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If the thought of visiting a dentist makes you cringe, you’re not alone.

With only nineteen more shopping days until Christmas, I would like to discuss what a golfer might or might not 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 4, 2019

During last month’s General Managers meetings, Jeff Luhnow of the Houston Astros was reportedly shunned by his fellow GM’s. For good reason.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is known for many things. It’s a showcase of exceptional Sonoran Desert flora.

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist November 29, 2019

We may have witnessed the nadir in a drama known as Colin Kaepernick vs. the NFL.

Twelve years ago Tournament Director Josh Bates created a money tennis tournament held at the Village Racquet and Health Club on Camelback and 44th Street in Phoenix, that has become a premier tennis event for players in the Southwest and beyond for all levels of play.

By Chris Howard, Courier Columnist November 25, 2019

It looks like we are mostly done with our warm days and now we face some 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 November 20, 2019

Baseball’s offseason is referred to as the Hot Stove League, a phrase first used in 1886 in “Spirit of the Times.” It refers to baseball fans gathering around a hot stove during the cold winter months discussing their favorite baseball teams and players.

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist November 13, 2019

The word sportsmanship is synonymous with playing games fairly and treating opponents with respect. Among the unwritten rules is not running up the score on a defenseless or already beaten opponent.

Suggestions on how to shorten the game of tennis from what it’s been in the past is starting to gain more and more traction and it may be warranted.

May I be frank with you? Or Wayne, or Chuck, 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 6, 2019

“Let’s do Mt. Whitney,” my daughter said. (Another item on her bucket list). Great, but with only two weeks’ notice, a number of challenges presented themselves, like getting permits.

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist October 30, 2019

A civil case currently underway in Stockton, California against U.S.A. Swimming clearly shows the “new” governing body is the same as the old governing body.

Recently professional tennis has had an explosion of tennis news that enthusiasts want to hear and keep up with.

By Chris Howard, Courier Columnist October 28, 2019

Most of us learned the traditional method of chipping. I was a very good chipper when I practiced and played a lot. But in the golf management business, I rarely had time to practice or play. And my chipping skills suffered.

By John Gunby Sr., Courier Columnist October 23, 2019

The best city for a sports fan may depend on what they prioritize. For some fans, winning championships is all that matters. For others, a team’s competitiveness on a regular basis may be the priority.

In my limited lifetime of tennis there are a few things in the game I would love to see take place that probably won’t.

By Chris Howard, Courier Columnist October 21, 2019

Looking through my directory of hikes across the Southwest (Hoof’n It), I find several hikes in Arizona noteworthy for their display of fall colors.

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist October 16, 2019

Anyone who thought sports was merely about the games learned a valuable lesson in the recent dust-up between the NBA and China.

All learning encompasses three main learning styles. Visual, auditory and kinesthetic. A person will have a dominant style with the other two taking a backseat to their preference. Nowadays, the most prevalent style is, by far, visual.

California Governor Gavin Newsom did the expected last month when he signed a bill allowing college athletes in the state to profit from their own name, image and likeness.

Community tennis events are really fun to organize and put together, but it takes a good committee of people and volunteers coming together cohesively to do it in a manner that truly makes it all feel pretty darn good and that happened this past Sunday for our 5th Annual PATA Tennis Park of Tennis Fame Clinic and Induction day.

By Chris Howard, Courier Columnist October 8, 2019

What’s in a name anyway? In preparation for a workshop on Arizona’s conifers, I returned to the Groom Creek Trailhead to hike Spruce Mountain. I was quickly reminded of two things.

By Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist October 2, 2019

Heading into the last weekend of the 2019 regular season, the 30 MLB teams had hit a record 6,647 home runs, 542 more than the previous high mark. Given those figures, the average fan might think hitting a baseball is a fairly easy task.

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