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Special day for double amputees at Quicken Loans National

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 25, 2014

Dan Casara wasn't supposed to walk again, let alone play golf.

But he got that chance on a bigger stage than he ever thought possible Wednesday.

Casara was one of two pro-am partners of Keegan Bradley at the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., who were double amputees playing on prosthetic legs.

Casara hit his approach to about 6 feet on the 523-yard, par-4 18th hole and putted for the group.

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Canal Fulton's Justin Lower gets hole-in-one in Cleveland Open

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 5, 2014

Canal Fulton’s Justin Lower, a Northwest High School and Malone University graduate, shot a hole-in-one Thursday in the first round of the Tour’s Cleveland Open.

Playing the 151-yard, par-3 16th hole (his seventh hole) at Lakewood Country Club in Westlake, Lower called his 8-iron shot “just the perfect swing.”

“It’s nice when they end up that way,” he said.

It was Lower’s third hole-in-one in competition and the seventh of his career. He said his last came during a tournament in 2011 when he was still an amateur.

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Ben Curtis encouraged by career best finish at Memorial

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 1, 2014

An eagle putt by Ben Curtis at the 15th hole that missed by just a few inches might have made his day more exciting, but the Kent resident was encouraged by his tie for sixth in the Memorial Tournament, his best finish in 12 appearances.

The former Kent State All-America and 2003 British Open champion got to 10-under par on Sunday, but a bogey at 18 left him at 9-under 279. It earned him $215,450, nearly surpassing his season earnings of $241,759 coming in.

Curtis had missed the cut in his last four events, with his previous best finish a tie for 12th at the Shell Houston Open. It was his first top 10 since he tied for second at the 2012 Players Championship.

“It’s nice,” Curtis said afterward. “I had a decent finish in Houston and felt like I was going to get some momentum going, then had a bad three weeks, really a couple bad rounds more than anything. I had a couple decent rounds in there – second round at Charlotte and the first round at New Orleans (both rounds of 70). It was just a matter of time, getting somewhere comfortable, getting good thoughts in my head with the swing. I obviously had it going this week.

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