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ok two Items then im done.
1: how about contacting the local scrap yards and faxing over or emailing a picture, give them a $100 reward for their purchase of it and notification to police.
2: how about a tracking device inside/incorperated into the basket. Yes i imagine that it would be expensive for ALL the baskets, but lets be honest... it is usually a certain basket that is easy to steal like the Practice Basket on Lakeside. So 1 device on 1 basket on each course that is prone to theft. If the battery lasts 2 years on a new basket, I think by the time that expired, the basket has reached a good age of maturity anyway. If it is stolen just reup the contract and put a new tracker on it until we know the location isnt a high theft area. Hard to have nice things but good to protect them. (or do what we did at my golf course and have the police install a motion sensor camera next to the road so that if someone walks up it starts recording, pretty handy at catching vandals as well as theives).
The things that I find interesting about this matter is the newness of the course and the suspected means by which it was removed from its location. The location itself is fairly obvious and with all of the precipitation was there any indication of a disturbed area, footprints, digging, etc.? Then the recent blacklisting of the website with Google also sparks some curiosity.
Something about the speculation around that lock being picked just does not add up to me.
Thinking the Google blacklisting connection might be a bit of a stretch, but I'm with ya on the lock picking thing. I think someone either F'ed up and didn't close the lock properly, or it's an inside job like 9/11 only less serious.
I agree with the practice makes perfect concept, however; how do you know if you are practicing the right techniques?
Define the "right" technique...I don't think you can.
Also, I had a coach growing up that said practice makes persistent. Practice does not make perfect.
Nice work posting this, Utz. Pretty cool to see some of the KC legends.