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April 15, 2014

GLENMORE: Colonels take fourth at UK’s Bluegrass Invitational

RICHMOND — Over the weekend, the Colonel men’s golf team finished fourth in a 13-team event at the Big Blue Course at the University Club in Lexington.

Kentucky, 852, captured the team title by four shots over Auburn, 856. Cincinnati was third with 866. The Colonels, 882, finished 16 shots behind the Bearcats and seven shots in front of Bradley University.

EKU beat three other OVC schools. Tennessee Tech, 895, tied for sixth. SIU Edwardsville, 904, placed 11th and Morehead State, 919, was 12th.

Garrett Hinton led the Colonels with a one under par 215 and a tie for seventh individually. Patric Sundlof started out with a terrific four-under par 140 the first two rounds but the Golf Gods willed him to a very un-Patric like 81 the last round and a five-over par 221 to place 20th.

Ouch!

Stuart Witt, 225, and Travis Rose, 225, tied for 32nd place and Taylor Riggs, 231, tied for 62nd place. Playing as individuals, Daniel DeLuca tied for 45th with a 12 over par 228 and Ben Purcewll was 74th with 242.

It was an excellent showing by the Colonels in their last regular event of the spring season. The Colonels will play in the 2014 OVC Championship April 25 through 27 in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Good luck fellas, and may you hit on all four cylinders and take that checkered flag.

EKU’s Levin OVC Player        of the Week again

For the fourth time this season, EKU freshman Sofie Levin was chosen as the Adidas OVC Female Golfer of the Week the league announced last Thursday.

Levin had rounds of 77 and 75 in cold, windy weather to take medalist honors in the Colonel Classic which concluded on April 5.

Her play helped the Colonels win the championship in the 12-team field. It marks the third time in the past four weeks Levin has earned OVC Golfer of the Week Awards. She currently ranks fifth in the OVC in stroke average (75.7) and has three top five finishes this year.

The EKU ladies have concluded their regular-season schedule and will take part in the Ohio Valley Conference Championship April 21 through 23 in Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Good luck to you also, ladies, and keep those championship swings grooved for this final endeavor.

Special thanks to Kevin Britton, EKU’s Assistant Director of Public Relations.

Trip to Augusta wonderful

Last Tuesday, Carolyn and I left Richmond late in the afternoon and headed for Augusta, Ga., for the annual Golf Writers Association Annual Awards Banquet. This event is held every year the night before the start of the Masters Tournament.

Last year we made it to Sweetwater, Tenn., before we crashed for the night but this year we didn’t make it to Knoxville because of a two hour delay on I-75 caused by a rock slide.

Ouch!

We crashed in Clinton, Tenn., instead.

The next morning we got up early and headed to Madison, Ga., where we had reserved a room at double their normal rate.  We changed into our “Sunday go to meeting” clothes and drove the remaining 90 miles to the Augusta Country Club in Augusta where this years banquet was held.

Going into Augusta on Washington Road is quite an experience. That street has all the fast food restaurants, supper clubs, bars and hotels and one popular place for young and old revelers.

At the cocktail party preceding the banquet, the first person I ran into was one of my favorite people and that was Tim Rosaforte. Tim writes for Golf World and Golf Digest. He is also great at reporting on televised golf tournaments and is highly regarded by fellow writers. On this night he was going to be awarded the PGA of America Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism which is a great honor. It was presented to him by Ted Bishop, the president of the PGA of America.

I shook hands with Tim and he rubbed his bald head and said, “If I had hair like yours I would be on television.” I complimented Tim on winning the achievement award and also thanked him for coming around to all the tables last year and shaking our hands. 

What a wonderful, thoughtful person.

The next person we met at the cocktail party was Inbee Park of South Korea, who at present is the No. 1 female golfer in the world. She was there to receive the “Female Player of the Year Award. She has been the number one player for 50 weeks now. 

Park was with her fiancé (and coach) Gi Hyeob Nam and her agent. She was a very nice young lady and welcomed me to take a picture with her.

After the party Carolyn and I enjoyed the delicious four-course dinner and then the awards presentations. I was disappointed that Kenny Perry did not show up to receive his Senior Player of the Year Award. I am sure Kenny had a very good reason for not being there.

It was a long day but well worth it. I shall always remember it.

I do not have enough room to go into the awards presentations and speeches so forgive me for cutting it short.

Upcoming events

April 26 at Battlefield Golf Course – The Madison Central High School Project Graduation Golf Scramble. Entry fee $50 per player or $200 per team. Also $10,000 hole-in-one prize. Shotgun start at 9 a.m.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from this fund-raiser will be used solely to sponsor this project which is an all night “lock in” for seniors the night of their graduation. For information contact  Kelly Willoughby at (859) 358-5006 or e-mail  Kelly.Willoughby@lge-ku.com.

April 26 at Arlington – Kick off Men’s League Scramble. 9 a.m. start.

Final thought

The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never scoring —Bill Copeland.

If you have any golf stories, events, tournaments, or holes-in-one to report, e-mail me at  glenmorejones@gmail.com.

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

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