Couples, Montgomerie join Golf Hall of Fame

Couples, Montgomerie join Golf Hall of Fame


About the only thing Fred Couples and Colin Montgomerie had in common was a golf swing they could trust for a lifetime.

Couples became the first American to reach No. 1 in the world and won the Masters by a blade of grass that kept his ball from trickling into Rae’s Creek. Montgomerie found fame on the European Tour, where he won the Order of Merit a record seven times in a row, though he never won a major, a glaring hole in his credentials.

Couples sauntered down the fairways, the essence of cool. Montgomerie walked with his head down, never looking like was having much fun.

They shared the stage Monday night when both were inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, along with three others in the Class of 2013. The others were former U.S. Open champion and broadcaster Ken Venturi, former European Tour executive director Ken Schofield and two-time British Open champion and architect Willie Park Jr.

That brings the Hall of Fame to 146 members.

Couples was elected on the PGA Tour ballot ahead of Mark O’Meara and Davis Love III, both of whom either won more tournaments or more majors. Couples received only 51 percent of the vote, a record low for the PGA Tour ballot. It takes 65 percent to get elected, though there is a loophole that if no one gets 65 percent, one player is elected provided he receives at least 50 percent.

Warren JFK claims Diocesan tennis title

The Warren JFK tennis team won the Youngstown Diocesan tennis league title with a 4-0 record, defeating Cardinal Mooney, Ursuline, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Canton Central Catholic.

In addition, JFK hosts University School in the semifinals of the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association team tournament Northeast District.

Brookfield plans dedication for track


Brookfield High School will dedicate its new all-weather eight-lane track with a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 15 at 4 p.m.

The dedication ceremony will be followed by the first meet on the new track at 4:30 p.m. against Youngstown Christian.

Local wrestlers do well at state wrestling meet

Drew Fairbanks (Austintown), Andy Garr (Canfield) and Luke Scheetz (New Middletown) participated in the Ohio Schoolboy/girl State Greco Freestyle Wrestling Championships held recently Dayton.

Drew Fairbanks finished in first place in Greco Style and Freestyle and qualified to be a member of Team Ohio. Team Ohio members will wrestle in the Schoolboy/girl National Duals in Indianapolis in June.

Garr finished in second place in Greco Style and Freestyle and Scheetz placed fifth in Greco Style.

Young golfers shine at US KIDS event

Several area youngsters did well during a US KIDS golf event Sunday at Chenoweth Golf Club in Akron.

Hadley Spielvogel of Boardman was second in the girls 12-14 age division with a 115 score. Madison Horvath of New Middletown finished third in the girls 10-11 with a score of 44.

On the boys side, Conner Stevens of Brookfield was third among 11-year-olds with a score of 85 and Ethan Hoffman of Warren was second among 9-year-olds with a score of 62.

Autopsy reveals cause of runner’s death


Authorities say a runner who collapsed and died during the half-marathon competition of the Pittsburgh Marathon had an inherited abnormality of the coronary artery system.

The Allegheny County medical examiner’s office said an autopsy Monday on the body of 23-year-old Kyle Johnson of Pittsburgh revealed the abnormality in the system that supplies oxygen to the muscles of the heart.

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