Back in the 30s and 40s, life would have been a boring in Richmond if it had not been for the presence of ole EKU.
Athletics, homecoming parades and the concerts in the old band shell downtown on the corner of second street and main. Another thing at EKU that breathed life into the community was athletics.
There were very few organized activities for kids in Richmond back then. We had to create our own or hunt the action.
A lot of that action was the ballgames at EKU, namely baseball, football and basketball.
A lot of kids would attend the baseball games as they did not charge admission. Richmond native Joe Reeves was a frequent umpire of these games.
Turkey Hughes, who wore many hats at EKU, was an excellent baseball coach and produced many good teams. Baseball was a great source of enjoyment to all of us during those lean years.
Football and basketball were also important to us. We could generally come up with the 15 or 20 cents it cost us to go to four football games a year. If EKU won, we would double-time it to the power plant building where they would let us blow the shrill, steam powered whistle that would wake up the town.
That same whistle was used to signify the change of classes.
It was a little different scenario for the basketball games, which were played in the Weaver Health Building.
There were so many games, we did not always have the money to attend. When that happened we would slip into the games by climbing in a window in the men's restroom and sneak by the ticket taker at the foot of the stairs and hope we didn't get caught!
Wow, those were exciting days for us!
EKU takes eighth in Bash at the Beach
The Eastern Kentucky University men's golf team finished three shots over par and in eighth place Tuesday at the Battle at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The two-day event was hosted by Appalachian State University. The 15 teams competed at the par-72, 6,817-yard course at The Surf Golf and Beach Club.
EKU fired rounds of 283 (-5), 290 (+2) and 294 (+6) for a total of 867 (+3). EKU was five shots behind seventh-place George Washington (862) and one shot better than ninth-place Loyola-Chicago (868). The Colonels also finished ahead of 10th-place East Carolina (878).
Markus Lindgren (216) shot even-par and tied for 24th overall. Billy Basham (217) was 1-over and tied for 29th with teammate Andreas Nielsen (217).
EKU will play again starting Sunday at the three-day Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate hosted by Tennessee Tech at the Sevierville Golf Club in Sevierville, Tenn.
EKU women place 14th
The Eastern Kentucky University women's golf team placed 14th Tuesday at the UNF Collegiate.
EKU shot rounds of 308, 318 and 320 for a total of 946. The Colonels were just one shot behind 13th-place Georgetown (945) and five in front of 15th-place Cincinnati (951).
EKU also finished in front of Ohio Valley Conference foe Murray State, which was 16th with a total of 959.
The two-day, 16-team event was contested on the par 72, 5,926-yard course at the Jacksonville Golf & Country Club and hosted by the University of North Florida.
Junior Ragnhildur Kristinsdottir led the Colonels and tied for 38th overall. She shot rounds of 81, 74 and 77 for a total of 232. Newcomer Vilma Efraimsson (234) tied for 40th.
Samantha Sandland (238) tied for 55th. Elisa Orduna Shackleton (246) and Bailey Hubbard (251) tied for 73 and tied for 79th, respectively.
North Florida (888) captured the team title by four shots over Seton Hall (892).
The Colonels return to action Sunday at the three-day Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate in Sevierville, Tenn.
Gone but not forgotten -- Bob Hope
Definition of Golf
It is a science -- study of a lifetime, in which you exhaust yourself but never your subject.
It is a contest, a duel or a melee, calling for courage, skill, strategy and self-control.
It is a test of temper, a trial of honor, a revealer of character.
It affords a chance to play the man, and act the gentleman.
It means going into God's out of doors, getting close to nature, fresh air, exercise, a sweeping away of the mental cobwebs, genuine recreation of the tired issues.
It is a cure for care -- an antidote to worry.
It includes companionship with friends, social intercourse, opportunity for courtesy, kindliness and generosity to an opponent.
It promotes not only physical health but moral force.
Have you ever stopped to think what a wonderful thing the human brain is? It never ceases working for you from the time you are born until the moment you stand up to make a speech.
March 18 and 19 at the Madison Country Club -- Men's and women's par-three tournament. Two days of competitive, fun golf. Entry fee is $75. To enter call 859-623-6468 or see Hubert Broaddus
Failures are made only by those who fail to dare, not by those who dare to fail -- Louis Binstock
If you have any tournaments, golf news, or hole-in-one, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next time ... live, love, laugh and learn, Glenmore.