they are rare accomplishments and are recorded for the end of the season windup.

14 club rule

Did you ever wonder who made up the 14 clubs rule,(It was probably a Caddy), which limits the number of clubs you can carry in your bag.

It was put in place to return to shot making to a higher skill level.

That rule was adopted by the US golf association in 1938 and then by all the major associations in 1939.

One player from that era , Lawson Little, carried as high as 25 clubs in his bag,  He must have had a strong caddy.

I wonder if they made that many clubs with only a couple of degrees difference in the face of the clubs.