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April 25, 2014

DODD: One for the record books

It’s finally that time of year when the most frustrating and futile thing I can attempt has finally come around again. I have been on the golf course.

Golf should be an easy game. The ball is still. They give you a stick. You hit it and the ball should fall into a hole that has quite a bit larger circumference than does the ball.

It’s not a logical game. Why would anyone spend four hours trying to hit a stationary ball into a hole? And why can I not hit a stationary ball at least in a straight and forwardly direction? And how can a person enjoy a game at which they will never excel?

And will this be the year that I finally beat my new golfing rival Bobby Brashear. So many questions left to be answered.

I offer up this prologue to this part of my column for a reason. This past week, two of my buddies, Jim Cash — he always asks that I refer to him as Broker Jim Cash owner of Southern Realty — and Bobby Mode were enjoying an early season, rather routine round of golf at Chariots Run located at the Horseshoe Casino.

On what had been a real unspectacular round, Jim and Bob reached the tee box for the 15th hole. Jim told me there was a slight breeze with the wind behind him as Bob approached his ball. The 15th is a 136 yard par 3.

As Jim told me on the tee shot on the 15th, Bob sent the ball left of the green, barely making it on the green where it suddenly caught a downhill roll which picked up speed as it approached the pin. Both men heard the ball hit the flag from the tee. Jim told me Bobby seemed a bit incredulous at first as he stated, “That ball went in the hole!” Cash replied, “Well, Bobby, I don’t see it.”

Sure enough, as they walked onto the green, Bobby Mode had made a hole-in-one. He told Jim he was going to keep this ball as it was his second career hole-in-one, with the first occurring more than 20 years ago, and he didn’t have that golf ball.

I have played golf with Bobby Mode and Jim Cash often over the years. For all of you keeping score, the official lifetime tally of holes-in-one now stands at Bobby Mode-two; Lindon Dodd and Jim Cash combined — zero.

Congratulations Bobby on your accomplishment. Most people will admit that it takes a decent stroke and a bit of luck to accomplish a hole-in-one. I have usually noticed that good golfers tend to get a lot luckier at holes-in-one than bad golfers do.

Even though I would never doubt your golfing prowess, it sure would have been nice if there had been a more credible witness. I know Jim well enough to know that he probably tried to charge you to sign the score card.

To commemorate his hole-in-one, Bobby was given a pin flag by Chariot Run personnel. He will be sent a United States Golfing Association certificate. Perhaps best his name will now be placed on the wall-of-fame at the club and he will be featured in an article in Champions Magazine as the season’s first official hole-in-one registered on the course.

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