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We’ve heard every cliché known to mankind about our competitive spirit and the world we live in to survive…”It’s dog-eat-dog,” “The law of the jungle,” “Every man for himself,” and, “No one remembers who came in second place.”

By Chris Howard, Courier Columnist January 25, 2021
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A long-awaited change to athlete NIL rights, which appeared to be on the cusp of approval, will have to wait a bit longer.

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Balance, rhythm, tempo and timing are crucial to any golf swing. You cannot be taught these fundamentals, but you can learn them.

By John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist January 16, 2021
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Occasionally, I like to explore hikes beyond our borders. Consequently, I had to add Big Bend National Park to my list of must see wildlands and thanks to Robert and Martha Manning, they offer a worthwhile discussion of this park in their latest book, “Walks of a Lifetime in America’s National Parks.”

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist January 14, 2021
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In November, when Theo Epstein stepped down as president of Baseball Operations for the Cubs, he took the opportunity to opine on the state of the game. He prefaced his remarks by saying baseball is the greatest game in the world (true), and then added an indictment....

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Being the third day of the new year, many of us have already broken one or more of our New Year resolutions. Here are some (not all) golf resolutions that I think every one of us should and can keep.

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Continuing from my last column, the south portion of the Beaver Dam Mountains Wilderness is much less vertical than the north unit. Having done my share of scrambling up and down cliffs the previous couple of days, I decided to approach the south unit differently.

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist January 1, 2021
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We’ve all been going through hoops to not get COVID, yet the numbers have increased, and unless we are wrapped in a bubble there are still certain risks that are unavoidable.

By Chris Howard, Courier Columnist December 28, 2020
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Growing up in Bangor, Maine, I was aware of the Penobscot Indian Reservation located 12 miles from our home. Louis Sockalexis, who was an outfielder for the Cleveland Spiders between 1897-99, was born on the reservation ...

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The most remote corner of Arizona, Beaver Dam Mountains Wilderness, lies between the Virgin River and Interstate 15 and the Utah-Arizona state line.

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist December 21, 2020

It looks like we are now facing some cold weather challenges, especially if we love to live here and don’t want to travel to play golf in warmer temperatures (and higher greens fees).

By John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist December 19, 2020
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It’s the holiday time of year. Thanksgiving is behind us, and Christmas and Hanukkah will soon be here. And another annual tradition is about to be played out.

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With only 19 more days until Christmas, let’s discuss what a golfer might need and want. That way, Santa can bring the best gifts this year that your favorite golfer (or you) will appreciate.

By John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist December 5, 2020
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Thanks to Robert and Martha Manning, we have one of the finest guide books to hiking in the National Parks, Walks of a Lifetime in America’s National Parks....

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist December 3, 2020
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Ben Stanley was enjoying both his basketball career and academics as a sophomore at Hampton University last spring. He planned to spend his junior year on campus before declaring for the NBA draft in 2021.

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When playing the game of tennis, there are a bundle of special mannerisms that make playing the game much more fun and enjoyable, known as tennis etiquette.

By Chris Howard, Courier Columnist November 26, 2020
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We all make mistakes. We all have failures and successes. That is life. And I believe that the game of golf is a microcosm of life. The secret is to learn from our experiences and those of others.

By John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist November 21, 2020
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The latest book by Robert and Martha Manning, Walks of a Lifetime in America’s National Parks, focuses on the best of the best in America’s natural landscape. People have told me about their vacations to this or that city. I could never imagine a vacation like that.

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist November 19, 2020
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When I first picked up a racquet at the age of 12 there was no inclination that this game of tennis would be any more than a fleeting moment in life, something to have some fun with for a while, hanging out with neighborhood buddies, challenging ourselves to something different from baseball, basketball, football or getting into trouble.

By Chris Howard, Courier Columnist November 17, 2020
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May I be frank with you? Or Wayne, or Connie or Roger? Seriously, we all have an ego. You would love to hit that little golf ball farther than you do.

By John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist November 7, 2020
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Global consulting firm McKinsey & Company touts itself as “the trusted advisor and counselor to many of the world’s most influential businesses and institutions.”

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The “top” of Yavapai County is cool, but not cool enough. Finding the coolest hiking destination in Arizona means going even higher, all the way to the top of Arizona, Humphrey’s Peak north of Flagstaff.

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist November 3, 2020
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Any time you have a couple of the top players in the world playing one another, especially in the finals of a grand slam, there would be much interest.

By Chris Howard, Courier Columnist October 27, 2020
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Most of us learned the traditional method of chipping.

By John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist October 27, 2020
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Nick Taylor has never been to the Masters. He already is motivated to get back.

By DOUG FERGUSON Associated Press October 27, 2020

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