McCollum’s Column: Memorabilia and interesting golf tidbits

We’ll begin with some weird souvenirs in this latest batch of “David Citations” for the interesting, weird and just plain zany in sports:

 

Just make sure it doesn’t have three leaves: The Chicago Cubs are selling a leaf from the 2016 ivy at Wrigley Field in commemoration of last year’s World Series Championship. $200 per leaf. Only 2,016 leaves will be available.

Or something more watered down: For $79.99, a fan can purchase a small, clear Stanley Cup model with a portion of the melted ice from the arena to celebrate the Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup championship.

Wonder what a piece of fescue from his club would bring: Justin Thomas fired a 9-under round Saturday, the best ever in relation to par, in a U.S. Open.

Best U.S. Open carnage: The top three professional golfers in the world (Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day) failed to make the cut for the U.S. Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin, the first time that has happened since the ranking system began in 1986. Eight of the 12 top players failed to make the cut.

Biggest golfing splash: Going into this year’s event, there have been 4,984 balls hit in the water since 2003 at the TPC Southwind course at the FedEx tournament in Memphis, far more than on any course on the PGA Tour. The number passed 5,000 this year.

Best job of riding along in a golf cart and winning a prize: Former UCA Sugar Bear basketball coach Ron Marvel and myself, who finished second in the first flight of the Harry T. Hall AIC tournament with a 54 at the greens at Nutters Chapel. For transparency, Marvel and I made a couple of key putts, but we didn’t need to do much since we were teamed with former U.S. Senior Amateur champ Stan Lee and his former coach at Heber Springs, Richard Whybrew. And at 74, Whybrew, a former star athlete at Hendrix, hit as many of brilliant shots as Lee. It was a pleasure to ride along and witness guys with special golf skills strike the ball.

A father better than par: Phil Mickelson passing up the U.S. Open to attend the graduation ceremony of his daughter, Amanda, who was valedictorian of her class.

 

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