The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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August 24, 2013

Andrew Maier, Les Taylor lead golfer of the year standings

Andrew Maier has taken over the lead in the Range Line Golf Center’s Area Golfer of the Year competition.

Maier had a fourth-place finish in the Joplin Globe City Championship, a tie for fifth in the Briarbrook Invitational, a second in the Ozark Amateur and a sixth in the Twin Hills Invitational. He also picked up 30 points for making an appearance for the victorious Joplin Horton Smith Cup team to give him 305 points.

The key to Maier’s lead was consistent play. He didn’t win a tournament, but he was a factor in four events.

He has a 10-point lead over former Area Golfer of the Year Paul Ashe and a 20-point edge over Corey Clingan in the competition.

Others among the leaders are Mark Bruder 165, Chris Patterson 165, Barrett Lais 155, Evan Wood 125, Kyle Long 105, Dustin Edge 95 and Tim Wagaman 90.

In the seniors race, Les Taylor appears to have good grip on retaining his 2012 Golfer of the Year title. He has 255 points. Doug Harvey is second with 165 points, Dan Tourtelot is third with 160 and Bob McKay is fourth 140. Mike Cotshall is fourth with 135.

Those in the sixth through 10th places in the senior division are Dave Tourtelot 120, Tim Old 115, Bill Curry 110, Jim Lucas 100 and Steve Watts 85.

The competition has been sponsored for two years by Alan Schmidt, owner of Range Line Golf Center. Points are awarded to the top 10 players in a series of selected Joplin-area tournaments. More than 70 local and area players earned points in the competition this summer.

Prizes will be awarded to the top five players in the regular and seniors divisions.

Tournaments remaining on the points schedule are the club championships at Twin Hills Golf and Country Club, Briarbrook Golf Club, Schifferdecker Municipal Golf Course and Carthage Municipal Golf Course.

Quiz

Here’s a couple of questions for the truly dedicated golfer.

• Who is the only one-eyed golfer to win the U.S. Open? Tommy Armour won the 1927 Open title. He also won the PGA Championship in 1930 and the British Open in 1931. Armour lost an eye in World War I.

• What golfer slept with his putter? If you said Bobby Locke give yourself a star. The South African was considered the finest putter of his era and proved a tough competitor by winning four British Opens — 1949, 1950, 1952 and 1957. But he was so concerned about someone stealing his putter, he took it to bed with him.

Talk about luck. Cary Middlecoff was leading a tournament when he hit a tee shot into the jacket pocket of a spectator. Unfortunately, the man took the ball from his pocket, threw it into the rough and ran away. Middlecoff found the ball in the high grass but took a double bogey and lost the event.

Oldest and youngest. Old Tom Morris was the oldest golfer to win the British Open. He was 46 when he won the Open title at Prestwick, Scotland, in 1867. His son, Tom Morris Jr., claimed the 1868 title at the age of 17.

One-day winner? Willie Park won the first British Open in 1860. The field consisted of eight players. There were three 12-hole rounds played in a single day.

Doug Sanders grabbed the lead in the Pensacola (Fla.) Open after shooting a 67 in the second round. He obliged his fans by signing autographs. Unfortunately, he forgot to sign his scorecard and was disqualified.

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