By Glenmore Jones
Register Golf Columnist
Last Monday and Tuesday, both the EKU men’s and women’s golf teams were in action. They were both competing in the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate in Sevierville, Tenn., at the Sevierville Golf Club.
The event was hosted by Tennessee Tech.
The men’s nine-team event was contested on the River Course which was a par 72, 6,928-yard course. The Colonels’ total score of 603 made a great run at the championship, but they fell 10-strokes short of catching Tennessee Tech, 593. They wound up tied for the second spot with Newberry College. The event was scheduled for 54 holes but was shortened to 36 due to inclement weather.
Taylor Riggs led EKU with a two-over par 146 and tied for third overall. Garrett Hinton tied for fifth with a three-over 147; Stuart Witt tied for 15th with 150; Daniel DeLuca tied for 46th with 160 and Zack Butler was 60th with 171. Johan Erikkson, playing as an individual, tied for 15th with a 150.
The Colonels are getting closer to winning one for the Gipper — coach Pat Stephens. Maybe they can secure a win at the three-day C & F Intercollegiate that began Sunday and finishes today.
The Lady Colonels placed sixth in the 13-team TTU event and two of them finished in the top 10. They played on the Highlands Course, a par 71, 5,802-yard course.
Leading EKU was April Emerson and Rachel Welker — 157. They tied for ninth overall. Anna Gleixner, 158, was one shot behind and tied for 12th. Becky Sharpe, 164, tied for 38th, Nicki Henry, 178, tied for 61st. Kristen Dorsey, playing as an individual, tied for 27th with a 161.
EKU posted a 36-hole total of 636, two shots behind fifth and one shot in front of seventh-place Belmont. The host team, Tennessee Tech, 622, won the event. They were not very charitable as they swept both the men’s and women’s championships.
The ladies have the talent. If they could get those sweet swings to hitting on the same cylinders at the right time they can step into that winner’s circle along with coach Mike Whitson.
The Colonels are playing today in the John Kirk Panther Intercollegiate hosted by Georgia State. Hit it straight and make those putts!
MCC on the move
There is a lot of hammering and construction noise going on right now at the Madison Country Club.
The MCC has leased the clubhouse and the pool area to an enterprising young company that are planning on opening a sports bar and restaurant in the upstairs of the clubhouse and also utilizing the swimming pool area for a deck and tiki bar.
Childers Construction Company has already built a new deck in the pool area. They will be adding two new restrooms to the upstairs area, remodeling the kitchen, a bar and a covered patio room that will extend some 40 feet out on the south (pretty view) side of the clubhouse.
In the terms of the lease, the present members of the club still have the exclusive right to occupy the downstairs as has been done in the past. The Pro Shop and golf course are not part of the new lease but will still be operated by Madison Country Club.
Enthusiasm is running at an all-time high. It is great to see the old clubhouse being repaired and getting a new look after all these years. The old fun club can still live up to that name.
Good Luck to the new tenants.
Hopefully to see an American, Tiger Woods, back in the number one spot in the World’s Best Golfer rankings.
(Late news — Tiger just won Bay Hill and that put him back in the number one spot. You da man!)
To see spring rear her beautiful head and let us get back outside and swing a golf club.
Love doesn’t make the world go round, but it makes the ride worthwhile — Franklin P. Jones.