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Letter to the Editor - Jan. 4

January 04, 2013

Jack Griffith will be missed

To the editor:

My friend, Jack Griffith, passed on this week after making a tee time at the great golf course in the sky. As stated in his obituary, he was an avid sportsman who loved golf and bowling. He joined his friends on many golf outings both locally and in places in North and South Carolina when each new spring awakened the need to hit the links. 

He was a good golfer even in his late years and was always good for a story or two. He was fond of one of the local venues even though he complained that every hole was uphill. During one round, he bounced his drive off a barn that was along the fairway, with the ball landing on the green where he promptly drained a 30-foot “snake” for a birdie. In a later round, after a couple of errant shots he called “worm burners,” he hit a perfect 5-wood from 150 yards that found the hole for another birdie. “Easy game,” he said. 

He carried a respectable bowling average and his greatest accomplishment was his 299 game, when, after 11 straight strikes a wobbly 10-pin denied his perfect game. He took home the errant pin as a trophy, as is the custom of the bowling center.

Over the years, we shared many stories and anecdotes, always in good spirit.  A staunch conservative, Jack never shied away from a spirited debate on the state of the present political atmosphere. 

Above all, he loved his wife and family and placed them above all other things in his life. Rest in peace, Jack, you will be missed.

C. A. Belella
Smithsburg

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