Rucks drains 2 aces in only three rounds
Two aces in one summer. Go figure.
Somehow it happened. Sue Rucks made a hole in one her first time out this season -- on June 14 at Eagle Creek Golf Club. She did it again on July 12, only her third time out this summer.
Rucks started playing golf in 2000.
"After the kids graduated, I figured I had to start playing golf if I wanted to spend more times with my husband," said the Director of Imaging for Willmar Medical Services, a joint venture of Rice Hospital and the ACMC.
She and Neal moved to Willmar in 1985. Sue claims no hometown. "My dad was a career officer in the Marines," she explained. "We moved a lot."
On June 14, she used a three-wood to ace No. 2 from 141 yards while golfing with Neal. She shot a 46 that day.
"Very unusual," she said. "I never play that well."
Four weeks later, in a threesome with Neal and daughter Kim, who was visiting from Dallas, Sue came to the sixth green - a 123-yard shot, from the red tees, over water.
She banged a 5-wood straight at the pin.
Sue admits she is slightly nearsighted, but her daughter saw the ball clearly as it hit in front of the green and rolled.
Kim started laughing. "Mom, I think it went in," said Kim.
"I said, 'No, I think it went by,' " Sue related.
When they got to the green, the ball was no where to be seen.
"Then I started laughing," said Sue.
Summer lightning had struck again. It was in the cup,
"I haven't been out since," she said. "Now I feel some pressure to get one in August."
And how about Neal, an avid golfer? He scored an ace from 170 yards away in October, 2007, at the Headwaters in Park Rapids. But in a month's time he has been caught and passed by someone in his own household.
Willmar football gets started July 27-30 with a non-mandatory mini-camp at the high school fields. Formal drills and conditioning begins late this year, on Aug. 17.
The high school league allows coaches to run a summer session with their varsity team for a limited amount of time, but any session must wrap up by Aug. 1.
Speaking by phone from his home in Owatonna, new football coach Jon Konold is hoping for a good turnout for the 8-11:30 a.m. workouts. There's no guessing how many boys will show, but he can expect about 100 players (9-12) come fall.
The mini-camp, with pads, will be especially useful for Konold and his assistant coaches - all holdovers from the staff of former coach Ken Heitzman. A new offense is being implemented.
It's the same offense that Konold directed at Mankato West as the Scarlets offensive coordinator.
He described it as "a version of the spread that is run from the shotgun set the majority of the time with two, one or no running backs."
The Cardinals will use multiple formations to keep the opposing defense guessing, but the head coach said there will be a limited number of plays.
"The idea is to play fast and aggressive," he said. "It may look complex, but it's really very simple; the running plays will remain the same whatever the formation."
He forecasts a 60/40 balance of run to pass.
He's been meeting with his staff once a week to relate the new offensive system.
Konold said he will be the offensive coordinator and work specifically with running backs and quarterbacks.
He listed the following responsibilities: Bob Bezdicek, defensive coordinator, defensive line; Steve Grove, linebackers; Doug Doering, offensive line; Jon Gubrud, secondary, sophomore defensive coordinator; Jason Schwab, wide receivers, sophomore offensive coordinator.
Konold said sophomores will practice with the varsity under their position coach.
"Instead of having just two coaches," said the native of Minneota and Concordia College graduate, "(The sophomores) will have their own position coach (offense and defense). They can learn more this way."
Konold and his wife, Meghan, and infant daughter plan to move here in early August to a home they are buying near Roosevelt Elementary. He will teach math at the junior high. Meghan works for Hormel and will transfer to their office in Spicer.
Among the best
Roy Nelson, a member of the Cardinal Pride Hall of Fame, is receiving hospice care at home in New London. He's been fighting prostrate cancer for several years. It has now spread into the bone marrow.
"A lot of people are praying for me," he told me after he picked up the phone.
His voice is weaker than a week ago when we visited. He mentioned he had a setback a week ago.
"It's something you live with; whatever happens will happen ... I'm a very happy man," he continued. "I don't worry about anything. I just get up in the morning and look on the bright side. I'm getting wonderful care."
Roy was a three-sport athlete who was one of the stars on the Cardinal basketball team that went 25-1 and finished third in the state tournament at Williams Arena in March of 1954.