It was great day to be at a golf course Tuesday, a feeling shared by golfers, coaches and sports writers alike. We all agreed on one thing, it sure beats being back at the office or the classroom.
“What do they say, the best worse day of golf is better than the best day of work? I think that’s true,” PHS senior Zach Hicks said.
I asked Zach what his friends back at PHS thought about his day off school.
“They wished they would have played golf, too. That’s the perk,” he said.
“It’s pretty nice to not have class and know your friends are sitting there with your teachers,” PHS junior Ian “Shorty” Nichols said. “I had friends say they wished they could be there. I said, ‘Hey, you’ve got to try out for the golf team.’”
“I think it’s fun,” said PHS freshman Colby Robbins, who celebrated his 15th birthday at the golf course. “I like golf a lot, and since we’re out of school makes it even better.”
The perk for guys like me and coaches like Princeton’s Duane Price and Brian Blumhorst of Mendota, is that we get paid to watch kids play golf. Not a bad gig, if you can get it.
Blumhorst, the old Malden Musketeer, sure seemed to enjoy his day in the sun and got two golfers out of regional. Price got three and couldn’t be happier, even if he missed his students back in English class.
Now when’s that next golf meet?
Passing of history: I was saddened to hear of the passing of Bill Lamb. We sure lost a big piece of Princeton history with him. He was Mr. Princeton.
Bill was a good friend over the years. He was quite reserved, but once you got to know him, you found his sense of humor. When I’d asked him how he was doing, he undoubtedly would be quick to reply, “Not too well, can’t you tell.”
Bill was my go-to guy when I needed an old-time sports photo. He supplied me with many an action or team shot when I wrote stories about the Princeton Tiger state basketball teams of the mid-’50s. One of my favorite pictures was his shot capturing the Prouty Pandemonium when the Tigers beat Mendota for the sectional championship in 1992.
Former Tiger great Joe Ruklick said he was saddened by his loss.
“My memory of him as an artist, gentleman and journalist is a gift,” Ruklick, noting Bill’s skill for trick photographs.
He never really wanted to say how old he was, but I did get him to say what year he graduated from PHS. I could do the math.
He will be deeply missed.
Kevin Hieronymus is the BCR Sports Editor. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org