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The cold and wind Tuesday drove John Healy off the golf course and into the warmth of Golfsmith.
He could have watched 12-year-old son Bo play a few holes at Concord. Instead, he took 9-year-old son Hutch to the golf store to stay warm, roll a few putts on the indoor artificial green and buy a box of balls to fill his bag.
"I play ProV1s, but I probably should be playing cheap golf balls," Healy said, "especially this time of year, because I tend to lose them."
Hutch plays a different ball from his dad. It's yellow, "so I can see it better," he said.
The Healy guys are part of a large area group who get the itch to pull clubs out of storage and take them to the range or a course after watching the Masters over the weekend.
"In the spring every year, with the Masters on, it gives you the fever to hit a few balls, especially now that I have boys old enough to play," Healy said. "Even if it's to get out to play a couple holes, we'll do that a few times each week. We sneak out and get a couple holes in."
Playing golf with his sons is always a special time for Healy, who remembers playing with his grandfather, Bill Healy, "until he couldn't play anymore," he said.
"Any chance I can take them out to a course, instead of staying in the house and playing video games, I'll take it," Healy said. "It's not a cheap hobby, but I'll take it. I'll take the time with my boys outside any day of the week or year."
David Uchiyama is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who began his tenure here in May 2001. His primary beats are UTC athletics — specifically men’s basketball and athletic department administration — and golf, which includes coverage from the PGA Tour to youth events. He also covers other high school sports, outdoor adventures, and contributes to other sections of the newspaper when necessary. David grew up in Salinas, Calif., and began working ...