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Your Houston Astros are division champs and your Houston Texans are 1-1, which is not bad, all things considered. Most importantly, your Houston Rockets are now owned by your hometown guy Tilman Fertitta, who will settle for nothing less than offering the best product on the NBA market. But …

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The Clash of the Causeway has been waged, and firefighters and law enforcement types have duked it out in the ring for charity. The Aggies have won one barely and lost one squarely, while the Longhorns lost one that resembled a track meet and won one that was more like a track meet with only…

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The water has, in most areas of the county, receded; the sun has been shining, traffic is flowing — at times and in certain areas sluggishly. The mosquitoes are making a nuisance of themselves. Many area high school golfers are taking advantage of the delayed return to the classroom by worki…

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Epic is a wonderfully descriptive word if being used in reference to a new Callaway driver. Epic is nothing less than ominous, however, when used to describe the deluge and flooding recently descended upon our area.

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The long, hot summer continues to burn. If you and your group feel like a change of scenery for no other reason than to temporarily convince yourself that this is not the hottest summer ever, load up the clubs and head to The Wilderness.

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Faster than both a speeding bullet and former “fastest man on earth” Usain Bolt, the results of the PGA Championship popped into my gmail box. By now, almost everything that can be said of what late last Sunday became a very interesting final major of 2017 has been said. But not quite; so read on.

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It has not yet happened, but most assuredly will — and soon. Just like the next episode of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, I never know when “it” is coming; I just know that “it” will.

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The “Discover Dickinson” ad in this very newspaper (Come out and play at Chaparral) said it better than I could: “Serving Galveston County since 1970, Chaparral Golf Course is fun for the whole family. This beautiful nine-hole course features a luxuriously landscaped fairway.”

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The 146th Open Championship is in the books, and Jordan Spieth is bringing the claret jug to his home state, Texas. Spieth is not the first Texan to win the Open, but he is quickly gaining on the “Wee Ice Mon” Ben Hogan as the most popular.

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If you like good music, then the place to be this Friday is the Moody Gardens Golf Course. If you like freshly prepared and delicious seafood, then go out to Moody Gardens Golf Course this Friday. If you’d like to turn a $20 investment into $250, $500 or even $1,000 — Moody Gardens Golf Cour…

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If you have an Aggie golf buddy with whom you like to share a post-round Corona (with a slice of lime), the Longhorns have dealt you yet another blow: Corona has been named their official beer.

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“Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet, they go together in the good ol’ USA” was a jingle in a TV commercial which my memory told me was from the late 1950s or early ’60s. Turns out my memory was about a decade off; the commercial ran from 1974-1976. Moreover, it had absolutely nothin…

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I’ll bet that PGA star Jordan Spieth’s mother has told him a thousand times in his 23 years to stop wiping his mouth on his shirt collar (BTW, he is now the second-youngest player in post World War II history to have won 10 PGA Tour events).

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Patrick Gallaher is a retired, Auburn University-educated engineer with a single-digit golf handicap. He bleeds non-Texas-like orange and actually believes that SEC football of today can hold a candle to the Southwest Conference power of the 1960s.

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The first U.S. Open Golf Championship was played in October 1895, on a nine-hole course in Newport, R.I. The winner was an Englishman named Horace Rawlins, and he received a $50 golf medal along with $150 cash. This year the winner will receive a check for more than $2.1 million. It all offi…

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I don’t know whether Gary P. Nunn plays golf, but he mostly puts up a heck of a western show. Some might recall he wrote, “London Homesick Blues,” a little ditty, which helped Jeff Walker’s career, who is well worth the price of admission when he annually performs at the 1894 Grand Opera House.

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“No more pencils no more books; no more teacher’s dirty looks; out for summer, out till fall — we might not come back at all” sang Alice Cooper back in 1972.

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Phabulous Phil Mickelson’s latest philm undertaking shows him hawking West Virginia’s Greenbrier Resort and its surrounding environs. The Greenbrier offers golf, first and foremost — along with many other relaxing pursuits and even a course in falconry.

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As surely as J.J. Watt won his own home run derby event at Minute Maid Park the other day, I shall in a few months renew my faith in his ability to inspire and lead the Houston Texans to the 2018 Super Bowl. Meanwhile, I will not expend a lot of energy in an attempt to understand how a softb…

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Former Ball High School golf standout Jordan Kleinecke (class of 2016), now attending the University of St. Thomas, continues to impress with his dedication to both his education and golf.

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With the NFL Draft just barely in the rear view mirror (congratulations to those lads from La Marque and Texas City who move on to football’s highest level), and a local team called the Chargers still in pursuit of a championship, a football-golf blend is a natural.

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Wesley Bryan won the Heritage tournament on Sunday, putting lots of greenbacks ($1.17 million) into his bank account and qualifying him for an attempt to put a green jacket onto his shoulders at the 2018 Masters.

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In the end, El Nino — the boy, as he was for so long known — became The Man. He won it with a birdie, which had to make it feel better than with par, which was all he needed on the final, playoff hole.

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Barrels upon barrels of ink will summarize the first three rounds of the 81st Masters in newspapers around the world today. Barrels upon barrels more will be used to guess how the final round will unfold, reminding us that the real tournament begins on the back nine of the final round.

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As he climbed the leaderboard, the television coverage focused more on Thomas Pieters’ second round at the Masters. Tied for the lead by day’s end with Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia and first-round leader Charley Hoffman, the Masters rookie seemed not at all surprised by his position.

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Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Bill Payne carefully, gently folded the green jacket of Arnold Palmer, placing it on the back of the chair — the throne where a year ago the king sat, his failing health having rendered him unable to strike the ceremonial first shot at the 2017 Masters.

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I promised to not write about him until he did something worth writing about. He has done a couple of things which influenced professional golf this week, and one that is interesting and might or might not matter in 100 years.

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Shell’s final year of Houston Open sponsorship is coming to an earlier than anticipated end today in anticipation of inclement weather. Players will play from both the first and 10th tees, starting at 7:15 a.m. Assuming there is no playoff, the whole thing should be wrapped up by high noon.

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It is Tuesday at the Shell Houston Open (SHO) and I have found my assigned spot at the media center. I glance across the aisle to see that Greg Moore from Golf WRX is going to be my neighbor.

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The Shell Houston Open (SHO) begins play this Thursday at The Golf Club of Houston. This is the last year that Shell will serve as title sponsor for the event, marking the end to a long and successful run which now produces as strong a field as any PGA Tour regular season event; five of the …

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My brother-in-law Mark does not play golf. His older brother used to and for a short while dated a lovely young woman whose family actually owned their own nine-hole layout a couple of hours away. I really hoped they would marry and live happily ever after, but they did neither.

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First, you make a roux. That’s what I was thinking as I ordered my cup of gumbo at Bubba’s on the Gulf Freeway at FM 518. I was there to meet Rick Ansell and his buddies Tom and Chris to talk about the 11th annual Brotherhood of St. Andrews golf tournament.

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The days are passing as quickly as a line from a John Denver tune. Soon, we will reset our clocks as a new season is upon us. That makes for a welcomed longer golf day.

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Bill Marshall, Les Flynn, Charlie Campbell and Ron Beesley teamed for a 65 to win last week’s senior scramble at Bayou Golf Club.

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While the Patriots of New England were celebrating in snowy Boston last Monday, Galveston’s Ball High Tornados were hosting their Beginners Spring Classic in summerlike weather.

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Arguably the best sight at Super Bowl LI was the presence of former President George H.W. Bush, who, according to members of his Secret Service detail, used to play what they referred to as “aerobic golf.”

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Readers of a certain vintage might recall (Stuart) King Hill, who was born in Hamilton, Texas, played high school football at Brazosport High and was an All-American quarterback who led the Rice Owls to a Southwest Conference title in 1957.

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As the Pittsburgh Steelers’ PAT (aka extra point) moved sharply left to right and the Miami Dolphins watched their last possible hope for a miracle comeback sink like a deflated Tom Brady football last Sunday, I thought of two things. I would have thought of three things, but feared I might …

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Each year as the magic of the season takes over my brain, I am overcome with an urge to offer up poetry; this year is no different, so here I go!

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In this season of buying and giving and getting and returning, let us pause to appreciate contributions loyal readers make to this weekly endeavor.

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John Kusnerik fired a career best 76 to lead teammates Aiden Knupple, Ian Carroll, Drew Mefferd and Nick Zompa to a 10th place finish in the Clear Lake Boys JV Winter Classic last week.