By Glenmore Jones
Register Golf Columnist
Last Saturday, 18 foursomes teed it up at the Berea Country Club in a Kentucky National Guard Memorial Scramble on a beautiful day for golf.
There was a morning and afternoon session. The players did not go hungry as there were hot dogs, sausages and hot wings on the grill all day and plenty of beverages.
Hoisting the flag of victory at the end of a fun and competitive day on the links was the team of Ronnie Garland, Marty Anderson, Bobby Wilson and Roy Smith with an incredible 49 (-23). They were aided with mulligans, skirts and throws.
Second-place honors went to the team of Gary Rose, Dan Crawford, David Veard and Mike Sparks with a 53. Third place went to Ricky Clontz, Larry Huffman, Mark Buttry and John Helton with a 54.
In the special events, the most accurate drive for the ladies was Lynn Lainhart and for the men Larry Huffman. Longest putt for men on No. 1 was Roy Smith and for the ladies on No. 4 was Leah Baldwin.
On Friday night preceding the tournament there was a “meet and greet” that was followed by a putting contest conducted by Jeanne McConnell and Kathy Broaddus that did quite well.
There was an impressive changing of the colors ceremony with Jack Hissom and Marvin Bauer lowering the existing flag and folding it militarily. They then raised the new flag and the Color Guard fired a 21-gun salute to the colors.
The Color Guard was comprised of veterans from our military forces and members of local veterans clubs. This was followed by a beautiful rendition of our national anthem sung by Carolyn Romano.
Carolyn is a sophomore and Music Major at Berea College and hails from Virginia.
This ceremony brought tears to my eyes.
It brought back so many memories of World War II when I lost six friends and schoolmates. I was a bugler early in the war until I volunteered for sea duty. After the war, I played taps at several military funerals at Camp Nelson for our military who gave their lives that we may stay free.
The American Legion furnished the Color Guard and I remember Harry Storms drove the bus we took to Camp Nelson.
After the changing of colors, several dignitaries gave speeches honoring the Guard, veterans and the military for their sacrifices in keeping our country free and safe from aggression. They were Jason Lemay, Truman Fields, Larry Combs, Bud Montgomery and Mary Long.
Jeanne McConnell did a fantastic job as chairman to put this tournament on and to raise funds for the Kentucky National Guard Memorial.
EKU ties for seventh at Bearcat Invitational
Last Monday and Tuesday the Colonels golf team teed it up in the Bearcat Invitational in Hebron.
The 13-team event took place at the par 72, 7,100-yard Tradition Golf Club, hosted by the University of Cincinnati.
Johan Eriksson led the Colonels with a +5 (221) and a tie for 18 overall. Stuart Witt was second with a +6 (222) and in a tie for 20th. Zack Butler was third with a +16 (232) and 30th overall. Garrett Hinton was fourth, with +18 (234) and a tie for 55th and Danny Bishop was fifth with +23 (239) tying for 64th.
Taylor Riggs, playing as an Individual, was the star for the Colonels with a -1 (215) and finished sixth individually.
The team title was taken by Austin Peay with a three-round total of 867. Belmont placed second with a 873 and Marshall, 878, was third. EKU, 901, finished five shots behind sixth-place Cleveland State, 896.
The Colonels are currently in action in the Western Kentucky Invitational in Bowling Green.
Good luck fells and get that “A” game going again before the end of the fall season.
EKU women face tough competition
On Oct. 12 through 14, the Lady Colonels faced the strongest field of the year in the Mercedes Benz Collegiate Championship hosted by the University of Tennessee.
The Colonels finished 16th overall.
Freshman Becky Sharpe led EKU and finished 42nd overall in a field of 90 of the top golfers in the nation. She set a career-low with a 54-hole total of 227, 19 shots better than her previous low of 246 at the Redbird Invitational.
Wow! You da lady!
This year the event featured 16 teams, 11 of which advanced or had an individual advance to near postseason last season. It showcased five teams in the top 30 in Golf Week, Sagarin and Golf Stat Ratings.
The Lady Colonels faced some tough competition last week and that is the key to success. Playing against the best you will get better.
The ladies conclude their fall schedule this week at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate in Waynesville, NC.
Rally for a cure tourney at BGAD
This past Saturday, a Rally for a Cure Scramble was held at BGAD and everyone had a great time.
First place went to the team of Roger Van Winkle, Angie Withers, Ron Scott and Steve Cooper. In second place was the team of J. C. Adams, Damien Adams, Perry Wyrick and Troy Connor.
Thanks to Sandy Hill and Teresa Wyrick for the great food and donations given by the people of Madison County.
The tournament was a lot of fun with the money going to a good cause.
Saturday, Oct. 20 – The Third “Now” Tournament at Gibson Bay on the Short Course. Entry fee is $20 per person or $80 per team plus two cans of food or two household items like laundry detergent or toilet paper. Singles come on out. We will put you on a team. Also men and women teams are fine. It is all for fun ad we need the players. Lots of prizes! Registration and coffee with donuts 9 a.m., with tee time at 10 a.m. This is for a fund-raiser for Health Now and Grace Now. Last year we raised $950 and we can beat that!
Saturday, Oct. 27 – Amateur Boxing Show at Igo’s Boxing and Fitness Center at 117 N. Fairview Street. Weigh in at 4 p.m., with show time at 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Come out and support Edna and Emmitt Igo in their endeavor to make a difference in the community. They need all the support they can get and it is for the betterment of youth. Mahalo to you all.
November 2 at BGAD Pioneer Golf Course — Day-Night Scramble. Entry fee is $35 and includes 18 holes golf, cart and lunch. Format is nine holes starting at 5:30 p.m. then lunch and last nine holes after dark using glow balls and flagsticks. Fun event! For info, call 779-7222.
It is never too late to give up our prejudices.
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Until next time … live, love, laugh and learn, Glenmore.