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August 3rd, 2011
Antlers Springs Golf Course is closing.
I hate it but there is no other course of action. We barely make enough to mow, much less make improvements. Without local support we cannot continue.
There are few people coming into the game and many people giving it up for various reasons. I talk to people regularly who say that they havenâ€™t played in a couple of years or more. These people used to play avidly.
Push County lost Nashoba Valley Golf Course a few years ago due to the same reasons. I know how Lee Helmke felt and it is not a good feeling.
On July 30, members of the Pushmataha County Sportsman Club competed in a bass tournament on Hugo Lake. Once again, temperatures reached above one hundred degrees. The extended heat wave we have been experiencing has caused the surface temperature of the lake water to reach the mid-nineties. This excessive warm water has apparently caused the bass to become sluggish and slowed the bite down considerably.
The Antlers High School Cheerleaders attended a National Cheerleading Association (NCA) cheer camp at OSU in Stillwater July 17 - 20.Â After lots of hard work and dedication, the squad earned several awards.Â Eight of the ten cheerleaders were nominated for the All-American Team. Out of those eight, three were chosen. They were: Cara Blansett, Marlee Williams, and Cheyenne Owens.Â
I read an interesting article in a golf industry magazine the other day. The article was dealing with the fact that the game of golf has not grown since 2000.
The two main reasons are (1) time to play the game and (2) frustration with the game.
Frustration centers on the fact that most people can't break 100 on a par 72 course, that the came is too tough and therefore no fun.
The other reason, time, is associated with the course. Too many people looking for golf balls. Trying to negotiate a course that is too long or the greens are too fast or too hard to read.
A graduate of Antlers High School recently participated in The 2011 Native All-Star Game which was played on Saturday, July 9, 2011 in Denton, TX. Colton Maynard, a 2011 graduate of Antlers High School, suited up to be a member of the Red Hawks team.
Twenty-four members of the Pushmataha County Sportsman Club competed in their annual Noon to Noon Bass Tournament held on July 16 and 17. The tournament was held on McGee Creek Lake and started at 12:00 noon on Saturday and ended at 12:00 noon on Sunday. A weigh-in was held at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night.
Orginizers have been working hard for a couple of months now to get the word out and getting guys signed up to play in High School Alumni Football games.Â This proves to be an amazing opportunity former athletes to get to play full contact football again, as well as represent tradition, comradery, and their hometown.Â
The games have been postponed until the fall to give the teams a little more time to get signed up and for the games to build some traction, and excitement.Â Over all 64 guys around the area have signed up.Â
I was out and about early this morning and couldnâ€™t help but notice how beautiful everything looks at that time of the day. Things change drastically around noon. Iâ€™ll sure be glad when we get through this drought.
We had some play during the morning over the weekend. We had one group that finished play around 3 p.m. and they were worn out due to the heat.
It is definitely recommended that folks get in their golf in the mornings or later in the evening.
On July 11, 2011 a new lake record was made for Broken Bow Lake. The fish, was a 1.2 lb Sunfish that was caught in the Carson Creek Area by a little girl by the name of Maysa Weeks of Rufe.
Weeks was using a Shimano reel with a falcon rod using hard bait/plugs with the bait casting method. The fish was weighed alive and was 11.5â€ť long and had a girth of 11â€ť. Weeks also decided to keep the catch after it was recorded at the Frontier General Store.
Rattan Junior High School student athletes, Conner Copeland, 7th grade, Gage Haddox, 7th grade, and Jordan Haddox, 8th grade, attended the OU individual skills basketball camp at Lloyd Noble Center on the OU campus on June 13-15. The three received individual instruction from current and former NBA players as well as many current and former OU players and the OU coaching staff.