Last Tuesday, Carolyn and I left Richmond late in the afternoon and headed for Augusta, Ga., for the annual Golf Writers Association of America’s Awards Dinner.
We got as far as Sweetwater, Tenn. before we ran out of gas and crashed for the night.
The next morning we got up early and headed for Madison, Ga., where we had reserved a room at Quality Inn at double their normal rate as it was Masters week.
We changed into our “Sunday Go To Meeting Clothes” and drove the remaining 90 miles to beautiful Savannah Rapids Pavilion outside Augusta where the dinner is always held.
We were enjoying a cocktail on the patio overlooking the beautiful river when Carolyn spotted my friend Joe Hallett, who was accompanied by the vibrant No. 1 woman golfer in the world, Stacy Lewis.
Joe has been her coach since late in 2009 and among other swing changes she has gained 25 yards in driving distance plus better control since working with Joe.
When Joe saw us coming he rushed over and gave us a big bear hug.
Wow! That hug meant so much to me, it was worth the trip to Georgia.
Carolyn and I had a very interesting conversation with Joe and Stacy for about 10 minutes. I was impressed with what a wonderful, down-to-earth, person Stacy Lewis is. She has overcome many physical problems with her back to grit it out and become number one in the world.
You da Lady!
Tim Rosaforte, a Golf World writer, was the Master of Ceremonies. The awards given out were: Rory McIlroy — Male Player of the Year; Stacy Lewis — Female Player of the Year; K. J. Choi — Charlie Bartlett Award; David Meador — Ben Hogan Award and Laura Davies — The Jim Murray Award.
There were many writing awards given to the great writers in all the popular magazines.
It was wonderful to listen to all these great golfers and writers make their acceptance speeches. It was also enjoyable to mingle with them on the patio during cocktail hour and converse with them.
I was really impressed with Tim Rosaforte. He was not only the MC but also came around to our table and many others and shook hands with everyone.
What a nice person!
Carolyn and I really enjoyed our tiring, quick, trip to this event but it was well worth our effort. It will be in our memory bank forever and makes my cup runneth over once again.
Masters Scramble at Berea Country Club
On Saturday, four teams teed it up in a unique Masters Scramble at the Berea Country Club.
There were two four-person teams and two five-person teams. Each team drew a name out of a hat for the top four players on the leaderboard at the Masters. This players Saturday’s score was added to the teams score to come up with the winner.
Picking up most of the marbles was the team of Whitney Maupin, Dan Reynolds, Kim Gilliam and Blake Maupin. They had a -9 score of 63, but their Masters teammate was Jim Furyk with a two-over par score so the teams score dropped to a 7-under 65.
The second-place team consisting of Greg Prater, Ricky Clontz, Pnut Johnson, and Bob Adkins had a 64 but their Masters player was Fred Couples and he had a +5 score for the day which dropped their score to a 3-under, 69.
The third-place team was Barbara Belcher, Doug Duerson, Jody Glen and Jason Powell. They had a -3, 69 and their Masters teammate, Marc Leishman, shot an even-par round. They tied for second but lost on a scorecard match.
Fourth place went to Dean Turner, Matt Powell, Glyn Reed and Jamie Tate with a 69 but their Masters teammate, Jason Day, had a +1 score so dropped to a score of 70.
It was a beautiful day for golf and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone, even the losers!
Relay for Life a big hit
Last Friday, 22 four-person teams teed it up at Battlefield in a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
Three teams shot identical scores of -14, par 58. On a scorecard match the winners were: First – Dennis Hatfield, Conner Cornett, Madison Johnson, and Mitch Mullins; Second – Steve and Michael Bryant, Chad Bacon and Yancy and third – Ricky Clontz, Joey Centers, Bernie Harris and Larry Huffman.
There were tables loaded with prizes so I am sure the winners and many non-winners got prizes also. Chairwoman Lynn Hisle and her committee did a fine job of getting so many people to play this early in the season.
Well done, Lynn!
Thanks to Head Pro Clay Hammrick for the info.
EKU seventh at Grub Mart Invitational
The EKU men’s golf team teed it up last Monday and Tuesday in Jacksonville, Ala., in the 21st-annual Grub Mart Intercollegiate.
They finished seventh with a score of 924.
The event was contested at the par 72, 6,886-yard Silver Lakes Course.
Host Jacksonville State, 869, captured the team title by 17 shots over Columbus State, 886. Johan Eriksson led the Colonels with a 228; Taylor Riggs had 232; Stuart Witt, Garrett Hinton and Daniel DeLuca all had identical scores of 236.
The Colonels will be back in action at the Ohio Valley Championship in Dickson, Tenn. on April 25-27.
Good luck, guys!
Saturday at Battlefield – Model Project Graduation. Cost is $75 per person and includes cart, green fee and lunch. Lots of prizes. Tee time at 9 a.m. For info, call Doug Dirks at 314-1114.
April 27-28 — Presidents Cup between Madison Country Club and Blue Grass Army Depot.
April 27 at Battlefield – Madison Central Project Graduation. Cost is $50 per person or $200 per team includes cart, green fee and lunch. Prizes: First — $300; Second — $250 and third — $200. There will also be prizes for closest to pin and long drive. For info call Donya Smith at 624-5535.
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Until next time ... live, love, laugh and learn, Glenmore.