June 22, 2018
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It’s time to tee off; 3 men share best, worst golf experiences

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

It is that time of year again.

Winter has hopefully reared its ugly head for the last time so it’s time to enjoy the opportunities the good weather provides for us.

At the top of the list for many is the pursuit of the little white ball that can both humble us and supply us with a moment of ecstasy.

Three men getting ready to tee off at the Bangor Municipal Golf Course were asked to recall their best golf experience as well as their worst.

Jim Mullen of Brewer: “My best experience was playing the Rio Secco Golf Club in Las Vegas. That’s where Butch Harmon, Tiger Woods’ former [swing] coach, has his golf school. It is a spectacular course and gets very little play.”

“My worst experience was about 10 years ago. A group of us played at the Bass River Golf Course on the Cape [Cod] and it was spitting snow, there were high winds and it was wet. We almost froze to death.”

Michael O’Hara of Bangor: “My best was the hole-in-one on the 11th hole at Bangor Muni. It was 1978. My worst was playing Sable Oaks in South Portland. It was the hardest course I’ve ever played in my life. There were ditches and layups and I didn’t know where to hit the ball because I didn’t know the course. And the greens were so fast. I think I shot a 102 or something like that. I enjoyed it but it was tough.”

Jeff Murdy of Bangor: “My favorite golf experience was the time I played Pinehills Golf Club [Plymouth, Mass.]. I was with a great group of guys [Jim Mullen, Frank Jordan and Scott Gray] and it was a beautiful course. My worst experience was one of the first times I played. I had to tee it up [on the first hole] in front of 30 people waiting for me. There was a lot of fear.”

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