Mike Russell. 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. 


Greg graduated from Utah State, worked at two Utah newspapers, the St. Petersburg Times, the Albany Democrat-Herald in Oregon and moved to Tucson to cover UA football and baseball. He became the Star's sports columnist in 1984.