By Glenmore Jones
Register Golf Columnist
Fifty-five golfers teed it up last Friday in the Ed Miracle Memorial Scholarship Golf Scramble at the Battlefield Golf Club. It was an eighteen-hole mixed scramble. Playing in the tournament were several former football and basketball players from Lynch and Madison Central High schools who had played under Coach Ed Miracle. Joe and Brenda Blankenship’s son, Troy, who was a former member of Madison Central’s golf team when Ed was Coach, came to town to play in the scramble.
Stepping into the winners circle at the end of a fun day of golf was the team of Raymond Ross, Ron Eden, Alan Feldhaus and Brandon Fritz with a score of 55. Taking second place honors, also with a score of 55 but losing on a scorecard match, was Jeff S. Mounts, Roy Quigley, John Newton and Bob Vincent.
In the special events, the longest drive for the men was Josh Rothermel on number one and Richard Brown on number 14. Longest drive for the women was Pat Ison on number nine and Beverly Fultz on number 11. Closest to the pin winners were Pat Ison on number two, Josh Rothermel on number 15, Billy Estes on number six and Derek Hicks on number 17.
After play the golfers gathered at the verandah for refreshments and a delicious buffet of chili dogs and hamburgers with all the trimmings, prepared by tournament chairwoman Brenda Blankenship, with help from volunteers.
Brenda Blankenship, as Chairwoman, worked hard to see this tournament was a success which it was. They raised more than $5,000 that will go into a scholarship fund for some worthy seniors at Lynch and Madison Central High Schools.
Ed wanted the Scholarship Foundation established because he knew how important an education was to young people. He said he would not have gone to college if it had not been for his football scholarship to EKU.
I have played golf several times with Ed and his wife, Donna, and never knew that he was a great coach. He was a quiet man as far as his achievements were concerned. He was the Coach of the 60’s in Kentucky while football coach. While at Lynch High School he won four state titles and was runner-up four times.
WOW! A Dynasty.
He also won Class A Coach of the Year in Kentucky in 1963.
Ed came to Madison Central High School in 1973 and coached football till 1984, and also was golf coach. For two years he coached the basketball team, winning the Mid-State Conference one of those years. Ed is enshrined in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame. He was truly a miracle. He is gone but not forgotten.
Golfers tee it up for Hospice
Saturday at Battlefield thirty-two players took to the links in a scramble to benefit Hospice Care Plus. The event was sponsored by Gillum’s Sports Bar and Grill.
After a wonderful day of golf the team raising the victory flag was John Helton, Canon Dees, Mick Kubala and Jeff McHone with a score of 57. In second place was Jeff Gillum, Raymond Ross, Dwight Pope and Jeremy Rigney with a score of 58.
In the special events, closest to the pin on number six was Ron Eden, and on number 17, Jeff Gillum. The longest drive on number one and number 14 was won by John Cecil.
After play, all the players enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Gillum’s Sports Bar and Grill. It was a good boost to Hospice which has been serving Jackson, Lee, Madison, Estill and Rockcastle counties for more than thirty years. Thanks to the generosity of Jeff and Kelly Gillum for making this possible.
Relatives shine at MCC Member/Member
Friday and Saturday the Annual Madison Country Club’s Member/Member took place beginning with the exciting shootout on Friday night. Picking up a big chunk of the marbles, after almost getting knocked out on the first hole, was my brother-in-law, Kenny Wilson, and his partner Steve Brandenburg. Second were Brent Mainous and Chad Broaddus; Third was the duo of Luke Wright and Buddy Stone.
Saturday the teams played three nine-hole matches. The first nine was a best ball, the second nine a shamble and the third nine a scramble.
After the weary players trudged to the clubhouse following a long day on the golf course, an 80-year-young man and his partner reigned supreme. That was first cuz, Don Edward, and his partner Ron Cornett. They shot a winning eight under par for the day.
Don got some of those good genes and Ron had a good day.
You da men!
Second Place honors went to Travis Broaddus and Joe Robertson with a six under par. Third was Luke Wright and B. Broaddus with a five under. Hubert Broaddus, as Chairman, did his usual fine job of putting together another fun event at the old fun club. Keep it going.
July 11 — Arlington Golf Course — Colonel Classic — Entry fee $150. Entry deadline is July 5. Pre-tournament food and beverages, post tournament dinner, special Colonel Club Golf Classic gifts. Registration is 11 a.m. at the Mule Barn, where the lunch will be served. Shotgun start at noon. Sponsored by Kentucky Bank. For information call 622-2046 or e-mail TrekaAdams@eku.edu.
July 12-14 — Berea Country Club — Men’s Invitational Tournament. Entry fee $130 (cart not included) includes dinner and music Saturday night and practice round. Friday night shootout starting at 5 p.m. All flights pay four places cash prizes. Tee times begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Sunday flights and tee times will be determined by Saturday’s score. Field will be limited to 96 players. For information call the Pro Shop at 986-7141.
We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them — Albert Einstein
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Until next time … live, love, laugh and learn, Glenmore.