Lessons from Lynville

By ROBBIE ROBERTSON,
Notes, quotes and a thought or two while remembering when John Daly won the U.S. Open at Crooked Stick way back when….
 
I was driving my son to Jackson recently and he loves to listen to the Comedy Roundup on the Sirius radio.
One of the comedians was telling a story about playing youth baseball in the summer and how they had kept the same team together for years.
I remember those days very well. For me, it was Lynville, the most hated team at Northside Park. We were hated because we were the kids from Kemper County and were generally pretty good.
Those where the days when you got on one team and stayed with that team until you finished playing at the park, which was usually 15. Those were the days when men in the community coached just to be coaching. These were the days of little league dynasties.
If memory serves me correctly, my last year at the park was the end of that. The next year, they started to draft players in an effort to be fair. There’s that nasty four-letter word that has been the death of youth sports in America.
Now, everybody gets a trophy or a medal for participating and kids all play on tournament teams. And it doesn’t matter how good your kid is, if you have enough money, you can find somewhere to play.
Some of my favorite stories are from my days of playing ball with Lynville. It was league ball but it was pretty good. But those days are gone and all in the name of fairness and that’s a shame.
 
Ogletree’s putting coach
I’ll admit I’m somewhat of a golf addict. I don’t play as much as I used to but still love the game. I love it enough that I make sure I watch all of the majors on television. 
I’ve always loved The Masters and Augusta National. And I’ve always watched the U.S. Open and love the British Open. Let’s face it, if you will watch golf on television, you have to love it.
Of course, I laid up on the couch and watched this past weekend’s U.S. Open. It didn’t have the star power at the top but that was OK.
After the tournament, I ran into Andy Ogletree and his family at Newton and went over to speak to them.
While talking with them, Andy’s dad, Jim, told me that Andy’s putting coach was the same guy who coaches U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka. 
For those of you who think I write about Ogletree too often, just let that soak in. He’s working with the same guy, Jeff Pierce, who is coaching U.S. Open champions.
I firmly believe that 10 years from now we will be all watching Ogletree play golf on television. I also believe he’s the best athlete from Newton County in college at this moment. I also believe it’s only a matter of time before Ogletree is playing in the Masters. 
That’s my hope because that’s when I’ll finally get to Augusta. Trust me Andy, I’m pulling for you. 
Robbie Robertson is sports editor for The Newton County Appeal.