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Category: American Lake

June
15th

Nicklaus makes quick stop at American Lake golf course

Joe Barrentine/Staff photographer

Roy Ranslow waited for the man regarded by many as the best to ever play golf to emerge at the American Lake Veterans Golf Course today.

Jack Nicklaus, the Golden Bear himself, was visiting the Lakewood course to help chart its future. He donated the services of his design team for the nine-hole-course’s expansion to 18 holes. He is also honorary co-chair of the committee trying to raise $3 million to pay for the project.
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June
15th

Jack Nicklaus wows crowd with swings, smile

Jack Nicklaus flashed a silky swing, charm and a smile as bright as the countless golf balls he has sunk during his storied career Monday.

The man nicknamed the Golden Bear — winner of 18 major tournament titles and regarded by many as the best to ever swing a club — worked the crowd of more than 150 people who attended a private clinic at the Tacoma Golf & Country Club in Lakewood.

Nicklaus is spending a few hours in the South Sound, en route to a trip to Asia, to help raise money for the expansion of the American Lake Veterans Golf Course from nine to 18 holes. He is co-chair of the committee trying to raise $3 million for the project and is donating the services of his design team.

Before making his fund-raising pitch, Nicklaus put on a clinic, in every sense of the word. Standing at a freshly groomed tee, he launched balls that whistled hundreds of yards away. He stressed how no two golfers’ swings are alike. He even cracked one-liners that knocked everything from his age to his weight.

But when talking with reporters about the expansion — which supporters say will help injured soldiers who use golf for physical and emotion rehabilitation — one of golf’s biggest performers looked down toward the grass to search for words.

“This is one out of love,” he said.
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April
20th

Volunteers excited about veterans golf course

Frank Shaver studied the woman’s golf swing as she blasted a shot into a screen that was simulated to be lush fairway today at American Lake Veterans Golf Course.

The student made perfect contact with the ball, at least according to the computer simulation. The screen showed it had sailed a good 150 yards down the middle of the fairway.

“You did it!” Shaver yelled. “Isn’t it amazing when you swing through like that?”
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April
20th

Veterans enjoying new center, tools at American Lake golf course

Jim Martinson steadied his hands on the 3-wood as he concentrated on the golf ball today at American Lake Veterans Golf Course.

The 63-year-old Vietnam War veteran went up on his backswing, head down and eyes on the ball, and stroked a high, smooth shot 100 yards down the middle of the range.

Then, the Puyallup man who lost both his legs to a mine in combat, used the joystick on his specialized chair to lift his body up and down to prepare for his next shot.

Although a relative newcomer to game, he is one of South Sound’s disabled veterans who golf to stay physically healthy, as well as rekindle rivalries and camaraderie with other vets.
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