October 6, 2015 |
What's the difference between a town and a golf course? To start, the latter has more sand traps, fewer bus stops, and funnier pants. There is, of course, no need to go on: The distinction between a town and a golf course is as self-evident as that between a Crown Victoria and a golf cart. Except, apparently, in New Jersey, where a pair of Camden County municipalities, Pine Valley and Tavistock, are essentially appendages of golf clubs. The Inquirer's Michael Boren this week documented an extreme but emblematic absurdity of the state's local government excesses: the six-man police department of Pine Valley (pop.
September 29, 2015 |
THERE ARE bound to be countless stories emanating from the pope's weekend visit. Most figure to last a lifetime. So why shouldn't one of them involve golf? It seems his holiness needed a way to get around the grounds at St. Charles Seminary, where he stayed during his time here. And it happened that a member of the Union League of Philadelphia, who prefers to remain unnamed, was part of the group responsible for helping bring Pope Francis to Philly. Since that organization recently purchased Torresdale-Frankford Golf Club in the Greater Northeast (now known as the Union League G.C. at Torresdale)
May 10, 2015 |
The words came out of the coxswain in a familiar litany. OK, Line it up ladies. We're going to take it outside. Let's run . . . let's take a step forward toward the river. Careful. Toward me. There was no drama, simply a shell being prepared for a race, same as any other, except this was Dad Vails. "You're going to use everything you know," Temple women's coach Rebecca Smith Grzybowski told her varsity eight. A few miles to the east, Temple's graduation commencement was due to start - almost to the minute if the ceremony began on time.
October 16, 2014 |
KICKING THE ball on the golf course was once just a way to unleash frustration after scoring above par. Now, it's how you play the game - FootGolf, that is. FootGolf, a mash-up of soccer and golf, challenges players to kick a regulation soccer ball into a 21-inch-round hole. Cobbs Creek Golf Course on Lansdowne Avenue started offering the sport about a month ago and hasn't even had an official opening yet (that's planned for spring). But while FootGolf may be new to Philadelphia, it's been growing internationally.
October 1, 2014 |
A Philadelphia Zoo employee was killed Monday morning after a golf cart apparently fell on him, police said. Zoo communications director Dana Lombardo said the man, whose identity authorities have not disclosed, was 59 and had been a mechanic for 14 years. His duties included working on the zoo's fleet of golf carts. It was unclear to police and zoo officials how the cart ended up on top of the mechanic. "Basically, we had a really traumatic incident happen here this morning," Lombardo said.
October 1, 2014 |
THE PHILADELPHIA Zoo's lone mechanic was killed in the zoo's garage yesterday when he was crushed by a golf cart that fell on top of him as he was repairing it, according to police and the man's co-workers. When Jim Borger, 57, a married father of three, didn't show up to a regularly scheduled meeting at 10 a.m. yesterday, his supervisor sent another employee to find him, according to a zoo co-worker who asked not to be identified. Borger was found under the golf cart in the garage at 11:08 a.m., police said.
August 20, 2014 |
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Two boys stood in line to use a Port-A-John when a golf cart puttered past. One squealed, "There she is!" His mother said, "Oh, look! It's Mo'ne! Mo'ne Davis!" A few yards farther, a father asked, "Mo'ne, can you stop for a picture?" "No," said the driver, before Mo'ne could answer. "We're late. " Davis was, in fact, late for the team dinner at a local chicken wing restaurant. Her Taney Dragons Little League team ate at the same chain during the regional tournament in Bristol, Conn., last week, and, well, baseball teams are superstitious.
July 19, 2014 |
Odds are 1 in 12,000 that a person will be struck by lightning in his or her lifetime. But if you find yourself in the shoes of David Bodkin-Parris, 14, who was hit by a bolt of bad luck Monday in Glenolden, it can change your life forever. Michael Utley knows this all too well. In May 2000, Utley, 63, was golfing in Cape Cod, Mass., when it happened. Rain and hail began to fall as the siren blared, alerting golfers to get off the course. Severe weather was coming. As Utley headed inside, a bolt hit him. "My buddies saw me fall to the ground," Utley said.
June 17, 2014 |
TOMMY LINEBERRY, a 59-year-old Wilmington, N.C., resident, has driven the golf cart for NBC golf expert Roger Maltbie during previous U.S. Opens at Pinehurst No. 2, according to golfweek.com, and had never gotten arrested on the course. But on Saturday, while waiting for Maltbie - who was walking with the final group of Martin Kaymer and Brendon Todd - to complete his on-course reporting on the 11th hole, Lineberry refused to heed the warning of a North Carolina state trooper and found himself in handcuffs.
June 13, 2013 |
It may be hush-hush at Merion Golf Club during the early practice rounds of the U.S. Open. But there was a growing buzz - sitting in the stands behind the fairways, shuffling down Golf House Road, standing at concessions where the chattiest of spectators were sipping brews before noon. Ah, the sweet sound of gossip. And it got louder as Thursday, the first day of tournament play, drew near. Some golfer - no one knows who, of course - rented one of the homes along the golf course for more than $40,000!