Niagara Gazette


July 14, 2013

RUGGIERO: In search of golf's "perfect round"


Niagara Gazette — Those helped by the Missions are our neighbors and friends. Goodness knows, we all need a hug or a boost from time to time. I’ll challenge my readers to donate your time or money to this worthy cause. Anyone willing to work toward a better life can be given the opportunity to do so with your help.

How about committing to a buck a birdie or, better yet, a buck a bogey to those currently less fortunate than us. For more information on Community Missions, my readers can contact the agency at 285-3403. Tell them Ken sent you.

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During the numerous charity golf outings that take place each season in our area, you will find certain holes that are manned by salespeople offering you to try their product at no charge. The 7th hole at Hickory, an elevated 190-yard par-three, was staffed by personnel from the golf division of Dixon Earth.

Among their eco-friendly products includes a biodegradable golf ball and a bamboo golf hat. Seriously. Did you know that it is estimated that over 300 million golf balls are “discarded” in the United States each year. I can believe it. I know players who “discard” a golf ball every two or three holes during their round, usually into a creek or a lake or the woods.

As the company illustrates, there are enough golf balls abandoned each season that a straight line of these orphaned spheres placed side by side would stretch from Los Angeles, California to London, England. That’s a lot of golf balls!

The bamboo golf caps are made from a blend of bamboo and cotton. They are not chemically treated and they are 100 percent recyclable. Whether you are a green-leaning liberal linksman or an open-minded Bambi-loving conservative, the Dixon product line might be worth looking into. Speaking of which, I wonder if they’ll ever come up with biodegradable computers. Or politicians.

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