The Richmond Register


July 8, 2014

GLENMORE: Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

RICHMOND — I have a lot of wonderful people to thank for the beautiful graduation ceremony that took place at Eastern Kentucky University last Tuesday.

The first person who I would like to thank is Valerie Miller, who is the academic administrative specialist in the Colleges of Arts and Science. She is the one who took the time and trouble to go back over my transcripts and piece together enough credits for me to receive an Associate Degree in General Studies with a minor in Military Science.

She also gave me a big hug.


The next thank you goes to a man that I greatly admire, EKU President Michael Benson. He is such a warm, outgoing, personable man that he is a pleasure to be around. He exudes confidence and has the poise of a good leader.

The EKU Board of Regents is to be congratulated on picking Benson to lead the school. To top it all, he is also a golfer so he has to be good.

I would also like to thank public relations student Stephanie Cole for sending us pictures of the graduation. They were surely appreciated, Stephanie.

Last, but not least, I would like to thank my sports editor Nathan Hutchinson for the wonderful write-up of the graduation and the great pictures that he took. His praise makes me feel so good and makes the writing I do worthwhile.

Over the years Nathan has supported and encouraged me, sometimes changing my headlines to make the column look better. 

Mahalo to you my friend.

At the end of the ceremony, Valerie Miller brought in a graduation cake and President Benson, Valerie, nine of my family, several EKU esteemed guests and staff enjoyed it.  The cake was a fitting end to a day that will live on in my heart as long as I am on this old earth.

God bless all you wonderful people.

Hole-in-one club

Seven-year-old John Moses of Lexington had a hole-in-one on one of the short course holes at Gibson Bay.

This happened in the junior scramble last Friday. I believe this occurred when the league was playing the big eight inch holes.

Moses hit it in the small hole on the green so I am not sure it counted for the team but it’s still a good shot!

John is Myra Davis’ grandson.

Thanks to Mark Metcalf for letting me know.

“A hidden gem” –                     Sag Hollow Golf Course

The other day, my wife, Carolyn, took me on a tour into the mountains. She wanted to see Sag Hollow.

I thought it was a state park or another scenic place she had not visited before.  When she informed me it was a nine-hole golf course in Booneville, I perked up.

Sag Hollow turned out to be one of the prettiest and exciting nine-hole golf courses I have seen in a while. It has five tees on most holes and they are knee knockers. It is on 100 acres carved out of the mountains with water present on eight of the nine holes.

It plays 6,844 yards from the gold tees and 4,566 from the reds. Course rating for the golds is 73.2/132 and the reds 68.3/118.  The course record is 65 from the golds.

The two most spectacular holes are the two par three holes, No. 3 and No. 6. The greens are 100 to 150 feet below the tees. 


The distance from the golds is 156 and 243 yards respectively. The No. 9 hole had an intimidating tee box up on the mountain and a knee knocker to climb up to. On three of the holes you should have a seat belt for the golf cart.

It is a breathtaking little golf course and worth the $14 fee just to ride the course.

When we arrived at the golf course we went into the rustic log cabin pro shop and were greeted by head pro Eric Mason and staff.

Eric is a nice young man and an outstanding golfer as well. He was Kentucky State Amateur Champion in 2001 and 2002. He also won the Berea Invitational in 2012 and I am sure many more.

Eric invited us to take a golf cart and take a tour of the course. We graciously accepted his offer. After our wonderful tour of the course we returned to the clubhouse, thanked our host and headed home.

The ride home was a trip down memory lane for me. Seventy-six years ago in 1938, I went to Booneville with the Madison High School band and we performed at the Owsley County Fair. My sister, Jane Hall, and my cousin, John Lee Jones, were also in that band.

I ran a Honey Krust Bread route in that area in 1951 and 1952, also.

On the way home, Carolyn toured down to Heidelburg on the Kentucky River which I hadn’t seen in umpteen years. We also passed Hall of Famer Earl B. Combs’ birthplace in Owsley County. I always considered Charles, Don, Craig and John Combs as friends.

It was one wonderful day for me and one of those unexpected joyful times that happen when you least expect it.


Thanks, Matey, you are tops!

Upcoming events

July 11 through 13 at Berea Country Club — Men’s Invitational. Shootout at 5 p.m. on Friday, two days of stroke play, entry fee $130, cart fee for Saturday and Sunday is $24. All flights pay four spots — $500, $300, $175 and $75. Tee times start at 8 a.m. For info, call 859-986-7141.

July 19 at Madison Country Club – The second-annual Ed Miracle Memorial Scholarship Golf Scramble. Tee time at 9 a.m. Entry fee is $50 per person, $200 per team.  Mulligans $2 each with a limit of two.  Prizes for first-place team $200 and second-place $100; Hole sponsor available for $100. Cart sponsor for $25. To enter, call Donna Miracle, 623-0482 or Carolyn Jones, 248-4273, or pick up an application at MCC, call the Pro Shop 623-6468, or e-mail and they will be glad to help you. Proceeds of this tournament benefit two 2014 high school scholarships.

July 26 at Battlefield – The Kingston Masonic Lodge No. 315 annual Tom Jones Memorial Golf Scramble. Proceeds from this tournament are used for the Lodge’s Benevolence Fund for families in need. In 2013 they helped seven families. Entry fee is $50 and includes lunch and prizes.  Shotgun start at 9 a.m. Interested players or hole sponsors should call Mark Hume 661-2030, George Pennington 248-7157 or Dennis Mills, 200-2285 for more info.

Final thought

To be the best, you must be able to handle the worst — Wilson Kanadi

If you have any golf news, tournaments, tournament results or holes-in-one, e-mail me at or call me at 623-0970.

Until next time … live, love, laugh and learn, Glenmore.

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