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I need a little interactive help on a couple of upcoming stories.

Our Golf Guide is going to feature a story about our readers’ favorite golf trips or vacations. The Republic is asking that you email your story (400 words or less) and photos to Doug Showalter at dshowalter@therepublic.com no later than Feb. 17.

You can also email me at jheater@therepublic.com. Please include a phone number in case Doug or I have questions and captions for any photos you send with proper identification.

The other story is going to be a look at the top five male and female athletes to come out of Bartholomew County. Being a newbie here, I don’t have the experience and therefore have to get information from people like ... you.

Send me an email on your top five, male and female, and why you think they were fantastic and a cut above.

So let’s get those creative juices flowing.

I had a buddy who was driving near Pebble Beach Golf Links, the favorite course of Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. He was on a vacation with his wife and her parents.

They decided that they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play the course. It was a Sunday evening in the summer, and they thought they had just enough time to play 18 holes. They walked into the pro shop after noticing the course was empty. No problem getting on the tee.

The four stood in front of the Pro Shop attendant, and they asked how much it would be for a foursome.

“That will be $1,000.”

My buddy’s father-in-law was in shock. “We don’t want to buy the course,” was

his answer.

No twilight rates there.

Perhaps your golf vacation story involves a wonderful bargain. I used to play Lake Tahoe Golf Course, a beautiful set-up that still only costs about $60 to play. Compare that to the $200 you would pay during the summer at Edgewood Tahoe, just a few miles down the road.

Hitting shots in the thin air of Lake Tahoe makes you feel like John Daly. Now that’s a real bargain.

Maybe your favorite golf trip just includes a special moment.

A guy who used to work with me went on his honeymoon to Maui. He was about a 4 handicap, and he took his hacker wife to a course. On a short par 3, his wife slapped a worm burner along the ground that shot up to the green and bounce, bounce, bounce, went into the hole.

I guess I should note that my co-worker never has had a hole-in-one and his wife’s freak luck ruined his day. It was memorable, though.

Some courses just have quirky stuff that makes it fun. One course I played had an elevator that took you up the side of a mountain to the tee. At Bodega Harbour Golf Links in California, you have to leave your cart behind and walk across an environmentally protected area to get to a green. Perhaps you have had to hit from behind a cactus or off lava.

Please, though, let us know.

The top athletes story is a little more straightforward. Just remember, though, that the list doesn’t have to be limited to football, basketball or baseball. Perhaps you saw a swimmer who was amazing or a gymnast or volleyball player.

Just send me the names of someone who stood above, a man among boys, a woman among girls.

I take the suggestions and talk to area coaches and those close to the sports world.

Sure, it’s impossible to compare players from different eras, but it’s also fun.

And, please, no current high school players. No Markell Jones or Mackenzie Caldwell submissions.

So that being, said, get to work!

Jay Heater is The Republic sports editor. He can be reached at jheater@therepublic.com or 379-5632.

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