I am back in town after a short stint in Florida and I am raring to report golf at EKU and on the local courses -- just as soon as the old mother nature warms us up.

Just received an email from Kevin Britton, who is Assistant Athletics Director for communications and Branding at EKU.

The EKU woman's golf team was in Boca Raton, Fla., earlier this week teed it up in the Florida Atlantic University Winter Warm-Up at the Osprey Point Golf Course.

Here are the results.

The Eastern Kentucky University women's golf team improved its score in each round and finished ninth at the two-day FAU Winter Warm-Up on Tuesday.

After opening with a first-round score of 314 on Monday morning, the Colonels shaved 15 shots off that total for a second-round 299 on Monday afternoon.

EKU closed out the 54-hole event on Tuesday with a final round 298. The team's total of 911 was four shots behind eighth-place Princeton and seven strokes better than Columbia.

Arkansas State (878) captured the team title by three shots over Seton Hall (881). Yale (889) and Dartmouth (895) rounded out the top four.

Ragnhildur Kristinsdottir led EKU and tied for 14th overall with a three-round total of 224. She followed a 2-over round of 74 with back-to-back rounds of 75.

Freshman Elisa Orduna Shackleton turned in the team's best round of the event. After beginning play with a first-round 81, the Zaragoza, Spain, native fired a second round 3-under 69. She closed out with a 76 on Tuesday and tied for 24th with a total of 226.

Vilma Efraimsson (228) tied for 30th overall. Bailey Hubbard (235) and Samantha Sandland (237) finished 56th and 59th.

EKU is set to return to action on March 9 and 10 at the UNF Collegiate hosted by the University of North Florida at the Jacksonville Golf and Country Club.

Solid start to the season, ladies!

The EKU's women's golf team was picked to finish second in the Ohio Valley Conference in a poll of the league's head coaches that was released last week.

The Colonels were edged for the spot as the conference championship favorite by seven points. Murray State garnered six first-place votes and a total of 62 points to grab the top spot. EKU was first on one ballot and totaled 54 points.

EKU had three top-10 performances in five events during the fall portion of the season. The Colonels had a team scoring average of 303.87.

Jacksonville State (54) was picked third in the OVC, one point behind EKU.

On a sad note

I lost a good World War II pal while I was in Florida.

My friend Jimmy Chenault left us in January for that great mansion in the sky.

Back in the mid 30s Jimmy played on the Oak Street Raiders and I played on the Broadway Cut Throats football teams. We both were on convoy duty during the war.

He was in the Pacific and I was in the Atlantic.

Our ships protected the convoys. He was an officer and I was a deck hand.

Jimmy was one month older than myself.

You are gone my friend but never to be forgotten. I will miss you Jimmy.

Aloha and Mahalo!

Humor

Men do make passes at girls who wear glasses. It all depends on their frames.

Upcoming events

EKU men's golf team will return to action at the Presidents Day match play in Florida on Monday and Tueday. The event is being hosted by George Washington University at Weston Hills Golf Club in Weston, Fa.

Final thought

As long as you can admire and love, then one is young forever -- Pablo Casals

Until next time ... live, love, laugh and learn, Glenmore.

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