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Winter 2009 • Volume 15, Issue 1  

Sports Scene
Fine-tuned golf game | Fall sports wrap-up | Mavericks broadcaster BOB ORTEGEL ’62 credits BU | Sports Comm major coming to BU

 

Fine-tuned golf game

By JUSTIN PHELPS ’05

When GLENN PERDUE ’49 worked full time as a piano tuner and repairman, he wouldn’t put his golf clubs in his car on work days.

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Above, GLENN PERDUE ’49. Below, his “ugly” putter.

“If I would get a cancellation on tuning, I would have gone to play golf,” said Perdue, who started caddying in 1934 at age 9. “Instead, if I didn’t have the clubs, I would look for another tuning. I could always go into the stores. I just worked and played golf three days — Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.”

Now semi-retired, he’s still on the golf course a few times each week at age 83, and last summer he carded a score better than his age once again. Since the age of 66 when he shot a 66 at Newman Golf Course in Peoria, Perdue has recorded an 18-hole round matching or better than his age each year except one. A 71 or better at 71 years old is the only blemish preventing an 18-year streak.

He attributes much of his success to a well-worn putter. The bronze club head was a golden tool in his bag, despite his initial reaction to it. “My brother gave me this putter when I was 50,” said Perdue, who attended Bradley when it didn’t offer golf as a varsity sport. “I have a bunch of clubs in the house and a milk can full of putters. I put it down in the basement because it’s so ugly I couldn’t stand to look at it. It’s different. It’s the first of the triangular putters. Now they’ve got all kinds of them.”

It sat for two years. “I took it out one night to play a round with my daughter at Newman, and I knocked in everything I looked at,” said Perdue, who lives in Peoria with his wife Mari Lou and has four children, eight grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. “This putter was like a magic wand. I look at it now and wonder how I did that. The next day I shot a 67 at Newman and on that Sunday I shot a 68 with eight 3s with this putter.”

He has golfed with the same putter ever since and plans to keep using it. “I’m going for 104,” he said. “I don’t know if I’ll play that long, but I’ll keep playing until I can’t walk.”

 

Fall sports wrap-up

Soccer player GRANT CAMPBELL ’10 was named to the all-Missouri Valley Conference first team for the Braves, who finished 6-12-2 this season. TRAVIS ENGLISH ’10 and CHRIS CUTSHAW ’10 were selected to the second team and BRYAN GAUL ’12, BOBBY SMITH ’12, and CHRISTIAN MEZA ’12 were picked for the all-freshman team … The women’s golf team won the MVC Preview tournament in October by three shots over Drake. CAITLIN DEEKEN ’11 finished tied for third with a season-best round of 79 at the par-72 Lake Panorama National Golf Course near Des Moines … At the women’s tennis MVC Individual Championships, VERONICA WOJAKOWSKA ’12 and ERIN KRUBECK ’09 finished third in No. 3 doubles and EMILY REGENOLD ’10 and NICOLE MILLER ’11 finished fourth in No. 1 doubles … The volleyball team’s record was 6-24, 2-14 in the MVC, at press time.

 

Fine-tuned golf game | Fall sports wrap-up | Mavericks broadcaster BOB ORTEGEL ’62 credits BU | Sports Comm major coming to BU