The Richmond Register

April 23, 2013

GLENMORE: Colonels surge into first at OVC meet

By Glenmore Jones
Register Golf Columnist

RICHMOND — The Colonels used some sweet swinging on Monday to move into first place at the Ohio Valley Conference Championships in Dickson, Tenn.

EKU was tied for second place after Sunday’s opening round, but will carry a five-shot lead into today’s final round.

Wow!

EKU’s second-round score of 300 was five shots better than any other team. The Colonels began the day tied with Morehead State, but with a two-round total of 608, EKU has a big advantage over the Eagles (613).

Jacksonville State (615) is third at seven shots back.

“We had a great round today,” EKU coach Mike Whitson said. “I think this round today just shows the improvement of the  team over the course of the year. We got some puts to go in early in the round and got some momentum early in the day.”

Senior Kristen Dorsey led EKU on Monday with a 2-under round of 70, the best individual round of the tournament. She climbed from a tie for 17th to a tie for first place with a 36-hole total of 149.

She is tied with Morehead State’s Katie Rice.

Dorsey blistered the back nine. She made the turn at 2-over before firing four birdies and five pars on the next nine holes.

Freshman Anna Gleixner (151) followed a first round 75 with a second round 76 and sits in fourth place overall. Freshman Becky Sharpe (152) began  the day tied for first but fell back to a tie for fifth after a second round 78.

Senior April Emerson and freshman Rachel Welker (164) each shaved four shots off their first-round scores. Emerson is tied for 17th after a second round 76. Welker is tied for 32nd after a round of 80.

Good luck today, ladies!

Bring home the title!

One incredible journey

The first tractor that the Madison Country Club owned is a story that boggles my mind.

It was a converted Model T Ford that was driven to Richmond from California by Jim Carr back in 1923. That was the second year of the MCC’s existence.

I owned a Model T in 1938 that I bought for $10, so I know how hard they were to start and how tiring they were to operate.  

The second day I owned it I blew a head gasket going to Boonesborough.  

For Jim Carr to drive a car like that over the rough two-lane roads we had back then is one remarkable adventure. The cruising speed of that car was about 30 miles an hour and the distance was 2,500 miles so that would take him nine hard, hard days of driving if he had no flat tires or engine problems, which would have been almost impossible.

What Jim Carr had was that adventurous spirit that was so prevalent at that time and is what made this country great. When he got to Richmond he took the car to Luxon’s garage and their mechanic changed the gear ratio from 30 miles per hour to eight.  That was the Madison Country Club’s first tractor and served them well until a used Farmall was purchased from Harry Hanger Jr.

All I can say to Jim Carr is Wow! and “you da man!”

Mahalo to Harold Oldham for writing the book “Fore and Back” which covers the first 50 years of the Madison Country Club which opened in 1922. I always considered Harold the father of the MCC.

This story came from that book.

Upcoming events

Saturday and Sunday — President’s Cup between Madison Country Club and Blue Grass Army Depot.

April 28 at Battlefield – Madison Central Project Graduation. Cost $50 per person, $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.

May 4 at Berea Country Club — Derby Day Scramble. Tee time is noon and cost is $10 plus all cart and green fees apply. After the scramble there will be a Derby Party upstairs with hors d’oeuvres and the Run for the Roses at 6:24 p.m. and Rick Arnold playing at 7:00. There will be a $5 cover charge.

May 11 at Bluegrass Army Depot – The Kentucky Fire AAU Boys Basketball Golf Scramble. Registration at 8:15 a.m., tee time 9:00. Cost is $35.00 per team member and includes lunch and cart, (14 teams of 4). First prize — $70 per team member; second - $35 per player. For info, contact Teresa Jefferson at (859) 582-3782 or  JeffersonT@berea.edu.

Final thought

Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure — Don Wilder

If you have any news, stories, holes-in-one or tournament information send to  glenmorejones@gmail.com.

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