Savage golfers have it in their blood |

Savage golfers have it in their blood

Baron Zahuranec
Rifle Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colorado ” “That next shot could be the best one” might be a more truthful way to say that, but don’t tell that to John Savage or his son, Jeb.

They play the game of golf for the next shot, which will always, hopefully, maybe, be better than their last.

The father-son combo is coming off of a dual win in the championship (Jeb) and first (John) flights at the Men’s Championship at Rifle Creek Golf Course two weekends ago.

“I thought it was excellent,” said Tad Holloway, head pro at the course. “I’ve taken enough money off of John over the years, but I can’t beat Jeb. I just sold John a new set of clubs. I’m glad they worked.”

The Savages have golf in their blood. John played at Rifle Creek regularly through the 1960s, came back in the 1980s and has played 20 to 50 rounds there each year since. That number could be higher, according to Jeb.

Jeb started playing when he was just 4 or 5 years old. He is just getting back into golf this summer, since he decided to take a few years off to go to college. He’s currently attending Mesa State College to get his bachelor’s of science degree in construction management.

“It’s way too expensive to play when it’s not on your home course,” he said.

The two have played golf all over the world: Cozumel, Mexico; Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, Scotland, Alabama, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California and Arizona, to name a few.

John has the perfect answer to anyone wanting to know about their practice and workout schedules and how hard golf really is: “I hate exercise,” he said. “Golf is a major part of my physical fitness regime.”

And his thoughts on technique:

“Swing fast and then look up.”

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