DAVID HUSE: Let’s go to summer golf Sports

Many Wabash Valley sports fans still miss Tom Rec, the longtime sports editor of Terre Haute Star and Tribune-Star, who died in October 2020 at the age of 82.

Tom covered major events – such as the Indiana State Men’s Basketball Games in 1978-79 and several Indianapolis 500s – during his sixty-year career in the newspaper. But he enjoyed the events at Terre Haute, with much smaller crowds, just as much.

Among those who seem to mention Tom’s name most often are golfers. The Terre Haute North High School golf team even named an annual spring tournament after him.

As far as I know, Tom himself was not a golfer. But when the weather was nice, he enjoyed hanging out on the board, chatting with golfers and coaches who completed their nine or 18 holes, while he recorded results for his story, which would appear in the sports section the next day. (or online in recent years, when he was “semi-retired” but still covered games and matches).

Tom is no longer around. I just got used to his current comments under my Facebook posts.

But with the onset of summer, golf events are coming up, so let me share a few with you. Tom would like that.

• The annual Terre Haute Women’s City Matching Tournament, sanctioned by the Terre Haute Women’s Golf Association (THWGA), will be held July 9-11 at Hulman Links. To qualify, you must choose a day between now and July 7 to play a round of 18 holes and then wait to be taken off.

The $ 60 entry fee includes green qualifier and match fees, Monday lunch on July 11 and prizes.

For more information, call / text / email THWGA President Morgan Johnson at 812-249-1272 or [email protected]; Vice President Cara Stuckey at 812-249-0261 or [email protected]; or Treasurer / Secretary Diana Luther at 812-243-0250 or Dprice7[email protected]

Stucky, by the way, is a 16-time champion of this tournament. She did it five in a row in 2021 and plans to re-enter in 2022.

In this regard, please tell Eddie Godlesky – the six-time winner of Terre Haute Women’s City – that I want to thank her for the kind note she sent me a few years ago. She left no return address – I believe she lives in Florida – and I couldn’t find her on Facebook. Thanks in advance.

• Men are also preparing for action with relationships this summer. The Wabash Valley Golf Association (WVGA) will present the mini-classic in two rounds next month. Participants can play 18 holes at Clinton’s Geneva Hills on July 8 or 9, after which they will play the last round of Hulman Links on July 10.

Kyle Stevenson is the defending champion. Meanwhile, WVGA President Eddie Caniser has hinted that “new blood” could make a fuss in Mini-City this year. We will see.

Registrations are in Geneva Hills, which you can call at 765-832-8384.

“I know [WVGA vice president] Tom Jones and I are excited about Casey [Ill.] guys are getting involved and I know some of them already played in the Senior event last month, ”added Kanizer.

Before Mini-City will be the Interclub on Sunday

“A small twist this year is that the event will take place in Harrison Hills [in Attica]”Canizer pointed out. “Each team will have eight players representing each course.”

Other major WVGA events on schedule are the Mostaccioli Open on September 10-11 at Geneva Hills and Hulman Links and the main event, the Wabash Valley Classic, on September 24-25 and October 1-2.

“The first day will be in Geneva Hills,” said Caniser, who added that players can choose every day from Monday (September 19) of the same week until this Saturday for the first round.

“Then Round 2 will be in Forest Park, Round 3 in Hulman and then the last round in the Country Club of Terre Haute.”

This completes the golf section of this column. But there’s something else Tom Rec would like to say before turning off his computer.

Go Buccos.

David Hughes can be found by phone after 4pm at 812-231-4224; by email to [email protected]; or by mail to PO Box 149, Terre Haute, IN, 47808. Follow TribStarDavid on Twitter.

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