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U.S. Senior Open Scene & Heard: Hardy family ducking tee shots, raising money for Yukon's Active Church

by Scott Wright and Michael Baldwin Published: July 13, 2014

Michele Hardy and her husband, Deral, gave away free bottles of water and Gatorade from their back porch off hole No. 2.

Fans weren’t required to make a donation. Any money donated went entirely to Active Church, the family’s home church in Yukon where they’re still members even after they moved to Oak Tree three years ago.

“It was a really fun week. We met a lot of people, including some of the players’ wives,” Michele said. “We mainly just wanted to bless people.”

Early in the week, a player’s tee shot sliced so far right it hit the Hardys’ roof, and a couple of players chatted briefly when they hit tee shots near the Hardys’ backyard.

“Everyone talked a lot about how great this golf course is,” Michele said. “It was just so hot most of the week that there were a lot of hot, tired people. We really enjoyed just seeing them smile.”

Early in the week, the Hardys also sold sleeves of Titleist Pro V1 golf balls for $5. The balls were donated by church members.


Tom Lehman is one of several golfers at the U.S. Senior Open who have referenced the Bible when asked about whether they’ve hired a sports psychologist.

“I’ve never had a sports psychologist,” Lehman said. “My wife and I have discussed this topic before and it’s like you have the greatest road map in this book called the Bible. So, why do you need somebody else to tell me what we already should know?

“People who have a spiritual faith tend to have a perspective that maybe allows you to not put such a strong emphasis on winning and losing, that at the end of the day there’s more important things in the world than a golf tournament.”

Bernhard Langer, the leading money winner on the Champions Tour who owns 92 career wins, said he’s talked to a couple of sports psychologists but has rarely used them since he became a Christian in 1985.

“Ninety-nine percent of what they’re telling you is in the Bible,” Langer said. “You’ve just got to read it, so you don’t need a lot of sports psychologists. If you’re a believer, and you know the Bible, it’s all in there. It’s the best book that was ever written. It’s a best-seller, always has been.”

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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by Michael Baldwin
Redhawks, Barons, MLB, NFL Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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