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Oglesby: Golf teams bag 2 state trophies, with more likely to come

POSTED: May 22, 2012 1:00 a.m.

The good, bad and indifferent, all is part of life. I’ve been on a roller coaster ride on them all the past week or so.

I’ve lived in all parts of Georgia and been in every single county but never had heard of the small hamlet of Keysville, site of the Applewood Country Club where the state high school girl’s golf championship was played.

I decided to surprise my granddaughter, Morgan Reece, who led the Gainesville High girls to the state championship while over in Augusta. The GHS boys, led by Park Brown, also won the state championship.

I arrived at Applewood on Monday morning May 7 about 15 minutes ahead of the GHS bus and just sat in the car. When the bus arrived, they all sat in it for 15 minutes or so. I guess Coach McDonald was talking to them.

The girls finally got out and went to the back of the bus to get their bags. When I saw Morgan coming, I walked to my front bumper. About halfway, Morgan spotted me and ran to me nearly crying, hugging my neck and thanking me for coming to root for her. I rooted hard and wish I could say it motivated her, but in reality it was her talent.

In high school golf, four girls play but only the two top scores combined count. On the first hole, she got a birdie plus a few more, including on No. 18 in scoring an 80, low score for Gainesville. Her good friend and my neighbor just down the street, Meg Callahan, shot an 86.

Their combined winning score was 86, several shots ahead of the runners-up. Morgan also won second-place individual low score behind only a girl on a team not in the top three.

Both teams were honored in Gov. Nathan Deal’s office last week and will be honored again on May 22 at a local banquet.

This bodes very well for Gainesville High boys and girls. With the consistent top scorers on both teams shooting as they do, and two more years before graduation to get even better, wow.

In addition, the rules have been changed for next year. The top three winners’ combined score will count instead of two. Wow, again.

On Wednesday following the tournament I went to my dentist to have a cap that had broken off below the gum line pulled so a new one could be made and added to my dentures. After deadening, every time my dentist got out what I call the “pliers” as she tried to pull it. It would break off leaving smaller and smaller pieces.

Finally she had to chisel it out piece by piece, about two hours total. Talk about sore and swollen gums! When I went back the next day for new dentures, my gums were so swollen the dentures wouldn’t fit. They’re OK now.

While a clear majority of Americans endorsed President Barack Obama’s declaration of support for same sex marriage, it outraged social conservatives. The Holy Bible makes clear that homosexuality is sinful. Personally I believe what people do privately is their own business.

That Bible also says that marriage should be between man and woman. I have several homosexual friends, most active in their churches, all extremely talented, though none I know are “married” to other homosexuals. There are many “married” couples raising children lovingly. I have no problem with what they do privately.

Everyone should have a will. Each can provide for the other this way. Personally, I believe what people do privately is their own business provided they abide by the axiom, “One has a right to swing a fist, but that right ends at the other fellow’s nose.”

Ted Oglesby is retired associate and opinion page editor of The Times. You can reach him at P.O. Box 663, Gainesville, GA 30503. His column, in its 54th year, appears biweekly on Tuesdays and at


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