News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 9, 2011

RAMBLIN' RECK: Schelsky, Bilyeu, Fish conclude big golf weeks in Valley

Tom Reck
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Some notes and observations on recent achievements by folks from the area:

• Rich Schelsky recently won the Parke County Golf Course club championship.

He tied the course record with 63 and then shot 68 and 69 to finish with his nice total of 200, winning by a good margin.

In another golf note, Brad Bilyeu of Terre Haute recorded his second career hole-in-one at Cherry Blossom Country Club in Georgetown, Ky.

He was 17 when he got his first ace.

• Terre Haute South grad Thad Meyer took part in the 100.8-mile Burning River 100 contested on trails along the Cuyahoga River from Cleveland to Akron in oppressive heat in Ohio.

Meyer placed 14th overall among 151 runners and ninth among men, finishing the event in the excellent time of 20:26.10. Meyer now lives in Maryland.

• As reported in Monday’s newspaper, Dave Brown claimed the Hulman Links Club Championship title for the fourth time.

He bested Chris Cassell, who has won four times, on the fourth playoff hole. They began the extra session on the 18th hole, then continued on No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 where Brown won with a par.

Tim Fish, former Linton and Franklin College golfer, tied for fifth in the 123-player field of the Indianapolis Amateur. He went 69-70 for 139 at Sahm Golf Course. Sean Bowen won with 135.

• Greencastle High School football teams will play on John Fallis Field, named in honor of the former coach. He had a 121-81 record in 20 years as the coach at Greencastle with three unbeaten teams and compiled a 195-141 record in 33 seasons.

• Tennis play set — The Tabco Terre Haute Double Championships will be played Saturday and Sunday at the Rea Park tennis courts.

Action is set for men and women in A, B and C flights. Entry fee of $15 per player includes at T-shirt; Thursday is the deadline for entering.

To enter, call Kris Bilyeu at (812) 299-4491 or contact him at

• Tom-Cattin’ It — Vincennes University has added a top player to the men’s basketball roster, 6-foot-5 Jacob Williams of St. Patrick’s in Chicago. He averaged 16 points and 7 rebounds his senior year.

Butler has added Arkansas transfer Rotnei Clarke, a 6-foot guard, to its roster.

Zak Irwin, a 6-6 sophomore at Hamilton Southeastern, says he will go to Michigan, picking the Wolverines over Butler, Illinois and other schools.

Southport senior Michael Ramey has decided to play for Ball State. He averaged 19.5 points per game last year and shot 52 percent from 3-point range.

Garrett Green, a 6-11 player who played three years at LSU, recently made a visit to Indiana where he could play as a graduate student.

• Princeton has hired Ryan Haywood as boys basketball coach. He compiled a 76-96 mark in six years at Mt. Carmel, Ill.

South Spencer’s new boys basketball coach is Josh Davis. He is 22 years of age and will complete degree requirements at Oakland City College in December. He was an assistant on the SS staff last year.

• Rick Majerus, the men’s basketball coach at St. Louis University, underwent surgery to have a stent inserted in his heart.

• The first Big Ten football championship game will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indy and tickets were all sold in about two hours.

• Former Butler basketball player Matt Howard will play in Greece and former Purdue player E’twaun Moore will play in Italy.


Tom Reck may be contacted by telephone at (812) 232-3231, by email at or by mail at 4284 South 5th Street, Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN 47802.