Tornado strikes Kokomo golf course

Tornado strikes Kokomo golf course


>>John: WE’LL CHECK BACK.>>Andrea: FOR MANY PEOPLE IN KOKOMO, CLEANING UP AFTER THE TORNADO OUTBREAK IS A MATTER OF GETTING ON WITH THEIR LIVES.>>John: FOR OTHERS IT’S ABOUT QUALITY OF LIFE AND COMING TO TERMS WITH THE IDEA IT WILL NEVER BE QUITE THE SAME AGAIN. ON ANY OTHER DAY, KOKOMO COUNTRY CLUB GOLF PRO WOULD BE HELPING GOLFERS CLEAN UP THEIR BACKSWING. FOR NOW, HE’S HELPING TO CLEAN UP THE COURSE. THE STORM TOOK DOWN SOME OF THE COUNTY’S OLDEST TREES, THAT NO AMOUNT OF MONEY CAN REPLACE.>>I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU PUT A PRICE ON THE AGE OF THE TREES AND STUFF LIKE THAT. AND THE CHARACTER IS THE TOUGHEST THING.>>HE’S BEEN AT THE CLUB FOR NEARLY 25 YEARS AND WHEN A TORNADO DROVE THE 18th FAIR WAY, IT CHANGED A HISTORY THAT STARTED WAY BEFORE HIM. SOME OF THESE TREES WERE HERE WHEN THE COURSE OPENED, IN 1903.>>IT’S A NICE CHERRY TREE, AND IT’S — WE USED TO HAVE BACK OF NO. 18 GREEN LINED WITH THESE CHERRY TREES AND THIS IS THE LAST ONE. IT’S A DARN SHAME.>>SOME PEOPLE LOST THEIR HOME AND BELONGINGS, BUT TO PUT IT IN PERSPECTIVE, THE STORM TOOK AIM AT A GOLF COURSE THAT IS PART OF THE COMMUNITY’S SOURCE OF PRIDE. KOKOMO HAS MORE GOLF COURSES PER CAPITA THAN ANY OTHER CITY IN INDIANA AND IT’S GOING TO TAKE A LOT TO HELP MAKE YOU PLAYABLE AGAIN.>>THE BIGGEST THING WE COULD USE ARE TRUCKS TO HAUL THE DAMAGED LIMBS OFF, CHAINSAWS, AND JUST PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, TO HELP HAUL OUT SOME OF THIS STUFF, BECAUSE WE’VE GOT DECENT INSURANCE BUT SOME OF IT’S NOT GOING TO BE COVERED, SO WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO A LOT OF THIS WORK OURSELVES. IN THE MEANTIME, COUNTRY CLUB MEMBERS WILL HAVE TO WAIT AND LEARN TO ACCEPT THAT A ROUND OF GOLF HERE WON’T BE QUITE THE SAME FROM NOW ON.>>THE TOUGHEST THING IS FOR SOME OF OUR MEMBERS THAT HAVE BEEN HERE FOR 60 YEARS TO COME OUT AND SEE BECAUSE THEY’LL NEVER SEE THIS BACK AGAIN. THAT’S PROBABLY THE THING THAT HURTS THE MOST.>>THE CLUB HOPES TO OPEN BACK UP THE BACK 91st, BUT GIVEN THE SIZE OF THE TREES THAT ARE DOWN, IT MAY BE SEVERAL WEEKS BEFORE THE REST OF THE HOLES ARE PLAYABLE AGAIN. AND WE WANT TO REMIND YOU THAT OUR PHONE BANK IS OPEN AGAIN TONIGHT TO TAKE YOUR DONATIONS FOR THE VICTIMS OF THIS TORNADO OUTBREAK. JUST CALL THE NUMBER YOU SEE ON YOUR SCREEN THERE.

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