COACH'S CORNER; Golfing for a Cure in Calloway County
by Mike Wright, Cadiz Record Columnist
Aug 06, 2014 | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It has been a while since I have caught you up on the process of Golfing for a Cure. Let me remind you what it is. A couple of years ago, I began a quest to play every golf course in the state of Kentucky and raise money for cancer research. I did this in honor of my dad Gene Wright and everyone who has either passed away after battling cancer or survived cancer. This is how it works. I contact a golf course and explain the project to them. Then I take my foursome to their course and play. The money we would have paid the course in cart and green fees goes to the Golfing for a Cure account in a local bank here in Cadiz. After playing, we always eat at least once in every county where we play. The restaurant has to be a local place, no chains allowed. The last step of the project is for me to come home and write a column about our experience in each county.

Well, there is actually one more step after that. I send a paper to each course and restaurant that we visited. Let me catch you up on our progress. To this point, we have played every course in the following counties: Carlisle, Ballard, Hickman, Fulton, Livingston, Caldwell, Calloway, Graves and all but one in McCracken.

Somebody said, “Coach you can’t play every course in Kentucky! It has never been done.” I said, “Not only will it be done, it is going to be done with a noble cause in mind.” I told the fellow I couldn’t play them all in 10 weeks but I might could in 10 years. As an old coach of mine once said, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” OK, now let me tell you about Calloway County experience.

Calloway County has four golf courses, the most of any county in western Kentucky yet. We played Miller Golf Course first. Miller was established in 1979. The pro there is Will Snodgrass. Will hails from the City of Liverpool, England. That’s right. The same site the Beetles came from. Will played golf at Murray State. He and Dan Jones were very cordial to us in our visit there. Miller has Bermuda fairways and Mini Verde Bermuda greens. Four sets of tees are available to you at Miller. The course also serves as home to the Murray State Racers Golf Team. They also have a banquet room and outdoor pavilion complete with grill you can use. We had a great experience at Miller, and ranked it as one of the top two courses we have played to this point on our tour.

The Oaks Country Club was our second stop. Diane Tindell, pro shop manager at the Oaks, was our gracious host. The Oaks has been around since 1952. There are two tee boxes for the players along with Bermuda fairways and dwarf Bermuda greens. The Oaks also has a pool. As a matter of fact, the club started as a swim club. There are around 250 members at the Oaks. They are also currently redoing their practice range. The Oaks was a challenging but fun course to play. The course name is a valid one. Try and keep your ball out of the beautiful old growth trees that adorn the fairways.

Murray Country Club was our third stop in Calloway County. Kevin Holcomb is the golf pro there. The country club has four sets of tees to go with their Bermuda fairways and Bent grass greens. The country club has a diving pool, lap pool and baby pool. They also have a banquet room and a full service restaurant and bar. They have around 320 members, including social and pool memberships. We had a great round of golf at the Murray Country Club. Neal Cummins led the way for our group with five birdies on his round of 18 holes.

Our last golf stop in Murray was at the Sullivan Par 3 Course. Jarlene and Jimmy Sullivan are the owners of the course. It was built in 1990. It is a great course for beginners to start on. With every hole being a par 3, I found it to be a super place to work on my iron game, as well. Sullivans has Diamond Zoysia greens and Bermuda fairways. Your green fee and cart only costs you and your playing partner $11 each on week days. You can’t beat that. You are liable to see a few grandparents tutoring their grandchildren around the course as well.

The two restaurants we ate at in Calloway were Rudy’s and Tom’s Grille. Rudy’s is on the square in downtown Murray. It was like Murray’s version of the Cadiz Restaurant – a place where friends meet and share good home cooking. We found Tom’s Grille to have one of the most diverse menu selections we have found to this point. The food was excellent and the owner even donated the meals to Golfing For a Cure. We felt like the food at Tom’s was as good as any stop we have made so far.

All in all, Calloway County was a great experience for our Golfing for a Cure foursome. Most importantly, we added money that will go towards a cure for cancer. See you next week.

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Mike Wright is the former head coach of boys basketball and cross country at Trigg County High School. Emails concerning Coach’s Corner can be sent to trophyland@outlook.com.

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