Golf

July 18, 2013

All that she can be

Golf is latest challenge met by King

(Continued)

A different life

If King maintains a confident gait along the fairways, it has little to do with her abilities with a sand wedge out of a bunker. She earned her swagger in other bunkers.

This is a woman who can strip down an M-16A1 rifle just as easily as she can strip your wallet of money if you underestimate her off the tee box. She can tell a golf ball in flight to get down just as quickly as she told new recruits to drop in the mud during her stint as an instructor in Army basic training.

“When I was in the military, training troops, that was the most satisfying job I ever had,” King said during a recent round at Spring Lakes Golf Club. “It was also the toughest.”

After growing up in Murray County, King joined the Air Force but left after three years, transferring to the Army.

“I wanted a greater challenge,” she said. “I got it.”

She served with the 82nd Airborne Division, the storied military corps that fought on the fields of France against the Kaiser in World War I, at the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, across the desert in the Gulf War and also now in Afghanistan. King served in logistics and supplies and was part of the first wave during the invasion of Grenada in 1983.

“We thought it was just a drill,” King said about deploying out of Fort Bragg, N.C., when President Ronald Reagan ordered the invasion. “When they started handing out live ammo, we knew it was for real. But they pulled me and all of the other women off of the plane. We got locked in a hangar. It was a different time for women in the service.”

Her time as a drill sergeant still holds a special place in her heart, and that’s one of the reasons why she is always willing to help out younger golfers who might need a little help.

“People say golf is a life sport,” King said. “You have to keep learning and teaching if you can. When I was a drill sergeant, I had parents come up to me and ask me how I was able to do in six to eight weeks what they have tried all of their lives to do.”

By the time she was medically discharged in the mid-1990s, Sgt. 1st Class Sue King’s body had given out on her in many ways. All throughout her service in the military — through three different tours of duty in Germany and tours in both Panama and South Korea — she played competitive softball for the Army.

“By the time I got home, I was busted up,” she said. “I took up golf because I needed the exercise, and I developed my softball swing into a golf swing.”

Her body is still beaten and battered, and sometimes it looks to be a labor for her to climb the slopes of the greens with knees seemingly rustier than the hinges on a ‘55 Chevy. But she is still out there chasing birdies and overcoming challenges.

Text Only
Golf
  • Chris Whitfield's Fairways & Greens: Experience matters for local golfers

    Tyler Mitchell has past success in the Georgia Open on his side. David Noll Jr. has past success at Pinetree Country Club on his.

    July 31, 2014

  • Chris Whitfield's Fairways & Greens: Nob North prepares for 'big date'

    Like anyone getting ready for a big date, golf courses get dressed up when it is time for a major event. But while a woman may put on a little makeup and a man may add a spray of cologne, Nob North Golf Course in Varnell is getting something more akin to Botox.

    July 24, 2014

  • Loran Smith: McIlroy at his peak at Hoylake

    HOYLAKE, England — It’s the setting which enraptures those who appreciate the things that accompany a championship, The British refuse to let a downpour or two, intermittent and inconvenient, to make them fret.

    July 20, 2014

  • Loran Smith: Change is needed for major titles

    HOYLAKE, England — This is a good time to be Bubba Watson — long off the tee which brings golf aficionados through the gates, two Masters titles which puts him in the pantheon of the greats at Augusta, deal-makers hovering about, more perks than a palace prince, exempt status to the end of the decade and a cash flow that resembles a raging river.

    July 19, 2014

  • Loran Smith: Brits know how to hold classy affairs

    HOYLAKE, England — Summertime is a royal time for the British, who have more sporting options in a six-week period than some societies have in a lifetime.
    If you think the U.S. is keen on sport — with the NBA finals lasting into June and baseball and golf dominating the scene — consider what takes place in the land of our forebears. Wimbledon gets underway the last week in June for a fortnight of resonating excitement. Wimbledon is like Augusta National or Churchill Downs — a memorable experience regardless of who walks away with first prize.

    July 15, 2014

  • End of streak for Noll at Georgia Amateur

    With the day’s low round at the Georgia Amateur Championship, Columbus’ Robert Mize claimed his first title at the Georgia State Golf Association tournament and added some hardware to the family’s trophy case.

    July 14, 2014

  • Close call for Noll at Georgia Amateur

    Most years at the Georgia Amateur Championship, Dalton’s David Noll Jr. is in the fight for first place.

    July 12, 2014

  • Local trio unable to break par at Georgia Amateur

    Eatonton’s Trey Rule opened with a 5-under-par 65 to take the lead Thursday in the first round of the Georgia Amateur Championship at Idle Hour Club in Macon.

    July 11, 2014

  • Public Links set for September at Nob North

    Registration is open for the 26th annual Georgia Public Links Championship, set for Sept. 13-14 at Nob North Golf Course in Varnell.

    July 11, 2014

  • Chatsworth's Mitchell picks up confidence-boosting victory

    Two good rounds of golf and a tournament victory secured some momentum for Chatsworth’s Tyler Mitchell as he prepares for this week’s Georgia Amateur Championship.

    July 9, 2014