By Glenmore Jones
Register Golf Columnist
Last Monday and Tuesday, the Eastern Kentucky University men’s golf team placed 13th in a field of 32 teams at the C&F Bank Intercollegiate hosted by William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA.
The event was contested on the River Course at Kingsmill, a par-70, 6,765-yard course. It was scheduled for three rounds over three days but old Mother Nature showed her teeth once again and shortened play to one 18-hole round.
Tennessee, 285, captured the team title by two shots over Florida State and Michigan, 287. The Colonels were within three shots of the Top 10 with an 18-hole total of 297.
Senior Johan Eriksson led EKU with a 3-over 73 and tied for 25th overall. Stuart Witt, 74, tied for 40th. Taylor Riggs and Garrett Hinton, 75, tied for 58th. Daniel DeLuca, 82, tied for 144th.
It was an excellent effort by the Colonels in a large, tough field of top notch teams.
Next up for the Colonels is the Grub Mart Intercollegiate hosted by Jacksonville State on April 8 and 9.
EKU women finish ninth in 14-team field
The Lady Colonels (982) finished ahead of two Ohio Valley Conference favorites — Jacksonville State (983) and Murray State (1003) — in the John Kirk/Panther Intercollegiate hosted by Georgia State.
The event was contested at Eagle’s Landing Country Club, a par-72, 6,100-yard course, located in Stockbridge, Ga.
Kent State, 931, claimed the team title and Old Dominion, 942, was second.
Freshman Anna Gleixner led EKU and tied for 22nd overall with a three-round total of 240. Fellow freshman Becky Sharp, 244, tied for 33rd. April Emerson, 249, and Kristen Dorsey, 249, tied for 46th.
The ladies will be back in action on Friday and Saturday when they play host to the Colonel Classic at Arlington.
I think both the men’s and women’s golf teams have done remarkably well considering the few days they have got to practice in this blankety-blank weather. This early time of the year definitely favors the teams that are in the southern hemisphere and get in a lot of practice rounds.
It looks like spring is on the horizon so maybe you both can catch up and step into that winners circle.
Special thanks to Kevin Britton, assistant director of athletic public relations at EKU, for keeping me posted.
Headed for Augusta
Next week on Wednesday, Carolyn and I will be headed for Augusta, Ga., and the Golf Writers Association of America awards ceremony.
It is always held the night before the start of the Masters.
This year the awards will be hosted by Jim Rosaforte and the honors go to: Rory McIlroy — Male Player of the Year; Stacy Lewis — Female Player of the Year; Roger Chapman — Senior Player of the Year; David Fay — William D. Richardson Award, to recognize an individual who has consistently made an outstanding contribution to golf; K. J. Choi — The Charlie Bartlett Award, given by the GWAA to a playing professional for unselfish contributions to the betterment of society; David Meadow — Ben Hogan Award, given annually by the GWAA to an individual who has continued to be active in golf despite a physical handicap or serious handicap; Laura Davies – Jim Murray Award, given by the GWAA to a professional for their cooperation, quotability and accommodation to the media.
This dinner is the highlight of the year for me in golf. To get to see and listen to these great golfers and golf writers receive and make their acceptance speeches is a blast.
Last year I got to chat and shake hands with a great golfer that I admire — Tom Watson. I’ve also have gotten to meet Jay Haas in 2011.
This year I hope to meet Stacy Lewis, as she has overcome terrible physical handicaps to become No. 1.
David Feherty, who is a great, comical writer for Golf Magazine, cracked me up a couple of years ago when he was speaking and said my wife is a great housekeeper as she kept both of them when we divorced.
Thursday at Madison Country Club — Men’s League begins.
April 13 at Berea Country Club – Master’s Scramble. Call 986-7141 for details.
It may not be your fault for being down, but it’s got to be your fault for not getting up — Steve Davis.
Until next time … live, love, laugh and learn, Glenmore.