News From Terre Haute, Indiana

June 29, 2008

Rub of the Green: Valley prep golfers swing ways into scholarships

By Bob Arnett

TERRE HAUTE — Ron Poore, Jr./Ron Daugherty Memorial Golf Scholarships were awarded to recent graduates from Terre Haute North, Terre Haute South, West Vigo and Northview. They included Danielle Rosselli, Ian White, Evan Miller and Mary Tribble respectively.

The $1,000 scholarships may be used as recipients see fit when they attend accredited colleges or universities of their choice. In addition, each of the aforementioned high school’s boys’ and girls’ golf teams will receive $750 to be utilized to benefit their respective programs.

Danielle Rosselli is the daughter of Jerri and Jeff Rosselli. Besides being a member of the varsity golf team, Danielle was a member of the Dance Team, Interact, DECA and Leadership. She was also elected Homecoming Queen. While taking part in these activities she still found time to work as a part-time employee at Pacesetter Sports. Her golf coach was Abe Nasser Jr.

Danielle intends to attend Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, and she wants to major in psychology.

Ian White is the son of Michelle and Brian K. White. Ian will attend Methodist University in the fall. During high school he played on South’s golf team for four seasons. He also was a member of DECA and a student council representative, and he also found time to referee VCYSA soccer and Riley recreational basketball. In addition, Ian was involved in CROP Walk and peer education. He wants to major in accounting.

In attending Methodist University, Ian will be involved with one of the most prestigious golf programs in the nation. Ian was coached by Chris Cassell.

Evan Miller is the son of Chip Miller and Terri Dickison. Evan compiled a 3.85 G.P.A. during high school. He also played on West Vigo’s golf team for four seasons where he was the No. 1 player his junior and senior years while being named All-Western Indiana Conference.

Additionally, Evan was also a four-year letter winner in tennis where he earned more All-WIC honors.Evan will be attending Ball State University in the fall where he will be majoring in architecture.

Mary Beth Tribble is the daughter of Judith and James Tribble. In a class of 268 at Northview High School, Mary ranked first with a perfect 4.00 G.P.A. Mary Beth won W.I.C. All-Conference honors as captain of the girls’ golf team. She was a three time state qualifier and the 2007 sectional low medalist. Her high school coach was Josh Trout.

Other activities included marching band, pep band, student council, key club varsity club and National Honor Society. She took part in quiz bowl, Optimist Club’s Clothe-A-Child program, peer tutoring, and Hoosier Girls’ State 2007, among other activities.

Mary Beth will be attending the University of Notre Dame this fall.

With the motto, “Remembering Good Times With Good Friends”, the Ron Poore, Jr./Ron Daugherty Memorial Golf Scholarship Tourney seeks to commemorate the lives of two popular young men who were fatally injured in a terrible auto accident a decade ago.

The 10th Annual scramble tourney is scheduled for Sat., July 19 at Hulman Links with a shotgun start slated for noon. Players may make up their own foursomes with an entry fee of $400 per four-person team.

Closest to the pin on all par 3’s and longest drives on all par 5’s will win prizes as well as the top three finishers in actual and Peoria handicap divisions. There will be a special award for a hole-in-one on No. 8. The evening banquet along with presentation of prizes will be at Plumbers and Steamfitters banquet hall just east of Hulman Links at the conclusion of play.

Members of the tournament committee are: Ron Poore, Sr., Dave Rowlett, Larry Hayes and Marge Poore. For further information, call Hulman Links at 877-2096.

Big Joe Bukovack was recalling a round he played at the “old” Elks Ft. Harrison Country Club some time ago when he felt he “owned” the par threes. Joe birdied Nos. five and eight and then knocked his tee shot into the cup on the difficult No. 12 hole before making another bird on No. 15. His witnesses were” Willy Whalen, Mike Aird and Chuck Adamson.When asked what his round totaled Joe replied, “About 75”. One of his playing partners added a “maybe”.

When Tim Mundy lined up his hunt at Hulman Links a few weeks ago, they numbered 49 strong. In addition, Tim figured they would pick up more players for the game the Friday preceding the Lawrenceville Amateur.

Lawrenceville has long been a favorite venue for Terre Haute divot diggers. I can recall playing in the second annual Lawrenceville Open way back in the early 50s. The program listed the top finishers in the first tournament. The runner-up in the inaugural event was Bob Goalby who, of course, would go on to win The Masters.

Former North Vigo golfer Rick Cartwright was in town recently along with his son, Casey. Rick was a mainstay on North’s first golf team back in 1972. He’s not forgotten how to hit the ball as he toured Hulman’s front nine with a one-under 35. Casey has earned a mark of distinction. He set a tournament record while playing in the Elk’s Amateur golf tourney a few years back that will never be beaten. That was before the Elks “new course” was inundated by floodwaters twice before it reverted to its original 10 holes.

It’s too bad the river claimed that “new nine” which was very sporty. Its third hole may have been the toughest par four in town. Casey’s 67 was a remarkable score.

What’s in a name? When Dennis Overberg drilled his wedge into the cup on No. 8 it would be the last ace to be scored on a course called “Lost Creek at the Elks Club.” Witnesses included Harvey Cabak and Steve Cuvelier.

Now comes Bob Harvey Sr. who scored his first hole-in-one on No. 8 at “The Landing at Fort Harrison”. This gives him the distinction of being the first to record the feat on a course with a new name. Harvey’s witnesses included Joe Goda Sr., Joe Goda Jr., and Joe Bridwell.

• Tip of the week — If you’re having a difficult time getting your putts to the hole then you should lighten your grip on the putter. A tight grasp on the putter will hamper a smooth stroke and affect not only your distance control, but also the direction you want your putt to travel. Remember, a light but not loose hold on the putter will pay dividends.

Keep your head down and your shoestrings tied. We’ll be back.