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  • Writer's pictureChristina Grosshans

SPY's Newsletter 7/18/21

SPY’s Newsletter #145


Reading Fun Continues at the Sunfield District Library

Another fun filled program was enjoyed at the Sunfield District Library’s summer reading program. The theme “Tales and Tails” was literally explored when 12-year-old Rylee Donovan shared her love for her animals.

The first animal that Rylee brought out was a Ball Python. She went into great detail regarding the creature. Where they come from, what they eat, how to hold them, and what a snake uses its tongue for. The next animal was another python but its differences and rarity was explained. This snake had special markings and coloration. It had what they call Emoji markings. The special caramel colored snake cost $500 and was only 1½ years old. Several excited kids were able to look at the snake up close, and even hold it.

The next special critter was a miniature chicken. The coloring on the bird was surprisingly beautiful. Even though it was tiny in size, it was a full grown, egg laying bird. The egg size, color and quantity was a surprise to most. The small flock of chickens that Rylee owns can provide 2-3 dozen eggs a week. She even runs her own egg selling business. The small bird was held by several people.

As soon as the next animals were pulled from their enclosure, a group “aww” was heard. A mother lop-eared rabbit and her babies were enjoyed by all ages. The children, as well as, many adults felt comfortable in holding the furry critters. The little rabbits will be available for purchase as soon as they are old enough.

The last animal brought out and talked about was an adorable Chinchilla. Rylee shared many fun facts about them. One of them being that chinchilla are the softest animals on earth. Also, how they have floating ribs, making them a very delicate animal. People were allowed to touch the soft fur, but unable to hold the tiny creature.

Her mother. Heather Donovan talked about Rylee’s love for her animals. In addition, how the 12 year old runs her own business on Instagram and Facebook. Overall, it was a very inspirational presentation to kids, and what they can do. For more information, visit Rylee on her social media platform. Thank you Rylee and Heather for a wonderful presentation!

The SPY’s Are Seeking A Special Volunteer

The SPY’s are looking for someone who would be interested in stepping up and taking over the Chairmanship of the Texas Hold ‘Em events that the SPY’s work, usually three times a year. Wendel Peabody has headed these up for us for a number of years, but is unable to continue due to health concerns.

These Texas Hold ‘Em events are the top fund-raiser for the SPY’s. This year, we are only scheduled for two---one in November and one in December. This is a VERY important position we need to fill!

The chairman’s job is mainly rounding up a crew of three people to work a shift each day of an event, and to handle filing some paperwork with the State.

Wendel is available to mentor whoever might be interested. If you would like further information about specifically what’s involved, give Wendel a call at 517-449-6018.

Thank You Trash Pickers!

Project Chairman Derek “Captain Highway” Desgranges would like to send out a BIG Sunfield Area SPY salute to the following fine folks who helped out on our second Adopt-A-Highway trash pick-up of the season this past Saturday, as well as some of the folks that took advantage of the option of participating earlier in the week:

Mark Hanna

Chris Haskin

John & Sandy Fisher

Oren & Rosie Best

Stacie Desgranges

Job well done pickers!

Annual Meeting Date Set

The date for the Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth has been set for Saturday, January 15, 2022. It will be held at the Centennial Acres Golf & Banquet Center. Please make a note of it.

Parting Comments

• Deep Thought of the Week: A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot, and realize how blessed you are for what you have.

• Notable Quote: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”---Tim Notke

• That’s Puny Department: I recently started a business building yachts in my attic. Sails are through the roof!

• Did You Know Section? The National Hole-in-One Registry says the average golfer has a 12,000-1 chance at making an ace. For PGA Tour pros, that dips to 3,000-1. It’s still an improbable occurrence, but hole-in-ones happen almost weekly on the Tour. Last season, there were 36 aces made. You see hole-in-one highlights all the time on SportsCenter, but have you ever wondered what the longest ace in PGA Tour history is? The answer is longer than you could probably ever hit a golf ball.

Who has the most holes-in-one in PGA Tour history?

Tiger Woods might be the greatest golfer ever, but he isn’t even close to the best hole-in-one artist. Woods has made three aces in his professional career, but his first unofficial ace came from when he was just six years old.

Phil Mickelson actually has five aces in his career. He’s close to the top of the list, but he’s not the all-time leader. That title belongs to two men: Robert Allenby and Hal Sutton. They both recorded 10 holes-in-one on the PGA Tour. Not too shabby, but neither of them holds the record for the longest ace.

The longest hole-in-one wasn’t even made on a par-3

The longest hole-in-one in PGA Tour history came from Andrew Magee in 2001. It was historic for two reasons. One because it set the record for the longest hole-in-one, and two because it didn’t even happen on a par-3.

That’s right. Magee made the first and only hole-in-one on a par-4 in Tour history.

The iconic hole-in-one occurred on the 17th hole at TPC Scottsdale. Magee, still angry from a double-bogey on the previous hole, teed his ball up and let it rip before the group in front even left the green. He didn’t think he could reach the hole, but his anger must’ve given him super-strength.

The ball didn’t just reach the green. It rolled into the group ahead, bounced off one of their putters and redirected right into the hole. Ace! 332 yards on a par-4. Still the longest hole-in-one in Tour history and the only ace on a par-4 to this day.

Most amateur players can only dream of hitting a golf ball 332 yards. Magee did it and made a hole-in-one in the process.


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