, Port Arthur, Texas


August 27, 2013

West golf notepad: Dementia erases 94-year-old's hole-in-one

PORT ARTHUR — In lieu of any holes-in-one being reported this past week, there’s a poignant tale to pass along about 94-year-old Charles Towner’s “forgotten” ace in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The good news is that at his age Towner was able to hit a 3-wood some 160-yards into the cup on the second hole at Kissing Camels Golf Club. The bad news is that Towner has dementia and short-term memory loss, and had no recollection of the ace by the time he’d played his customary nine holes.

After their round, Towner and  his 82-year old playing partner, Harold Poe, went into the golf shop. Poe wanted to tell director of golf Gene Gableman about his friend’s ace. When Gablemen went over to congratulate Towner, the response was a blank look, followed by, “It would be great to get a hole-in-one.”

Later, after dropping Towner off at home, Poe called to ask his wife if Charles had mentioned the ace. She said no, but that she would ask him about it. When she did, Towner told her that Poe had made a hole in one.

If there’s a happy ending to the story, it’s that the local newspaper ran a story about Towner’s hole-in-one. His wife says the phone has been ringing non-stop with people calling to congratulate him. Even though he can’t remember the ace, Towner has to be enjoying all the attention.

CHIP SHOTS: Ray Hecker scored his first eagle on a par 4 at Babe Zaharias when he holed a 7-wood from 164-yards on the 378-yard, 5th hole. Hecker used the eagle as the springboard to his best-ever round of 84. Witnesses were Kenny Hecker, Steve Gant and Jim Wood . . . The team of Jim Jordan, Rick Pritchett, John Bass and Art Miller won the Babe Zaharias DogFight with 15 points. Tied for second at 14 points was the team of Joe Landry, Bill Fears and Ivory Hatch, and the foursome of Mark Petry, Bill Hanley, Ray Trahan and Steve Childress. Closest to the pin winners were Art Miller (No. 2), Hatch (No. 7) and Bass (No. 12, No 15) . . . There was a two-way tie for first in the Bridge City/Orangefield Rotary Club’s second annual Bayou Bowl scramble played at Zaharias. The team of David Ess, David Carrier, Scott Spore and Pepper Gros carded a 56, as did the foursome of Barry Uptigrove, Brad Nepveaux, Bryan Phelps and Tim Saenz . . . The Super Saturday Game at Babe Zaharias was played in a 2-ball format. On the front nine, the team of Larry Morris, Walter Colvin, Dan Flood and Gene Noble won with minus 4. On the back, the team of Thad Borne, Lowell Benoit, John Williams and Larry Vicknair prevailed with minus 4 . . . The Senior Game at the Babe was played in a 2-ball handicapped format. The foursome of Roger Baumer, Ron Mistrot, Larry Foster and Steve Richard swept, winning the front in minus 15 and the back in minus 12. Closest to the pin winners were Doc Richard (No. 12) and Stedman Tahaney (No. 15) . . . Bill Taylor finished plus 4 to win the Friday Seniors at Belle Oaks. Major Rising was second with plus 3 and Bill Worsham third with plus 1. Raymond Rice was the closest to the pin winner on No. 15 . . . For those who follow Chris Stroud, a reminder that this week’s second stop in the Fed Ex playoffs — the Deutsche Bank Classic — runs Friday through Monday because of Labor Day weekend. Stroud is paired with Jonas Blixt and David Lynn for an 11:34 a.m. tee time on Friday and a 7:04 p.m. start on Saturday.

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