As a radio broadcaster for nearly 30 years here, I have had the great pleasure of not only working with, but also learning from, a trio of local sports legends who have all retired this year - Denny Grall, Jim Pinar and Dan Flynn.
Jim showed me that you don't need to scream to be an effective play-by-play guy. Dan showed me that "teaching moments" for student-athletes go far beyond the chalk lines, and Denny showed me how to get from the 600 block of Ludington to the Menominee gym in 39 minutes (Only kidding Denny). One of the highlights of my career, thus far, is when Denny joined me in the booth for the 1993 Class A regional where the Eskymos showed Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills that Yoopers can play hoops with the best of them.
I know the word "legend" gets tossed around too much these days, but it is indeed the appropriate word when describing Grall, Pinar and Flynn. Good luck men! Your contributions to the world of sports don't end here. They will be felt for a long time to come.
I have to remark on the Saturday article (Tee It Forward by Dennis Grall) regarding tee placement for amateur golfers. Making par is a huge challenge for me due to drives that never exceed 170 yards. My stroke for par is usually from off the green.
The common sense approach now sanctioned by the USGA will make my outings much more enjoyable.
There are several holes at Gladstone, where I am a member, that have a terrain that always require a third shot to the green.
Last night I experimented with tee placements and found the optimum distance for me to make reasonable scores. Getting a bit closer will give me a chance to make par but still require good technique and decisions.
I had a lot of fun and can't wait to get out again!
Thanks for a good article.