DAVID HUGHES: Ramblin ‘in summer golf | Sports

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

Tom has covered big events – such as the 1978-79 Indiana State men’s basketball games and several Indianapolis 500 – in his six-decade newspaper career. But he enjoyed the Terre Haute events just as much, with a much smaller audience.

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

As far as I know, Tom was not a golfer himself. But when the weather was nice, he enjoyed standing by the course scoreboard, chatting with golfers and coaches who had finished their nine or 18 holes as he wrote the scores for his story that would appear in the sports section the next day. (or online in recent years when he was in “semi” retirement but continued to cover games and matches).

Tom is gone. I was just getting used to his timely comments under my Facebook posts as well.

But there are golf events coming up with the start of summer, so let me share some with you. Tom would like it.

• The annual Terre Haute Women’s City match-play tournament, approved by the Terre Haute Women’s Golf Association (THWGA), will take place July 9-11 at Hulman Links. To qualify, you must choose a day between now and July 7 to play an 18-hole round and then wait to be caught.

The $ 60 entry fee includes qualifying round and match play green fees, Monday 11 July lunch 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 [email protected]

Stuckey, by the way, is a 16-time champion of this tournament. He reached fifth place in a row in 2021 and plans to return again in 2022.

On a related note, someone please tell Edie Godleski – herself a six-time winner of Terre Haute Women’s City – that I want to thank her for the kind note she sent me a couple of years ago. She didn’t leave a 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 on hookups this summer. The Wabash Valley Golf Association (WVGA) will unveil the two-round Mini-Classic next month. Participants can play 18 holes at Clinton’s Geneva Hills on July 8 or 9, then they will play the final round at Hulman Links on July 10.

Kyle Stevenson is the defending champion. Meanwhile, WVGA President Eddie Kanizer has hinted that the “new blood” could be making noise in the Mini-City this year. We will see.

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

“I know it [WVGA vice president] Tom Jones and I are both thrilled with Casey [Ill.] guys have been involved and I know some of them have already played in the Senior event last month, ”added Kanizer.

Before the Mini-City on Sunday there will be Interclub

“A small twist this year is that the event will be held in Harrison Hills [in Attica]”Stressed Kanizer. “Each team will have eight players representing each field.”

Other major WVGA events scheduled are the Mostaccioli Open on September 10-11 in 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 Kanizer, who added that players can choose any day starting Monday (September 19) of that week through that Saturday for the first round.

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

This completes the golf portion of this column. But there is one more thing Tom Reck would like to say before he shuts down his computer.

Go Bucco.

David Hughes can be reached by phone after 4:00 pm at 812-231-4224; by email to [email protected]; or by post to PO Box 149, Terre Haute, IN, 47808. Follow TribStarDavid on Twitter.

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