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Big year for Scioto Country Club: hosting US Senior Open while turning 100

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Golf tournament at Scioto Country Club in 1918The 20th century brought the Machine Age, and then, with the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, the 2-day weekend.  What did people want to do with their newfound leisure time? Apparently, hitting around a little white ball was becoming an increasingly popular pastime. Although Columbus already had two 9-hole golf courses, local Brahmins James Lyon Hamill, Samuel P. Bush (yes, those Bushes), William K. Lanman, and Butler Sheldon decided the city really needed an 18-hole course, and set about making it happen. James Miller, original owner of the property, was not keen on giving them a deal. Lucky for them, Miller soon sold his land to King Thompson. King was indeed interested in having the city's only 18-hole course to anchor his “country club” development. In 1916, the Scioto Country Club was founded.

While the Club has notable diving and tennis programs, its golf course put it on the national stage. Influential golf course architect Donald Ross designed the Scioto Country Club course, which is now ranked by Golf Digest magazine as #50 in the top 100 US courses. (Ross also designed six other courses on that list!) UA-superstar Jack Nicklaus learned to play on the Scioto course.

The Scioto Country Club is one of only a handful of courses to have hosted so many major competitions: 1926 US Open, 1931 Ryder Cup, 1950 PGA Championship, 1968 US Amateur, and 1986 US Senior Open. And in its centennial year, the Club will again host more than 150,000 spectators for the 2016 US Senior Open, August 8-14.

Here are several interesting books, articles, and databases if you’d like to learn more:

Home Repair Help

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Man outside working on home

If something breaks around your house, how confident are you that you could fix it? If you’d like to learn more about household repair, or if you’d like to improve your home, the UA Library has online resources with instructions for basic to advanced repairs - you only need a library card number and PIN to access these from home. Whether you need to repair a lawnmower’s engine, fix a minor plumbing issue, or do some household weatherproofing, we can help:

If you're in over your head and just need a professional, you can find one with help from the BBB or Angie’s List, which is now free to join.