The Richmond Register


July 14, 2014

GLENMORE: Colonel Club Golf Classic a great success

RICHMOND — This year’s Colonel Club Golf Classic was bigger than last year with 38 four-person teams teeing it up.

The day started with a tasty lunch at the Mule Barn compliments of EKU Dining Services, Aramark.

After lunch, Colonel Club president Shawn Hamilton welcomed the players and expressed his appreciation for their support. Then tournament chairman Dan McBride, the associate athletics director for external relations, spoke on behalf of EKU and gave instructions of play and sent the players to their respective tees for the shotgun start.

Stepping into the winner’s circle in the A Flight was “Geo’s Team” with a winning score of 50, 24-under par.


The team members were Tom Giacchini, Lee Sewell, Justin Moore, and Donnie Rardin.

The B Flight was won by the Mann Chrysler Team with John Gray, Blake Hymer, Andrew Hatton and Scott Webb. 

The C Flight was won by Omni Architects with Sam Halley, Greg Carter, Ethan Buell, and Chris Nelms.

(Sorry did not have scores for these flights)

In the special events, the winners were:  Women’s long drive – Lori Duncan. Men’s long drive – Stan Wylie. They won EKU Colonel gear prizes.

Closest to the pin winners were: No. 5 — John Gray, No. 7 — Stan Wylie, No. 14 — Chris Stovenour and No. 16 — Bill Upchurch.

The SAASC Putting Contest winner was John McPhearson.

All of these good people won Arlington Pro Shop Gift Cards.

After play, the players retired to the Mule Barn for refreshments and a delicious steak and chicken buffet compliments of Outback Steakhouse. Beverages on the course were provided by Pepsi Cola. At the conclusion, Dan McBride and his staff announced the winners and presented them their prizes.

It was another very successful Colonel Club fund-raiser and shows what good support they get from sports fans and the businesses in Richmond.

I forgot to mention Kentucky Bank, who was the main sponsor for the tournament. 

Hats off to a lot of good, generous people. 


Special thanks to Treka Adams for getting me the results and my sports editor Nathan Hutchinson for the good pictures and publicity you gave the Colonel Club.

You da man!

My friends

Two of my life-long friends left this old world for that great mansion in the sky last week.

They were Stafford Nelson and Blaine Clark.

Stafford was my cousin and we have known each other since we were little tots. We both played basketball under coach Ralph Carlisle and teed it up at the Madison Country Club many times. One year he and I (while we were in high school) sneaked in a swim on Arnold Hanger’s lower pond in March and had bragging rights for the first swim. Stafford and his wife, Jane, were our running mates in high school and we had many good times together.

Blaine was another good friend whom I got to know after World War II. He was a good basketball player and an excellent baseball player. He lived in the country and played sports for Kingston High early on.  He moved to Richmond when he was 15 and played at Madison High until he graduated. He was a fast little guard and confused the defense by driving the bucket and instead of laying it up right handed he would shift to the left and lay it in left handed.

He played on the 1945 team that went to the state tournament. In 1946 he was team captain. Their coach was Bob Ackerman. 

Madison High School had some very good teams in those years. Blaine also played center field on the baseball team. The man who coached the team was retired Hall of Famer Earl Combs, who did it as a labor of love.


I had many good times with Blaine and Reba and the last great time together was on the banks of the Ohio River at a cookout in a trailer summer resort upriver from Cincinnati where Blaine owned a trailer.

Both Stafford and Blaine loved their families and were close knit. Their children and grandchildren showed their love by taking good care of them in their later years. 

May God be with both of you forever.

Upcoming events

Saturday 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.

This is for a good cause and we need more teams to make it work. I have talked to several of coach Miracle’s former players and this is what they said about Ed Miracle.

Mike Russell said he was a basketball player and when Ed Miracle took over as football and basketball coach at Central he asked Mike to come out for football. Mike was a little reluctant and Miracle said, “You play football or you will not play basketball.”  What happened is Mike made All-State as an end in football.

Mike said Coach helped him as a person.

I talked to Joe David Turner and Doug Vescio and they were both high on Ed as a great coach. They both said Miracle changed the face of football at Madison Central. They agreed Miracle was way ahead of his time in play calling and introduced a lot of trick play passes in the game that made it fun and the players looked forward to 3 p.m. and practice. 

Every week he had a new play up his sleeve. Both men said he could spot talent and develop it. Also the bigger the game the more intense he got. Both Doug and Joe got scholarships in college and got their college degrees thanks in big part to Ed Miracle, who always was thankful for receiving a degree at Eastern because he was a talented football player.

That is why I ask you good people to get up a team and lets give a couple of kids a chance to get a college degree.


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