Mike Russell. Photo courtesy of The Stone Canyon Club

Photo courtesy of The Stone Canyon Club

At the 17th tee, Russell, the Stone Canyon director of golf, knew he needed an eagle and a birdie to shoot 59. He hit his drive at No. 17 — a tricky, short par-4 — to within 5 feet. Eagle. At 18, he needed a 16-foot birdie putt to drop. Bingo. He shot 31-28—59. 

Sports columnist for the Arizona Daily Star.