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Columns

  • Tee Time: A bit of a history lesson in golf terms

    By Dennis George

    I don’t always get the chance to read these columns once they go to print. And as many of you may have noticed, I don’t do a very good job of editing them before I hit the send key on my laptop.
    So you can imagine how I felt when I did look at the headline in The Kentucky Standard that accompanied my June 29 diatribe.
    “Bunkers still pose a challenge for this duffer.”
    I’m a duffer, huh.

  • Back at it

    It's already the end of July, and we are quickly approaching the beginning of many things: school (not particularly looking forward to it personally), football season and high school sports. As the season draws closer, the sports team are already out on the field practicing their techniques, getting in shape for the upcoming season, and receiving advice from their coaches. Sports players themselves have all sorts of responsibilities and jobs, from protecting the quarterback, to protecting the basket, to guarding their man, and many, many other tasks.

  • Woods and Waters: Outdoorsmen must stay hydrated in these hot temps

    First off I want to congratulate Detective Byron Richardson on his retirement from the Lebanon Police Department after 20-plus years of service. A job well done!
    Don’t forget, the Central Kentucky Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Banquet will be held at 5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, at Centre Square in Lebanon. You can get more information and ticket by contacting John O. Thomas at Lebanon City Hall or Leo Essex at 502-507-4100 or by contacting him at leo.essex@hecmfg.com.

  • Vaught’s Views: UK quarterback wants to prove he’s a leader on and off the field

    By Larry Vaught

    Give Drew Barker credit for understanding that many University of Kentucky fans really do not yet know him -- and he wants to keep working to change that.
    "I know I have had some setbacks before but I would not label that as who I am as a person. I am definitely nice and polite. Sometimes people get the wrong picture of someone and you can't tell that is really not right if you don't know them," said the Kentucky sophomore quarterback.

  • Tee Time: Remembering how it all began

    By Dennis George

    A trip down memory lane.
    It was Christmas of 1966 when I looked under the tree and saw my first set of golf clubs.
    Back in those days, a child’s first set included a driver, 3 wood, 3-5-7 and 9 irons and a putter. Down the road, if you were lucky, you got to fill in the 4-6 and 8 irons. The lucky guys had a wedge in their bag. We didn’t know what a sand wedge was.

  • Brotherhood

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports Correspondent

  • Woods and Waters: Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation banquet is Aug. 6

    When I got up Sunday morning and turned on my TV I saw where some Baton Rouge police officers had been assassinated. What’s wrong with people? What’s wrong with the “famous” and “important” people who seem to condone such actions?
    What’s wrong with people who blame our guns and not the people who use them? What’s wrong?

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    Mark your calendars for Aug. 6. Why? Well, cause that’s the Saturday evening when the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will host their annual banquet/fundraiser!

  • Vaught’s Views: Former Wildcat is now an NBA veteran

    By Larry Vaught

    When Patrick Patterson joined the Toronto Raptors two years ago, his mother admits she did not know coach Dwane Casey was a former Kentucky player or assistant coach.
    "I just did not know that at all," said Tywanna Patterson. "But I love Dwane Casey. He lets young men play their game. The NBA is a little different from college. In college, whatever the coach says goes. In the NBA, there is more leeway and if a player has an idea for setting up a play or something, the coaches listen.

  • Tee Time: The Open Championship begins this week

    By Dennis George

    With The Open Champion-ship beginning tomorrow at Royal Troon , it’s a good time to talk about customs, sayings and stories about our friends from across the pond.
    Americans get blamed sometimes for ruining the game as it was meant to be played.
    I learned quickly on my first trip to Scotland that you’re expected to putt everything out. There’s no such thing as a gimme.
    And a second shot off of the first tee?

  • Jumping ship

    By Gerard Flanagan
    Sports Correspondent

    Kevin Durant announced on July 3 he was signing with the Golden State Warriors, leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder, a team he had been on since he came into the league (the Thunder were the Seattle SuperSonics, but changed their name after Durant’s rookie season). His decision came as a surprise to many fans, players, and coaches across the NBA. It also came as a surprise to me as well.