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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Inaugural Groundhog Open contested

  • The first unofficial event of the 2013 Park Hills golfing season was held on Saturday, February 2. The Groundhog Open drew nine contestants
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  • The first unofficial event of the 2013 Park Hills golfing season was held on Saturday, February 2. The Groundhog Open drew nine contestants.
    It is probably true that no one has as keen an interest in whether there will be an early spring as an avid golfer, thus the motivation and the rationale behind the Groundhog Open. The theory is that if at least 9 people try to play golf on February 2, and conditions are such that a majority of the participants are able to successfully complete a round on Groundhog Day, there will be an early spring.
    A trio of intrepid threesomes braved the chilly temperatures and brisk winds in an attempt to navigate the 18 holes at Park Hills.
     Participating golfers included Lynn Perez, Andy Kisner, Dan Theis, Gary Polk, John Mathes, Mike Sewell, Kenton Ladenburger and Ned Albers. There was also one NON-golfer (AKA “hack” ) in the field, Neil “The Hack” DePew. (DePew was allowed to play along so there would be the required number of players for the event to qualify as a sanctioned Groundhog Open.)
    At least 5 golfers are known to have completed the course, thus according to Groundhog Open protocol, there will be an early spring this year. Punxatawney Phil aficionados will note that the celebrated Pennsylvania rodent concurred with this prognostication.
    Results of the event were unavailable at press time. The scoring system is extremely complicated—having been invented by cryptographers at the National War College. For example, according to linkster Lynn Perez, there are extra points awarded if one is able to repeat the same shot over and over and over and over and over again. (Groundhog Day….Get it?)
    It has been rumored that corporate sponsors are being sought for next year’s event and that it could be added as a stop on the Nationwide Tour.
    It should be a spectacular golfing season at Park Hills if the Groundhog Open was any indication.

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