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JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: July 28, 2013

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Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Sally Anthony. …

  • The Old Pro would be bursting with pride for his grandsons. The late Mason Rudolph's grandsons, Mason and Goodman, have had quite a summer of golf this year. Their grandfather was a PGA Tour pro for years and later the coach and director of golf at Vanderbilt.

    Goodman won the United States Junior Golf Tournament at Wyndyke CC in Memphis. He shot 69-71-75 in the three-day tournament.

    Brother Mason qualified for the State Amateur Tournament set for Aug. 6-9 in Chattanooga. Mason took the 11th and final spot in Memphis after he birdied the second hole of a 6-way playoff.

    They will be 16 years old later this year and attend Memphis University School.

  • Ben Wolcott is an incoming freshman at Ole Miss where he will be on a golf scholarship. Wolcott won the recent Choo-Choo Invitational at Council Fire GC in Chattanooga.

    He won by five strokes, shooting a 1-under 70 in the final round. He entered the final day of play with a two shot lead over Vanderbilt sophomore Carson Jacobs and was 4 shots up on veteran amateur and Tennessee Golf Hall of Famer Tim Jackson from Germantown.

    The trophy is a bronzed eagle feather, a replica of Council Fire's logo.

    "It's a unique trophy. It's not going to the dorm because I would hate for it to get stolen,'' Wolcott said. "It will probably go on the mantle in our living room.''

    Wolcott is the son of Bob Wolcott, a Dickson native who was an All-American golfer at Georgia and played on the PGA Tour for several years.

  • As far as I know, Alabama is the first college football program to install a waterfall in its locker room. Look for some others to follow suit. It's all about keeping up with the Sabans, eh the Joneses.

    Crimson Tide players also have an arcade in their locker room with the latest video games.

  • Condolences to retired SEC Commissioner Roy Kramer, who lost his soul mate, Sara Jo, this past week. She was 84. At SEC events, you would rarely see one without the other.

    Sara Jo was a fierce protector for Roy, who before taking the SEC position, was AD at Vanderbilt. Coach Kramer also took loving care of her after she was bitten by a brown recluse spider, which eventually led to her having to lose a foot.

    Sara Jo had no problem taking care of herself. She was strong willed and, as a columnist who at times had to be critical of her husband. I was more worried about what Sara Jo had to say to me than Roy.

    If she liked you, she liked you. If she didn't, well I never had to find out the consequences.

    They were married 62 years and shared a deep love for college athletics, especially football. She never met a stranger and would remember your name.

    After retirement, they lived at Rarity Bay on an East Tennessee golf course. They spent a lot of time with their children and grandchildren and always included them in SEC events.

    Sara Jo may be gone, Coach, but her memory unquestionably will live on.

  • Las Vegas wise guys have some interesting over-under numbers of wins for college football teams this season.

    Defending champion Alabama's number of wins is 11, leaving no margin of error.

    Florida and LSU's number is 9 while South Carolina,  Georgia and Texas A&M are at 9½. Ole Miss is 8, Tennessee is 6 and Vanderbilt is 7½. Auburn is 6½ while Mississippi State and Missouri are at 6.

    Out of the SEC, Oregon's over-under on wins is 11, Southern Cal and Lane Kiffin is 9½. Former Brentwood Academy and Georgia Tech player Mike MacIntyre's Colorado team's number is 3½. Coach David Cutcliffe's Duke team is 5½.

  • Nerlen Noels tore his ACL shortly after the season started and the Kentucky star slipped from a possible top pick in this year's NBA draft to No. 6 overall.

    He has requested the Sixers give him jersey No. 5, and has vowed to make those five teams that passed on him in the draft pay for their decisions.

  • Cowboys wide receiver Dwayne Harris showed up at training camp nine pounds lighter that a year ago. He credits the loss to an unusual weight loss plan.

    Harris, a resident of Stone Mountain, Ga., enjoys chasing wild animals in the woods around Stone Mountain. May I suggest a better plan to shed pounds? Let the wild animals chase you.

  • It was an emotional, extended standing ovation that greeted legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully. He was honored with his own bobble-head doll.

    He is calling Dodgers games for the 64th straight year. Scully stood and listened to the crowd pay its respects, with a few tears present.

  • The Wall Street Journal conducted a study that showed there is more inactivity in a baseball game than any other sport.

    Ninety percent of the time is spent standing around, leaving only 20 minutes of actual action. The time wasted between innings added up to just over 42 minutes. Time between pitches was one hour, 14 minutes.

    The action during a football game is only 11 minutes.

  • Right priorities: Canadian Open 36-hole leader Hunter Mahan never made it to the third round Saturday. His wife, former Dallas Mavericks and Cowboys cheerleader Kandi, went into labor in Dallas and Mahan was on his way out of town. Candy was three weeks early.

    Mahan held a two-stroke lead at the 36-hole break, but was informed of his wife's status about 30 minutes before his scheduled tee time.

    The flight between Toronto and Dallas is an estimate 2½ hours.

    His absence left John Merrick to play his third round alone, giving him more than ample time to study every shot. Why officials would not put him in the last group to make a threesome makes no sense.

    Nashville's Brandt Snedeker took full advantage of Hunter's absence and fired a 29 on the front nine to take the lead. He finished with nine birdies, no bogeys to go into today's final round with a two-shot lead.

    There are 12 golfers within four shots of the leader.

    As a father of two, Snedeker fully understands Mahan's decision. Golf tournaments can wait.

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