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Notes: Sand Hills is ninth on Golf Magazine’s list of top U.S. courses

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Ben Crenshaw says in September’s Golf Magazine that he and design partner Bill Coore could never duplicate some of the features of Sand Hills Golf Club because “it is so entirely natural.”

Sand Hills, near Mullen, Neb., is ninth on the magazine’s 2013 Top 100 Courses in the U.S. list and 12th on its world list. National Golf Links of America, on Long Island, moved ahead of the Nebraska club on both lists.

“The setting and the environs there are so unusual in this country,” Crenshaw said, “and in a lot of respects it was our most fortunate situation to work with. The thing that we’re probably proudest about is that it gave people a notion that you could build successful golf courses in remote places.”

Coore and Crenshaw have designed 23 golf courses. Three are on Golf Magazine’s world list, or 13 percent. Only two architects have a better success rate, David McLay Kidd at 16.7 percent (2 of 12) and Tom Doak at 13.8 percent (4 of 29, including eastern Colorado’s Ballyneal at No. 75, up four spots).

The three architects with the most designs and no top-100 recognition are Gary Player (0 of more than 300), Arnold Palmer (O of 237) and Tom Fazio (0 of 199).

Chadron seeks women golfers

Chadron State College women’s golf coach Terri Connealy posted on the Eagles’ athletic website that any female students interested in playing women’s golf contact her to arrange a tryout.

Connealy, who is entering her fourth year at Chadron State, said she has scholarships available. She can be reached at 308-432-3794 or taconnealy@csc.edu.

Proficient amputee to visit

Mike Reeder, a double amputee who carries a golf handicap of 9, will attend this week’s fifth annual Omaha Amputee Golf Association scramble and individual tournament at Council Bluffs Country Club. The scramble, open to the public, is Friday and the tournament (nine- and 18-hole divisions) is Friday through Sunday.

Reeder, from Franklin, Tenn., two years ago was the first American wheelchair golfer to play the Old Course at St. Andrews. The Missouri native lost both legs below the knee in a booby-trap explosion in Vietnam in 1970.

The OAGA activities raise money for a college scholarship fund for amputees and their families. For more information, contact OAGA President Dale Stogdill at 712-215-1750 or Treasurer Joe Predmore at 402-660-1713.

The national amputee tournament, held last week at Wilderness Ridge in Lincoln, saw Josh Williams of Kitchener, Ontario, repeat as men’s champion and Kim Moore of South Bend, Ind., take the women’s title for the 11th consecutive year.

Chip shots

» Haley Thiele of Wahoo, the only Nebraskan to make the cut at the Trusted Choice Big I national finals, was 12th in the girls division.

» The Breakfast Optimist Club’s 22nd annual Family Golf Event, for teams consisting of one youth (ages 8 to 16) and one adult of Omaha, will be 9 a.m. Saturday (registration at 8:30 a.m.) at Milt’s Golf Center, 6402 Q St. Entry fee is $20 per team. Contact Gregg Dress at gddress@yahoo.com.

» Another Saturday fundraiser is the third annual HereForBeer Classic at 2 p.m. at Stone Creek. It benefits the Race for the Cure. Entry fee is $300 for a foursome. Information: hereforbeer.com.

» Friday at noon is the inaugural Strategic Legacy Advisor Charity Golf Classic at Platteview Country Club, benefiting Husker Hope. Ex-NU football player Joel Makovicka formed the charity to financially aid children with traumatic brain injuries. Contact: robert.kment@5pointsbank.com.

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