Last Friday, 21 teams engaged the Battlefield links in a golf skirmish to benefit the Battle of Richmond Association (BORA) and the Roy and Sue Kidd Scholarship Fund.

After a welcoming address to the players and celebrities by BORA president George N. Ridings, Roy Kidd added his welcome and introduced the new head EKU football coach Dean Hood.

Dean gave a brief optimistic preview of the upcoming football season and expressed his gratitude for being selected coach at a school he loves. Dean turned the mike over to head pro Clay Hamrick who introduced the celebrities and outlined the rules of play for the day.

The play started off with a bang with an earsplitting boom from a Civil War cannon fired by two Civil War enactors in their uniforms.

After a great day of golf, the team hoisting the victory flag was Rob Boardman, Randy Jewell, Tim Hall, Chad Bacon and celebrity Tim Couch with a (Wow!) 21-under par 51. Second place went to Tyler Cain, Ken Riley, Jeff Fultz and Cameron Abney, with a 52.

The champions of the net division were Jarod Carpenter, Mike Cornelison, Matthew Tackett, Brooks Stumbo and celebrity Ralph Hacker, with a 47. Second went to David Prater, Tim Tuttle, Paul Burchell and Bobby Johnson, with a 48.

In the special events, Randy Jewell won the longest drive, Joey Foster was closest to the pin and Billy Upchurch won the putting contest.

Darryl Cook won the Jerome Bettis football jersey in a raffle.

While the scores were being computed, the golfers were treated to a great buffet of Kentucky burgoo and the trimmings prepared by Ed Chenault and Anne Overbay and some tasty cornbread cooked over an open fire, ala Civil War-style, prepared by one of the enactors.

Hamrick then presented the awards to the teams, individuals and sponsors. Chairman George Ridings expressed his thanks to the Kentucky National Guard (who cooked hamburgers and hot dogs all day long), the sponsors, the players and the volunteers for their participation. The Peoples Bank of Madison County was the main sponsor for this event.

Salute to all of you good people on adding yet another feather to the cap of Madison County.

EKU golf teams get big boost

Last Saturday at Arlington, 19 five-person teams teed it up in the annual Eastern Kentucky University Golf Booster Golf Scramble.

Before start of play, both EKU coaches, Pat and Joni Stephens, introduced their players. Pat introduced 14 men and Joni had seven ladies to introduce.

Joni ribbed Pat by saying she preferred quality over quantity and Pat retorted, “Hey, I’ve got both!” I would like to hear Pat and Joni sing, “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better” – that would be a blast!

The teams then took to the links in search of birdies and eagles. After an exciting day of par-busting golf, the team mounting the podium in the division with an EKU alumni player was Tom Giacchini, Doug Brehme, Dave Clement, Keene Shackleford and Greg Wagoner with a score of 55. Second was the golfing Britt family with David, Ben, Thomas, Mark and Ryan Britt, with a 56.

A family that golfs together stays together.

The winner of the division with no alumni players was Jamie Taylor, Winston Church, Barney Long and Kara Fant with a 55. Second place went to David and D. K. Abner, John Trumbo, David Jones and Danny Bishop, also with a 55, but losing on a scorecard match.

In the special events, the closest to the pin on No. 5 was Tommy Congleton, on No. 7 was David Shew, on No. 14 was Scott Welch and on No. 16 was Jay Bird Evelyn. The long putt winner was Garner Fleenor, long drive winner for the women was Taylor Church and for men Scott Covey.

All of the 19 teams had an EKU golfer playing with them. There were three teams that had identical scores of 55, and in a scorecard playoff, the Giacchini team won the gold.


Upon completion of golf, the players assembled at the Mule Barn for refreshments and luncheon. Pat and Joni Stephens awarded the winners their prizes, gave away several nice door prizes and thanked everyone for participating.

The day was a great boost to the EKU men and women’s golf program, thanks to the hard work of Pat and Joni Stephens with help from new head pro Patrick Williams and his staff at Arlington.

I had an enjoyable day of golf playing with Dr. Dennis Sprague and his son-in-law, Minh Huynh and Chester Massie and his son, Jesse. We had a respectable 59. Jesse hits the ball a mile and my other three partners hit the ball long.


It is a different game than we used to play.

Mahalo to all of you on a terrific day.

In an article on Thursday, I will be reporting on the first golf match by the Model ladies team and a nine-team invitational in which they participated.

Upcoming events

Aug. 30 through Sept. 2 — Madison Country Club will host the 65th-annual Labor Day Tournament. Entry fee is $150, which includes two dinners, two days of golf for sure and three if you’re good, along with a shootout on Friday afternoon. Seniors and high handicappers can play from the white tees. For info, call 623-6468. Hurry!

Final thought

I hated every minute of the training, but I said, “Don’t quit, suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” — Muhammad Ali.

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

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