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Commentary: From Father's Day to the enjoyment of summer sports

BY RANDY McROBERTS, rmcroberts@theaegis.com

1:27 PM EDT, June 19, 2012

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A couple days ago all of us celebrated Fathers Day, whether we are fathers or not. Each of has or had a father and others have had a male role model to provide father-like advice and love.

I can only speak for my own special day as I enjoyed my family, food and fun. Crab cakes were on the menu, chosen by me and prepared by my wife. A little cole slaw, a few french fries and some corn took care of hunger. Oh, and a brownie to boot. I hope Dr. Mithani skips this column.

The only sport that took part of my day was golf. No, I wasn't playing, just watching in amazement at the world's best male golfers and the difficulty they were having with the Olympic Club Lake Course in San Francisco, Calif., in the 2012U.S. Open. When the best in the game, all of them, struggle to break par, then you know the golf course is a true test. That for me makes it all that more interesting to watch.

Now, a great day could have been nearly perfect if my rooting interest, Jim Furyk, had not let the U.S. Open title slip away. A duck hook drive off the 16th tee will remain in his memory for a long time. Mine too.

But, Furyk, obviously irritated, didn't display the negativity that we see too often in sports. Throwing of equipment.

On a more local golfing note, Havre de Grace native David Hutsell is heading to California today (Wednesday) to defend his 2011 PGA Club Professional Championship win a little closer to home in Hershey, Pa., last June.

It's a big deal to play well in this tournament due to the reward of finishing high in the standings. Those who do, get a spot in the PGA Championship played later this summer at Kiawah Island in South Carolina.

Hutsell's win last year was the biggest of his career and going back as the defending champion puts him in a different light. Play gets under way Sunday.

Less than a month after last year's win, Hutsell came back to Harford County and won the Maryland Open championship at Maryland Golf and Country Clubs. Next month, Hutsell will defend that title as well, but a bit farther south in Anne Arundel County. The host course is Old South Country Club.

Who knows whether Hutsell can successfully defend either title, but playing as defending champ means at least one thing: you're a champion. Best of luck to David. I'll be watching.

Apparently we need to send some luck the Aberdeen IronBirds way. A season opening loss Monday puts the IronBirds behind the eight ball right out of the gate. It seems the 'Birds have lost more opening day games than they've won, but their record is 6-5. Hopefully the 'Birds can open at home with a win tonight and make a run at the playoffs this year. That will be different.