Jackson, Rice tackling one of area's toughest golf courses

September 9, 2013
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Bo Jackson and Jerry Rice will tee it up this Tuesday at The Bridgewater Club in Carmel at a golf outing to raise funds for qualified, not-for-profit organizations that provide community-based access to athletics for children under the age of 18.

Event organizers hope to raise $350,000 at the 11th annual Finish Line Youth Foundation golf outing on Tuesday. Finish Line vendors, business partners and employees will be among those teeing it up with Jackson, a former Heisman Trophy winner who went on to star in the NFL and Major League Baseball, and Rice, who is an NFL Hall of Famer considered by many to be the best wide receiver ever.

Jackson and Rice are expected to tee off around 11 a.m. and will talk to members of the local media shortly before that. Finish Line Chairman and CEO Glenn Lyon also will address the media on Tuesday.

Jackson and Rice should find plenty of challenges Tuesday. According to U.S. Golf Association slope ratings, The Bridgewater Club, a private club that opened in 2003, is the eighth toughest in central Indiana. It was designed by famed course designer Pete Dye.

The Finish Line has long been active in a variety of youth causes. The Indianapolis-based retail chain and its Youth Foundation just completed a 19-day Back to School Drive in Finish Line stores nationwide that raised $513,330 for Special Olympics.


  • Bo
    Bo knows Bridgewater!
  • Small Biz Opportunity
    I am with Millennium Gear, a small minority business headquartered in Indianapolis specializing in football uniforms and accessories. How do we network at this event?
  • Which youth programs get the money?
    I do hope that some of the "qualified, not-for-profit organizations that provide community-based access to athletics for children under the age of 18" operate outside of the Carmel area.
    • Bridgewater
      You mean they allow people who live outside The Bridgewater housing society inside and on the course?
    • Golf
      Is the performing arts center getting any $$? They seem to be in need
    • Bo Knows Geography
      Bo knows that the Bridgewater Club is in Westfield, not Carmel.
    • Address
      That's odd, because The Bridgewater Club's own web site lists their address as 3535 E. 161st St., Carmel 46033. But maybe that's just the club's mailing address.
    • Ok, then
      Just called The Bridgewater Club, and they said "we're at the crossroads of Carmel, Westfield and Noblesville." The club's mailing address is Carmel, but I'm told by club officials that if you search for the facility via GPS it comes up as Noblesville. However, a club official said, they are "actually kind of in Westfield."
    • Westfield
      Anthony-just razzing you a little, while make poor attempts at "Bo knows" jokes. Hopefully no hard feelings. Anything north of 146th is Westfield, except one apartment complex that wanted an exemption and is technically Carmel. Anything west of Hazel Dell is Westfield as well. The problem is that the Bridgewater Club was a tree farm years ago when the post office laid out the zip codes. So yes, the mailing address is Noblesville, the website says Carmel,but they are most definitely in Westfield. Clear as mud. The various cities are all fighting with the post office to clear things up in general, but to no avail yet.
      • No hard feelings
        No hard feelings, Diddley. Thanks for reading ... and commenting. And helping clear up a confusing situation with the club's address.
      • Bridgewater is in CARMEL
        To set everyone straight, Bridgewater is DEFINITELY in CARMEL. If you Google Carmel IN 46033 you will clearly see there is a section north of 146th that is Carmel between Carey and Gray roads. Bridgewater intentionally fought to keep their Carmel address. I also lived north of 146th street nearby and also had a Carmel address. So to set the record straight, Bridgewater is definitley 100% in Carmel. The guideline given by Diddley is a good rule of thumb but Bridgewater is the exception.
        • Still in Westfield
          To respond to Bridgewater Facts, addresses are set by the post office according to zip code and have nothing to do with physical location (as dumb as that sounds, look it up). So there are Westfield residences and businesses with Westfield, Carmel, and Noblesville addresses (and maybe even Sheridan), but they are all in the city of Westfield. My one mistake was saying Hazel Dell instead of Gray Road as the eastern border. Bridgewater is in Westfield, along with anything north of 146th, except for the apartment complex at 146th and Springmill. I don't know what map you are using, but here is the official Hamilton County map, also used on the Westfield and Carmel official websites: http://gis.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/FlexViewer/Index.html
        • Slow day...
          By the looks of it, a couple of you have a slow day at work!
        • Bridgewater
          The property is located in Westfield. The area is served by Westfield schools and services. The club petitioned to have a Carmel address at its inception.
        • Irony
          There is some irony in someone naming themselves "Facts" and then with conviction writing something completely incorrect.
        • Ridiculous Addresses
          This has gone on long enough. Bridgewater is in Westfield. They pay Westfield taxes and go to Westfield schools. Village Farms is another neighborhood with a Carmel address that is Westfield. There are also areas in west Carmel that have Westfield addresses and other areas in Westfield that have Noblesville addresses. It is pure deception and it needs to be corrected.

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        1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

        2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

        3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

        4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

        5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.