Samantha Sandland posted a career-best second place finish and the Eastern Kentucky University’s women’s golf team opened its 2019-20 season by placing fourth at the Redbird Invitational, hosted by Illinois State University, on Sunday and Monday.

Sandland shot rounds of 71, 75 and 70 for a 54-hole total of 216 (E). Her third-round score of 70 tied her career low. Her previous best finish was fifth with what was previously a career-low total of 218 at the 2017 Ohio Valley Conference Championship. The Phoenix, Ariz., native finished just one shot behind individual medalist Caroline Klemp (215) of Northern Illinois.

As a team, the Colonels followed rounds of 294 and 298 on Sunday with a final round 300 on Monday. EKU’s three-round total of 892 was just seven shots behind team champion Xavier (885).

Bradley (888) was second and Ball State (891) placed third, just one shot in front of EKU.

EKU beat Northern Illinois (6th), Southern Illinois (7th), host Illinois State (8th), Akron (11th), and Ohio (17th).

Mikayla Groonwald (224) tied for 15th overall with a total of 224. Bailey Hubbard (225) was one shot back and tied for 20th. Newcomers Elisa Orduna Shackleton (231) and Vilma Efraimsson (235) tied for 48th and 60th, respectively.

Playing as an individual, freshman Maddie Hensley (246) placed 90th.

The 17-team event was contested at the par 72, 6,010-yard Weibring Golf Club in Normal, Ill.

The Colonels return to the course next Monday and Tuesday at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship at Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn.

Special thanks to Kevin Britton, Assistant Athletics Director for Communications & Branding for this fine report.

EKU men open season with third-place tie

The Eastern Kentucky University men’s golf team shot two rounds of 7-under on its way to a tie for third place at the season-opening Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational on Monday and Tuesday.

The Colonels opened with a 7-under round of 277 on Monday and closed out play on Tuesday with another round of 7-under. In between, EKU carded a 6-under 278. The three-round total of 832 put EKU at 20-under for the tournament.

Virginia Commonwealth (821) captured the team title by three shots over the University of Dayton (824). Eastern Michigan (832) tied with EKU for third place. Wright State (838) was six shots behind in fifth.

Senior Billy Basham led EKU and placed eighth overall with a three-round total of 206 (-7). He started out with a first round 4-under 67 before firing rounds of 71 and 68.

Andreas Nielsen and Markus Lindgren tied for 12th with totals of 208 (-5). Willis Gaer (211) tied for 20th and Tyler Lippert (218) tied for 50th. Freshman Cade Burdette made his collegiate debut with a 54-hole total of 232.

EKU beat host Marshall (sixth), William & Mary (seventh), Belmont (eighth), Wichita State (11th) and Ohio (14th) among others in the field of 16. The event was contested at the par-71, 6,523-yard course at Guyan Golf and Country Club in Huntington, W.Va.

The Colonels will be back in action on Saturday when they play host to the EKU Intercollegiate sponsored by Raising Cane’s at the University Club at Arlington.

Special thanks to Kevin Britton, Assistant Athletics Director for Communications & Branding for this fine report.

Tates Creek Baptist Golf Scramble at Battlefield

Last Saturday, the Tates Creek Baptist Association held its annual Golf Scramble For Missions Tournament at Battlefield

Over 100 golfers took part. It was divided into two divisions, one for the women and one for the men.

The winners of the ladies division was the team of Felicity Slemp, Carol Huffman, Betty Ballard and Pam Russell with a 67.

Nice playing ladies.

Second-place honors went to the team of Teresa Parks, Sandy Lewis, Amy Felty and Doris Conroy with a 72.

In the men's division, first place went to Randy Lamb, Ricky Clontz, Keith Miller and Joey Center with a 52. Second place went to Davis Snyder, Glen King, Benny Boggs and Stan Rose with a 53.

It was a beautiful day for golf played on a golf course in pristine condition. Many thanks to Danny Davis for coordinating the event and to all his volunteers.

Special thanks to GaryVanderoef, Director of Golf and Recreation, at Battlefield for this great report on the tournament. Mahalo!

Igo's Boxer Braxton Hicks wins match in London

Last Saturday, Igo's Boxing Club traveled down to London to participate in Loughrans Boxing and Fitness USA Amateur Boxing Competition.

It was a sanctioned event presented by Loughrans Boxing Club of London. This was the first-ever Trooper Jason Van Hook Memorial and featured male and female junior olympic and elite boxers from several states. Winners were awarded championship belts.

Trooper Van Hook died of leukemia and this event was to honor him and to raise funds to help the family out.

Igo's Boxing and Fitness Club had boxer Braxton Hicks entered in the 95-weight class and he out-pointed Trent Cornett from Johnson City, Tenn., in a three-round decision. Coach Igo was very proud of Braxton for using boxing techniques and outpointing his opponent in convincing manner showing skills and sportsmanship.

Congratulations Braxton on a great win and also to Coach Igo for teaching him how. Hats off to both of you on “mission accomplished."

Special thanks to Edna Igo for bringing me the results. Aloha!


Why does everybody stand up and sing, “Take me out to the ballgame” when they're already there? — Larry Anderson

Upcoming events

Every Friday night at Madison Country Club — Scramble

Open to the public. Sign up at 5 p.m. and start play at 5:30 p.m. Fun time come on out.

Upcoming events at Madison Country Club

Sept. 20 through 22 — Swinging Duos Tournament

One male one female teams with entry fee of $75 per person. Shootout on Friday evening, with tournament Saturday and Sunday. Everyone welcome to play. Call 623-1770 to sign up.

Final Thought

My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it — Clarence Kelland

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Until next time ... Live, Love, Laugh and Learn, Glenmore

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