AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Harlow also used the handy stick to score his fourth lifetime ace last April at Upland’s 160-yard second hole. “It’s an Adams Number Four,” Harlow says “I think I’ve finally mastered it. I hit it like an 8-iron, down and hard.” Harlow continues to live in Ontario, where he was born and attended Chaffey High School and Chaffey College. His antique golf shop in the Pomona mall flourished as a mecca for club collectors for more than 15 years. It remained so until Harlow moved the display to Temecula 14 months ago. “Now, it’s part of the Chaparral Antique Mall on Old Town’s Sixth and Front streets,” said Harlow, who began collecting clubs 45 years ago. “My wife and I are there about once a week. “My favorite clubs are sentimental: from a 1925 Wilson Aim-Rite set that my dad (Harry) passed on to me. There’s a putter, driving iron, mashie and a mashie-niblick.” Bob Harlow, a life-long Ontario resident, may be the valley’s 1925 hickory-shaft expert, but give him a new-fangled hybrid “rescue” club when he’s out to play his best golf. At 82, Harlow says his goal this year is to shoot his age, preferably at Upland Hills Country Club, and preferably with his new, all-purpose hybrid club. I called Harlow recently to find out whether he can match his age again – as he has many times in the past. After 68 years of trudging around golf courses (starting at age 14), was he ready? “Definitely, especially with my new club,” he replied. “I shot an 84 with it a few weeks ago, but the game is unpredictable. Some days, it’s hard for me to break 100.” Harlow plays once or twice a week, usually at Upland Hills with other senior straight-shooters, and sometimes with his long-hitting grandson, Jeff Harlow, who coaches baseball at Chaffey College. “I hit my drives about 180,” said Bob Harlow. “Forty or 50 yards shorter than the old days, and 100 yards short of Jeff.” He likes to hear stories about old clubs, and is happy to offer help to folks who bring in their memorabilia. “One myth is that just because a club has a wooden shaft it’s valuable,” he said. “It may be worth a few dollars or a couple of thousand, but it’s fun to find out. I can help.” Harlow can be reached at (909) 984-5221. In the meantime, Harlow’s trusty hybrid replaces his regular 4-iron. “It’s 21 degrees and goes 160 yards,” he says with a laugh. “Perfect for another ace and maybe an 82.” The sixth annual Jack Kramer Junior Christmas Tournament, played recently at Los Serranos North and starring some 40 young players, took on a true international flavor. Twelve golf students from Korea, all enrolled in the David Ledbetter Academy, arrived here over the holidays and played in the event directed by Richard Dorame, Los Serranos assistant pro. “We were pleased to have the Korean students, all good players, in our tournament,” said Dorame. “I believe this was the only tournament they played in during their stay in the U.S.” Greg Bumstead, 16, of Chino Hills, won the 16-17 age flight when he shot a 77 (39-38) in the recent outing. Two visiting 16-year-old Korean girls, Kyuri Kim and Youn ju Yu, each shot 79 to finish second and third. Jessie Morton, 15, of Diamond Bar, the 2004 Jack Kramer champion, won the 14-15 flight with a 66 for 17 holes as play was ended because of darkness. Niko Tibayan, 15, of Diamond Bar, was second with 68, and Diamond Bar’s Ty Ondatje, as well as John Gaynor of Chino Hills both posted 80. Gavin Duarte of Diamond Bar fired a 63 for 15 holes to win the 12-13 age flight. Jared Hovsepian, Pomona, was second with 70; and Michelle Piyapatra of Chino Hills finished with a 72. Chino’s Arinda Bhanaraksa won the 11-and-under flight with a 37 for nine holes. Sahith Theegala, 8, a native of India now living in Chino Hills, finished second with a 38. Korea’s Sang in Kang, was third with a 41. One of my favorite charities, the City of Hope, is the beneficiary of every tournament promoted by FOLGA (Friends of Luso Golf Association). Frank Gaspar of Ontario won the December FOLGA tournament at San Dimas Canyon Golf Course with a gross 77. Joe Toledo of Chino was second with an 86. The association plays its next tournament on Jan. 29 at Cresta Verde Golf Club in Corona. Toledo, association director, reports that a check from the tournament will be presented on the 18th green to Joanne Ling, director of Development for the City of Hope. For information, call Toledo at 909-957-4267 or sign in at www.lusogolf.org. Stu Gornbein, boys and girls golf coach at Claremont High School, has declared he will retire in June. “I’m definitely leaving after the golf season,” Gornbein said recently. “After all, this is my 38th year of teaching.” Before he calls it a day, however, Gornbein eagerly looks forward to 2006 and one of his best teams ever. “Let’s say, we’ll be very, very strong,” says Gornbein, who will mark his 33rd year of coaching boys golf at Claremont. Three key players will lead the team. They are seniors Chanin Pornbida and Matt Peich, and sophomore Bodin Banakasra. “They all won junior tournaments last summer,” the coach said. Meanwhile, Gornbein has completed radiation sessions in his two-year cancer treatment program and says his health is at least satisfactory. “It’s odd,” he said. “I always feel better during the golf season.” Reflections on 2005: The best pressure round in the area last year had to be Kenny Murray’s 8-under-par 66 at the ultra-long Los Serranos South on the opening day of the 2005 Inland Valley Amateur Championship. Murray went on to shoot a 74 on the second day at Marshall Canyon to win the title with a 140 total. That “Route 66” set a record for Inland Valley Amateur rounds played at the Los Serranos course. And there was the 6-under-par 68 that Los Serranos teaching pro Johnny Powell also shot at the 7,200-yard South Course last October. Murray is 30-years-old. Powell, who is 75, was seven strokes under his age. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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