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October 21, 2007

Rub of the Green: Four golfers join Terre Haute Golf Association’s Hall of Fame

The Terre Haute Golf Association’s Hall of Fame added four names to its membership roster recently. Inductees included Rick Fernandes and Ron Poore, Sr., whereas posthumous recognition was accorded Dave McCampbell and Ron Poore Jr.

Rick Fernandes moved to Terre Haute from Detroit with his family after helping his Thurston High School team place fourth in the Michigan High School State Championship.

As a senior at North Vigo in 1975, Rick quickly won the No. 1 position on the Patriots’ golf team.

After graduation, Fernandes entered Indiana State University where he not only earned the right to play the No. 1 position during the 1977, ‘78 and ‘79 seasons but also was named ISU’s Most Valuable Player each of those three years.

Fernandes took individual honors in five tournaments during his collegiate career, culminating in the Gateway Conference Championship. That win qualified him for the right to participate in the NCAA Championship.

As a result of his sterling play at Indiana State, Rick was selected as a Division I All America golfer, where he joined such luminaries as Mark O’Meara, Payne Stewart, Fred Couples, Corey Pavin and Bob Tway. After college, Fernandes was selected as a member of Indiana State University Sports Hall of Fame. Fernandes annexed a pair of THGA City Championships in 1979 and 1980.

He would go on to join the professional ranks and earn checks in 13 of 23 events he entered while competing on the Space Coast Tour. Rick also won the Indiana-Wilson Assistant Professionals Championship with a 68 at Honeywell Golf Club in Wabash, Ind.

During his playing career, he shot scores of 64 on eight occasions, along with three holes in one. He also teamed with Todd Smith to win an Indiana PGA Championship. After sustaining severe injuries in a massive explosion at his residence, Rick fought back not only to play some outstanding golf, but also to serve as head professional at Elks Fort Harrison Golf Club.

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