By Glenmore Jones
Register Golf Columnist
The Eastern Kentucky University women’s golf team opened the 2013-14 season with a victory in the four-team Kentucky Regional Rivalry last week in Lexington.
Sophomore Anna Gleixner captured the individual title for the Colonels.
EKU’s thirty-six hole total of 585 was seven shots better than second-place Morehead State with 592.
EKU opened play on Monday with a first-round score of 290, which is the second-lowest round total in program history. And Tuesday’s final round of 295 is now the fourth lowest in program history.
Wow! That’s great golf, ladies!
Western Kentucky, 596, placed third and Northern Kentucky, 615, finished fourth.
The event was held at Kearney Hills Golf Links, a par 72, 6,120 yard course in Lexington.
Gleixner led the Colonels with a one-under par 143 for the two days. She finished one shot in front of Morehead State’s Anna Appartlund, 144. Fellow sophomore Becky Sharp, 146, tied for third. She shot a two-under par 70 on Monday, which tied for the second-lowest individual round in EKU history.
Sophomore Rachel Welker tied for 11th with a 150. Freshman Sophie Levin tied for 18th with a 151 and freshman Emilie Simmons shot 153 and tied for 15th. Her even-par round of 72 was a big help on Monday.
Nicki Henry, playing as an individual, shot a 78-81 for 159.
This is a great start for the reigning OVC champions. With three experienced sophomores and two promising freshmen on board, things look bright for the young Lady Colonels and coach Mike Whitson in the coming years.
Keep it going and my hats off to you sweet singers.
The Colonels will be back in action on Sept. 16 and 17 at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate in Waynesville, NC.
Special thanks to assistant director of athletic public relations, Kevin Britton, for the report.
100-Hole Golf Classic
Madison Central golf coach Tim Stephens and Gibson Bay professional Jason Eberle got their heads together and came up with a unique format for a fund-raiser for Central’s golf team and the Kentucky Golf Association, which supports the First Tee Program.
The first Classic was held this past Sunday. Thirteen of Central’s golf team members and three other participants tried to finish 100 holes of play on the Gibson Bay Short Course in one day. Donors had promised to contribute so much per hole finished.
There was one Central player who finished the 100 holes and that was Tyler Crafton. Coach Stephens and Ethan Gabbard finished 89 holes.
Coach did not get an early start as he was the starter and teed off late. Eberle and most of the players played 72 holes before other duties called them away just before dark.
The total holes played by all the players was 1,329.
I sat in the refreshment tent and watched the players come through for water, Gatorade and soda. About 5 p.m. Jason Eberle’s wife, Stacie, brought 10 Little Ceasar’s Pizzas to the center that were quickly consumed. Volunteer Mike Miller was in the tent recording the holes played and the scores. Frank Skipworth was also there to fill in where needed.
There were a lot of tired players that came through. Tyler Crafton must have walked seven miles in the 100 holes played.
You da man, Ty!
It was a very successful fund-raiser for the first one and Jason and Tim plan on making it bigger and better next year. They have already planned on starting earlier in the day.
Congratulations on a job well done.
Berea member/guest a big hit
Sixty players teed it up in the Berea Country Club’s Member/Guest tournament.
It was a great weekend of golf and frolic.
In the shootout on Friday, Steve Brandenburg chipped one in on No. 9 (again!) to win for him and his partner Jim Tillery. Whitney Maupin and Mark Spicer came in second with Kenny Hayes and Eric Thomas taking third.
Hoisting the victory flag on Sunday afternoon, after 36 holes of play, was Greg and Benny Prater, 125, with a one stroke win over Whitney Maupin and Mark Spicer, 126. The First Flight was won by Kenny Hayes and Eric Thomas, 131, and second place was Margaret Farmer and Matt Brown, 134. Second Flight was won by Jeanie McConnell and Mary Parker, 150, and second was Gary Rose and Mason Anglin, 151.
In the special events the winners were: Nikki Layne — Women Most Accurate Drive No. 6; Jody Glenn — Men Most Accurate Drive No. 6; Adrienne Crowe — Women Longest Drive No. 9; Matt Brown — Men Longest Drive No. 9; Barbara Belcher — closest to the pin on No. 2 and Gary Rose — was closest to the pin on No. 5.
The special events were on Saturday’s play only.
Kenny Hayes had a hole-in-one on No. 11 on Sunday during the tournament.
Ouch! You da man, Kenny!
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Until next time … live, love, laugh and learn, Glenmore.