Bob Burns covered golf for The Sacramento Bee for and freelanced for several national magazines, including Golf Digest and Golf World. He was inducted into the Sacramento Golf Hall of Fame in 2019 and is the author of “The Track in the Forest,” a book about the 1968 U.S. Olympic men’s track and field trials among at Echo Summit.
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Capital Region golf courses saw a boom last year as the game emerged as the perfect socially distanced activity. Will new players stick around?
When he was winning college golf tournaments as a Fresno State senior, pro golfer Nick Watney was content to come up a few units shy of a history degree. In fact, Nick didn’t want a college degree to fall back on.
Golf bag slung over his shoulder and a bounce in his step, a stocky fellow walks alone to his car in the Haggin Oaks parking lot. “I was crushing the driver,” he says, talking more to himself than anyone else. “Absolutely crushing it.”
While some business people are perfectly content golfing or playing tennis in their time off, others apply their competitive spirit to more extreme pursuits. These high achievers share several characteristics: They search far and wide for challenges, they’re competitive, they have uncommon amounts of energy and they have the financial means to travel, whether to climb Russia’s Mount Elbrus, kite surf in Brazil or hunt rare black impala in South Africa.