Wilkshire Golf Course in Bolivar is celebrating its 50th anniversary.  The Easterday family opened the course in July 1970.

Senior league gives masters golfers a chance at forgotten pars, birdies

A local man who threw a famous no-hitter is pitching a concept to keep older golfers hitting away.

Phil Budervic, 67, wants to launch an experimental golf league at Wilkshire, near Bolivar. Teams would play makeshift holes at distances closer to the hole than the shortest tees but distant enough to pose a challenge.

The idea hit Budervic before he moved back to his native Stark County. The local golf season is heating up now.

“I was in a golf league in Florida for a long time,” he said. “One of the league founders was on into his’ 80s. The guys wanted to throw him out of the league. They said his handicap was too high and he was too slow. I said, ‘Are you guys nuts?’

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