In his book “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry,” Neil deGrasse Tyson asserts: “The clash between gravity and quantum mechanics poses no practical problem for the contemporary universe.”
Tyson also allows that the universe is under no obligation to make sense to us. Fifty-two pages into his book, which is dedicated “for all those who are too busy to read fat books, yet nonetheless seek a conduit to the cosmos,” I got a headache and suspended my reading.
One week later and after watching the Astros claim the American League Championship, I have concluded that Tyson might well be the Casey Stengel (Google it) of astrophysics — which means that if one repeats his words over and over, eventually they will make perfectly good sense!
I’d love to hear the late (1975) great baseball manager and the very much alive astrophysicist discuss the golf swing. This is a golf column; nonetheless: GO ASTROS!
BACK ON EARTH
Clear Creek golf coach Dan Brown’s Wildcats are defying a little gravity of their own, having launched enough controllable spheroids to win the team title and three individual medals at a nine-school event at Atascocita Golf Club.
Hunter Drotts (74) and Sean Murphy (74) tied for medalist honors, with Drotts winning a scorecard playoff. Andrew Pearson was third. Trey Ponce and Cole Stock turned in fine supporting rounds.
On Oct. 19, the Ball High Tors varsity boys team took third place in the Channelview Fall Classic at River Terrace Golf Club, with Aiden Knupple finishing in ninth place among 45 players. Bailey Premirelli finished in 10th place; Colin Davidson (11th), Micah Hanning (13th) and Drew Mefferd (16th) contributed to the high team finish.
Clear Creek Coach Kayla Williamson’s freshman girls continue to improve, already having garnered a first and a second-place finish in their first two outings of the season. Individual honors of 2nd Medalist and 3rd Medalist have been won by Kayla Pfeiffer and Ashley Pfeiffer.
GOING MASTERS GREEN
Eight area youngsters were recently crowned national finalists in drive, chip and putt competition and have been invited to the fifth annual Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club, just prior to the 2018 Masters tournament.
Raylee Bosley, of Friendswood won the girls age 7-9 division by a whopping 17-point margin and is hoping to see Jordan Spieth next spring. Raylee dedicated her win to her grandmother, Alice Davis.
Danica Lundgren of Austin (girls age 10-11), Allyn Stephens (girls age 12-13) from Houston and defending champion (girls age 14-15) Jackie Feldman, also from Austin will also compete at Augusta National.
Dylan Knox of Dallas (age 7-9), Wyatt Nickson of Abilene (age 10-11) and Treed Huang of Katy (age12-13) will represent Texas in the boys’ competition. Drive, Chip, Putt competitors amass a maximum of 75 points in each skill, with three tries at each having a potential value of 25 points.
The competition, founded in 2013, is a nationwide, free competition created by the Masters Tournament, USGA and PGA of America and is aimed at growing the game of golf.
Senior scramblers were back in action at Bayou Golf Club last week as Marc Napier, Paul Gonzales, badge buddy Charlie Totty and Roger Herndon scorched the course with a 57 for a two shot win over Ray Summers, Bill Blakely, Loren Lance and Ray Walker.
Those of us who have yet to experience the thrill of an official hole-in-one do not continuously suffer psychological effects; however, if we witness someone else’s “ace,” it’s a reminder to us of the cruelty of the golf gods.
Reading about “one” by a stranger generally causes us neither physical nor psychological discomfort; but the following as reported by Sports Illustrated is a head-shaker.
Up in Indiana, where the Hoosiers last Saturday squandered a football upset bid, a retired banker recently made three holes-in-one in the span of 32 days. The first ace was made with a 5-iron from 156 yards; the second came three days later with a 138-yard 8-iron; and the third was scored from 126 yards with a 9-iron.
The kicker? All three aces were made on the same hole! Chuck Combs is the golfer’s name, and he has a total of FOUR holes-in-one. If ever you visit Carmel, Indiana, look him up and offer our congratulations.
Be safe, on and off the course.