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Bryan Brothers glow in the dark trick shots
Bryan Brothers via Youtube
Night time is no problem for trick shot artists George and Wesley Bryan.

We're starting to run out of superlatives to describe all the trick shots that brothers George and Wesley Bryan have brought us via YouTube over the past couple of months. Fortunately, the brothers haven't run out of creative ideas.

Their latest video came out this afternoon – except that it was filmed at night. And if you're wondering how to hit trick shots at night, we have an answer – Glow in the Dark!

Yes, the Bryan brothers are outfitted with special gear that lights up the night to bring us some of their favorite tricks. And with the amazing visual effects and cool background music, it makes for quite a spectacle.

So, enough said. Take a look for yourself:




Benson Park
Omaha Parks and Recreation
Omaha has eight municipal courses, including Benson Park.

The Omaha, Neb., Parks and Recreation Department has an outstanding idea for growing their junior golf program this summer: Let kids 14 and under play free on the city's four nine-hole courses during weekdays.

Starting May 27, junior golfers ages 14 and under will be able to play for free Monday through Thursday at all city-operated nine-hole courses. And at Westwood Golf Course, the city will provide free balls and tees as well.

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For free golf, each child must attend a half-hour junior golf player certification program, which will go over golf fundamentals, rules and safety. After that, they will receive a junior player's card which will allow them to play all they like.

Omaha has eight municipal course, of which four are participating in the program. Spring Lake is the longest of the four, a par-33 measuring 1,873 yards from the back tees. That includes a unique "road hole," requiring golfers to hit over the street to an elevated green near the clubhouse.

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The other three courses are classic par-3s. In addition to Westwood, Steve Hogan is one of the oldest courses in the state of Nebraska, measuring 1,337 yards. Warren Swigart opened in 1959 and measures 1,239 yards.

Free golf for juniors this summer is just one of the programs available to Omaha residents. For more information, check out the Junior Golf Club of Omaha website.

Outeniqua golf course
Fancourt Resort/Twitter
A South African golf course flagstick was struck by lightning Monday night.

Why it's important to pay attention to thunderstorm warnings: Here's visual proof of what lightning can do on a golf course.

The Fancourt resort in George, South Africa, posted a photo Tuesday of the No. 1 green on its Gary Player-designed Outeniqua course. Apparently the lightning bolt went right down the flagstick and into the surface of the green:





Thankfully, it happened overnight so no one was on the course. But you rarely think of a fiberglass flagstick as being the target of lightning -- although there's a metal base that sits in the cup.

Lee Trevino was struck by lightning while playing in the Western Open near Chicago in 1975. And according to a 2013 study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administation, eight people in the United States have been killed by lightning strikes while playing golf since 2006.

Nike Air Jordan high-top golf shoes
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Marcus Jordan posted a photo last week of what appear to be Nike Air Jordan high-top golf shoes.

Michael Jordan's iconic Nike Air Jordan high-tops on the golf course? It could be the future, according to Marcus Jordan, Michael Jordan's son. 

Marcus posted this photo on Twitter last week:



Air Jordans are everywhere -- not only in basketball, but football, baseball and NASCAR -- and even golf, where Keegan Bradley wears a pair of low-cuts.

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So it seems likely you'll begin to see high-top golf shoes on a course near you in the not-too-distant future.

Lucy Li
Augusta National Golf Club
Lucy Li won the girls 10-11 division of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship in April.

While watching the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National Golf Club in April, we seemed to be witnessing some future stars in the making. Of course, we didn't think the future would come so fast for at least one champion from that day.

On Monday, 11-year-old Lucy Li shot rounds of 74 and 68 at the Half Moon Bay Old Course to win the section qualifier, making the Redwood Shores, Calif., native the youngest player to compete in the U.S. Women's Open when she tees off at Pinehurst No. 2 next month. That's one year younger than Lexi Thompson, who was 12 when she played in the 2007 U.S. Women's Open.

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Li's 142 was seven strokes better than runner-up Kathleen Scavo, who is a 15-year-old high school junior from Benicia.

Li was one of eight champions crowned at Augusta National, winning the girls 10-11 division of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship.

To put it in perspective, Li wasn't born when Michelle Wie made her debut in a women's major.


Iowa State men's golf team
Iowa State Athletics
Iowa State earned a trip to the NCAA Division I men's golf championship for the first time since 1953.

The last time the Iowa State Cyclones competed as a team in the NCAA Division I men's golf championship, Dwight Eisenhower had just been inaugurated as President of the United States, Mount Everest had still not been conquered, and Ben Hogan was on his way to winning the Masters, U.S. Open and Open Championship in the same season.

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On Sunday, the Cyclones snapped a 61-year NCAA championship appearance drought by finishing in a tie for fourth place at the regional in Columbia, Mo. That advances them to this week's championship at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan. And the Iowa State women also made history by qualifying for the NCAA Division I women's golf championship for the first time. 

There are no official records kept of such a feat, but the 61-year span between appearances is believed to be the longest in NCAA golf championship history.

The Cyclones started out the final day of their regional three strokes out, but shot a combined 9-under par on the front nine en route to a school-record 270, the best round of the day.

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Fourth-year head coach Andrew Tank, a native of Des Moines, was thrilled with the way his team has played this year.

“I’m not sure how to put it into words how happy I am for the guys,” Tank said. “It’s pretty emotional and really special. It’s something as a team was our goal at the beginning of the season. We knew we could do it. But, you never know how you react once you actually achieve your goal. It’s a great feeling.”

Iowa State hopes the wait between championship appearances won't take another 61 years. The school has made a commitment to its golf programs, recently opening a new $2 million golf-only center that ranks among the best in the country. The facility has a spacious clubhouse and 11 greens, a pair of fairways and bunkers, rough and a water hazard for the Cyclones to practice on.

"It's going to get us a lot of attention and shine a light on the program, which we're really excited about," Tank told the Associated Press. "I knew the potential was here, and I knew with the right ingredients in place that Iowa State could be very successful. But it's happened a little bit quicker than I expected."