On Sunday, May 20, I got a phone call from Tom Giacchini, who is a former EKU golf team member and currently the tournament director at The Bull Golf Course.

Tom had with him a gentleman who had just completed 18 holes of play at The Bull and he wanted to tell me the mission he was on. That gentleman was Harry Scott, a very nice man who was 78 years old, a retired CPA and resided in Somers, N.J.

His mission was to play golf in 50 different states in 50 days.  

He started his unforgettable trip on May 1, in Connecticut. The day before he played The Bull he had teed it up in West Virginia on May 19. He was due to play in Washington State on Father’s Day on June 17, then Hawaii on the 18 and end his trip on June 19 in Alaska.

Harry Scott teed it up on the white tees on all these courses and played “miss ‘em quick” golf as he had a lot of holes to complete on his trip. He estimated the miles he traveled at 20,000. I imagine he played a lot of days without much sleep.

My hat is off to a man that is 78 years young and has the nerve and the stamina to pursue his dream.

Wow!

What a golf and travel addict. All I can say is, You da man, Harry!

Keep it up.

Special thanks to Tom Giacchini for this contact.

First golf team at EKU

EKU fielded its first golf team in 1933 under the direction of T. E. McDonough.  

Doc Robinson, Ernie Young, Garret Rawlings and Harry Hamm defeated Centre College 11 1/2 - 1/2 in its first collegiate match, which was played at the Madison Country Club. They also defeated the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville.

They finished the season 5-2.

The 1935 EKU team went undefeated and won the state championship. Team members were Virgil Meece, Ernie Young, Garret Rawlings and Paul Tierney. In 1936 Garret Rawlings, an EKU player from Harlan, won the state collegiate championship.

Thanks to Harold Oldham for providing this report in his book “Fore and Back” that chronicled the first 50 years of the Madison Country Club.

Hole-in-one Club

Last Thursday at the Madison Country Club, Richard Ratliff aced the 168-yard No. 9 with a six iron.

It was witnessed by Travis Broaddus, Jeremiah Duerson, Luke Wright and Brent Whitaker.

On Sunday, July 1 at Battlefield Golf Course, Glen Gentry aced the 153 yard No. 17 using a six iron.

It was witnessed by Rick Lanham, Mike Estepp and Wade Branscum.  

Congratulations to both of you sharpshooters.

Local golfers on MDGT

Two local golfers competed in the Musselman-Dunne Golf Tour event Monday at the Bowling Green Country Club.

In the boys 15-16 year-old division, Carter Skipworth finished eighth after shooting a +12, 84.

In the championship boys division, Dylan Kelley finished tied for ninth after shooting a +11, 83.

Keep up the good work, guys!

Golf wisdom

Golf: A young mans vice and an old mans penance — Irvin S. Cobb

Upcoming events

Thursday at Arlington — The 2012 Colonel Club Golf Classic. Entry fee is $150 and includes pre-tournament food and beverages, post tourney dinner, special golf classic gifts and prizes. Mulligans two for $10. Hole sponsorships are $250. Call (859) 622-2046 or e-mail treka.adams@eku.edu.

Friday through Sunday — Berea Country Club’s Men’s Invitational. Entry fee is $130 includes practice round (cart not included), filet dinner for two on Saturday and two days of golf. Cash prizes paid for four places each flight. Shootout on Friday night, with medal play Saturday and Sunday. Dinner and dance on Saturday. Call the pro shop to sign up, 986-7141.

July 20 at Battlefield Golf Course – First Christian Church 10th annual Golf Scramble Entry fee is $50 and includes green fee, cart and lunch following play. Team prizes as well as individual prizes will be awarded. All proceeds go to benefit the Youth Programs of First Christian Church. Contact Ron Ginter at 200-2556, Bob Herbst at 623-1363, Bill Shaffer at 200-6083 or the church office at 623-4383. Entry forms must be in church office by Wednesday, July 18.

July 21 at Battlefield Golf Course – The Pregnancy Help Center Golf Scramble. Entry fee is $50 a player and includes cart, green fees, lunch, and beverages. Mulligans are $5 each, skirts are $5 each, hole sponsor is $100, special contest sponsor is $100, cart sponsor is $50.00 for one, $100 for three. Limit of 25 teams. Contact Ricky Clontz at (859) 661-5118 or Jeff Mounts at (859) 302-3097. This money is all used locally for a wonderful cause.

Final thought

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face — Eleanor Roosevelt.

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

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