Turnovers … by Alan B. Gibson

Posted April 16, 2014 at 2:17 pm

The Masters is over – it’s time to get outside

With the exception of three events – college basketball especially during March Madness, The Masters golf tournament and the Kentucky Derby, I’m not much on watching sporting events on TV.

My thoughts are why watch someone else play and have fun, when I can be outside having more fun myself.

But with college basketball now over, the second of my three allowable television watching events came and went this past weekend, and I’ll have to say the televised action Saturday and Sunday was some of the best golf I’ve ever watched – both the tournament as well as the special productions that surrounded the tournament.

Hats off to Bubba Watson for winning his second green jacket with a three-shot margin. Hats off also to the “kid’ – American Jordan Spieth, who finished with a total of -5 for a second place tie with Jonas Blixt of Sweden.

Watching basketball makes me want to air it up and hit the driveway, and last weekend’s Master’s made me want to scrub the old clubs up and head down to 76 Falls Country Club.

In a few weeks, watching and getting ready for the Kentucky Derby will make me want to head to the racetrack and place a few bets.

Good thing I don’t like Nascar – probably couldn’t afford the speeding tickets. Besides that, I like to turn to the right every once in awhile.

Local scene – plenty of spring sports action

Little League kicks off this weekend

On the local scene, our high school spring athletes are out on a near daily basis – when it isn’t snowing, with matches on the tennis courts as well as games on the two diamonds.

Check out the parking lot at the high school in the afternoons – if there are lots of cars around, likely there is some spring sports action to be enjoyed.

On an added note, an additional front page article this week gives the schedule for opening day events slated for this Saturday at Mountain View Rec Park in relation to the kick-off of this year’s Youth League – commonly referred to as Little League baseball season.

I’ve said it many times in this space, but I’ll say it again. Speaking from experience that came several years ago, those of you who are working to keep this program alive – it’s a thankless job that more often gets your butt chewed out from angry parents who are convinced that their little Johnny or Jill is being mistreated – but in the long run, it’s one of the most rewarding things you will ever do.

I can still remember – if we could have just played ball with the kids, and locked the parents out, what a great time everyone would have had.

Thanks – for all you do and keep up the good work!