Biking: Riding in the cool of a young morning

By Marty Basch

It is early Sunday morning, a time when rational people are catching up on much needed sleep.

Instead, I am on my bicycle during the best part of the cycling day, the cool of a young morning.

Better yet, I am riding on roads that service up some of the finest landscapes and terrain for road riding in the valley.

Not that I can't find fault with these meandering country lanes. I can. There are far too many miles in need of repair with jarring potholes, uneven surfaces that shake you to the core and sinister cracks just waiting to mess with your day.

However, those rolling roads lead to a place where farm and fields meet forest, where soon enough the corn will be as high as an elephant's eye and it's reach right up to a sky with jagged mountains on the horizon.

Golf: Remember… play all 19 holes

By Joe Soraghan

 

 “A Golfer has an advantage over a fisherman:  he doesn’t have to produce anything to prove his story.” — Anonymous

Clarkie was a fixture around the New York state horse racing tracks, and he always felt that Saratoga was the best of all. Even though he lived in the city, Clarkie would hop on the train at six o’clock in the morning to travel upstate every day the horses were running. In the evenings, he would take the trip back to the city and arrive home close to midnight. When he was asked by a friend why he didn’t just stay in Saratoga, he replied, “I need to spend time with the family.”

This is a story that has gone around in horse racing scenes throughout the country. But, I first heard it at a golf course in the Saratoga area, where horse racing remains the top attraction. The location of my high level conversation was the “19th Hole” with my opponent who shared an interest in the “sport of kings.”

The “19th Hole” is where golfers take their game after having completed the first 18. It is where wagers are settled, shots are relived, and discussions are centered on the quality of the shots.  It is here where men and woman meet to replay the round or to engage in conversations that are of general interest. A round of golf typically moves from the course to the clubhouse or a local tavern, where, over food, drink, and friendship, it is hoped that a nice experience is expounded upon and future rounds are planned.  What is it that you as a golfer are looking for in a 19th Hole?

The 19h Hole is usually located in a clubhouse where the furnishings, fare, aesthetics, and physical location are often determined by the membership and what they are willing to pay. Many golfers visit courses where their first impression is similar to a child’s reaction to a visit to Disney Land:  they are awestruck. For most of us, it is our own local course that provides the enjoyment, sustenance, and friendship. Realistic golf course managers have got to know the players and the limitations of what can be provided to the clientele. One of the more unique courses I have visited was in Conemara, Ireland. This was a nine-hole local course where, upon completion of your round, you went to a small hut where you helped yourself to some libation if the bartender was unavailable. The operation was on the honor system. The bartender was also the course pro and superintendent. This was a family-owned course with a system that worked effectively for the locals and this visiting American.  

Jack Nicklaus, now heavily involved in golf course design work, warns new developers that clubhouses should be designed for economic efficiency. Ostentatious buildings can become burdens to a club and its membership. He wants his clientele to be realistic about their investment and their future. I note that most of Jack's design work is now overseas, as golf course design has come to a screeching halt here in the States.

To our local golfers and the 19th Holes they favor, remember to share in the responsibility of making a round of golf enjoyable for all that play the course. Visit your 19th Hole, enjoy your friends, support the club to which you have attached your name, and promote your club. Without support of membership and visitors to our fine facilities we will find ourselves on the outside looking in. When you have completed your experience, like Clarkie, you can go home and spend time with the family.
Club Notes:
• Indian Mound Golf Course (539-7733): The On the Links players are praying for sunshine for their rounds this week. Leading the way in their respective divisions are The Sht Birds, pro division, Conway Slicers, bogey division and The Happy Hookers in the sandbagger division. In Ladies league action Carrie Nolet, Pat Kaligian, Sandra Carr, and Jean Lawton are on top of their division. A reminder for your calendar, the Ladies Invitational will be held on September 24. In the Rivers Edge Quota League, Dave Charette and Bob Cyr took top honors at +8. Closest to the pin winners were Rickie Tibbetts and Jim Pearson. Clinics for players of all abilities are held on Mondays from 3 to 4:15 p.m. The cost is $15 per player. Nine and Dine Sundays are in full swing. This fun outing gets you 9 holes of golf, a cart, dinner, and prizes for $30 per player each Sunday afternoon. The Back 9 Falcons have been honing their golf skills at the Mound for the Special Olympics event later this month.
• Wentworth Golf Course (383-9641): This weekend the Jackson 18 will host the Member/Guest tournament and the much anticipated evening gala. In Ladies League action Lorna Kimball took the top honors. She was followed by Susan Dugdale and Sheila Hastings. Week 8 of Red Fox action saw the Over Par team take the top spot, in second place it was The Leprechaun’s and third the Pin Seekers. Individually, long drives went to Keith Bradley and Amy Russo. Closest to the pin honors went to Cam James. On Saturday, July 19, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Mental Coach Lisa Love will be presenting a seminar/clinic that focuses on the mental approach to the golf game. This will be limited to 12 people and will be a classroom style presentation along with time on the putting green. The cost is $20 per person. Sign up with Kevin.
North Conway Country Club (356-9391): A Rules Clinic will be held this evening at NCCC with NHUSGA rules guru, John Jelley. This will be an “on course” clinic that begins at 4:30 p.m. When this useful free clinic is over, the 19th Hole will be open with “munchies” available. The Two-Day Member/Guest is scheduled for July 18 and 19. Results for the Flag Tournament are in and the three top players are Lenny White, Bruce Sanderson, and Jackie Gaudes. This weekend, members are playing for Champ of the Month honors.
• Eagle Mountain Golf Course (383-9090): Rain has interfered with Don Ho action at the Jackson 9. Completing their season at -50 was the Sherwin Williams team but the GB Carrier team at -35 and the Divot Kings at -32 still have two weeks of play to try and catch the Sherwin Williams team. The Eagle continues to offer great values for families after 3 p.m. and Family clinics will be available the next three Sundays. Call the pro shop for more information.
Province Lake Golf Course (207-793-4040): It took the final week and a few holes to crown the champs in the Pau Hana League. The team of Don Hayward, Diana Hayward, Alden Hayward, and Dick Edwards took the top spot, just edging out the team of Diane Lofgren, Eric Lofgren, Howie Knight, and Patrick DeAngelo. Individual honors went to Chris Giminez for closest to the pin with long drives going to Howie Knight and Diana Hayward. Sign ups have begun for the Fall League. This Saturday, Bucky Lewis will bring his act to PLG. Call for reservations.
Hale’s Location Golf Course (356-2140): Hale’s will be hosting the Susan G. Kommen Rally for the Cure golf tournament on Aug. 25. This is a shotgun start at 9 a.m. with registration beginning at 8 a.m. The cost is $60 per player for which each participant will receive breakfast goodies, golf, lunch and prizes. If you would like to donate, volunteer, or are seeking more information, e-mail John Szewcryk at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Bobbie Box at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This tournament is a four person scramble.
19th Hole
This weekend, professional women golfers will be competing in the Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale. Every golfer should be rooting for Julie Inkster who, with a victory in this great major, would have a career Grand Slam for Women’s majors. The Women’s majors are a bit more complex than the men. The Western Open, held from 1930-1967, was considered a major, along with the Titleholders Tourneys, 1937-42, 1946-66, and 1972. The U.S. Women’s Open, the LPGA Championship, Kraft Nabisco Championship, and the Women’s Open complete the list. Have a great golfing weekend and partake in 19th Hole camaraderie!

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Essence of a champion: Lleyton Hewitt wins Newport

By Christopher Chaffee

"What we do in life echoes in eternity." — Gladiator

It was like watching a movie that opens your eyes, lifts your soul, and touches your heart. Throughout the movie you have tears of joy and you feel inspired. In the movies, we see our hero progress, strive, and endure his way through a path towards his final encounter. The ending is set as he faces his ultimate test. We then see what the hero is really made of. The test shows the essence of his character, who he is inside, and how he conducts himself on the outside in his life. We love to see the hero have an epic battle against tremendous odds and then being able to find a way through. At the end, the hero is congratulated by the ones who believed in him and his loved ones. It makes for a beautiful moment.

However, in this case this wasn't a movie, it just happened on Sunday. A real uplifting story with a hero who is a real life person. I can't help but to have tears of joy and inspiration fill my heart and soul as I have just seen Lleyton Hewitt win his second title of 2014 with a 6-3 6-7 7-6 against someone who he has had trouble with in the past.

Legends are created with something inside. A great fire which comes from within. Hewitt is a gladiator, an ultimate warrior, a living legend. He is the ultimate professional. Hewitt has just won his 30th career singles title in Newport, R.I. at the Tennis Hall of Fame. He faced Goliath — Ivo Karlovic, who he had never beaten on grass and has a 1-4 win and loss record against.

All that changed Sunday afternoon. Hewitt begin the challenge, faced it, and rose in triumph. He fell to his knees and lifted his arms toward the heavens in victory. He set out with the goal of winning this tournament and now he has conquered it. He just gave his everything out there and showed tremendous courage, fire, and heart. Karlovic can be mentally tough to play because he takes away your rhythm, your timing. He has such a big serve, if you ever lose your serve, you can lose the match.

Hewitt, remained mentally tough and focused like he has done throughout his whole career. He remained positive and just kept trying. Hewitt in this match and in his career has shown how disciplined and motivated he is. He is determined to get the absolute best out of himself each and every day in his life. That is a rare and admirable trait in a person.

Hewitt already has a Hall of Fame resume for what he has been able to do on the court. He just added to it today. He should also be remembered for who he is as a human being. He is a humble champion, a family man, who believes in his purpose and uses his iron will to fulfill it. Hewitt has displayed throughout his career as someone who has a strong moral compass that includes humility, passion, and integrity. Proud of who he is as a person and proud of his work ethic as a professional.

"And if what that man did in his life makes the blood pulse through the body of others and makes them believe deeper in something that's larger than life, then his essence, his spirit, will be immortalized by the storytellers." — Ultimate Warrior

A Hall of Fame resume which includes over 600 wins. 30 titles, two Grand Slams, and two years being the No. 1 player in the world. Hewitt has always had tremendous courage, fire, and heart. We can look and say Hewitt is prime example of someone that always was a positive person who followed and lived with his heart on his sleeve. He is disciplined and motivated to get the absolute best out of himself each and every day in his life. He believes in his purpose and uses his iron will to live his life. He is a winner, he is a legend and Legends are forever.

"Something that ain't running and ain't backin' up and is hittin' on you and you're too damn tired to breathe... you find that situation on you, that's good, 'cause that's Baptism Under Fire! You get through that, and you find the only kind of respect that matters in this world: Self-Respect." — Rocky Balboa

The media is always quick to write him off, when he doesn't do well and of all the injuries he has had. He could walk away and no one would think less of them. There will be memories turned into stories of how this Aussie did remarkable things. We are lucky to be able to still see an athlete out there grinding his way through opponents and tournaments week in and week out.

If you watch Hewitt compete you can tell he loves tennis. He loves the battle. He isn't out there for the money, but to simply be the best version of himself. Hewitt always has had many challenges standing in front him. Whether it be his opponents or those nagging injuries one thing is for sure Hewitt will not back away from anything. He will, will his way through them. Sunday's victory against Ivo should not only signify who Lleyton Hewitt is, but it will also show his endurance as a a humble champion. His victory will be celebrated by the honor and respect he deserves — self-respect.

Christopher Chaffee is the head tennis pro at Cranmore Resort and coach of the Fryeburg Academy girls tennis team.

 

Biking: Century-plus Ride seeks young valley cyclists

By Marty Basch

Know a young valley bicyclist who wants to ride around Mount Washington?

A couple of young riders could get a free ride in the July 19 Mount Washington Century-plus Ride, a fundraiser for Albany's Tin Mountain Conservation Center.

All it takes for getting into a raffle for a shot at a free entry is posting something on a Facebook page.

Valley-based The Skinny Towel is sponsoring entries for one male and one female cyclist aged 21 years and younger from our happy valley.

What they have to do is simple. Post a comment on why you or someone you know would like to ride in the century on White Mountains TV 16's Facebook page and be entered into a drawing.