KELLEY: Legion, Wildcat Creek have new golf pros | Sports

American Legion and Wildcat Creek golf courses both have new golf professionals.

Jeff Seagrave is the Legion’s professional golfer. He will normally work weekends and other special events. The name Seagrave is well known in Kokomo golf circles as his grandfather was Ned Seagrave and his father, Rick Seagrave, won the Howard County Golf Tournament when he was a junior in high school. Jeff Seagrave’s son is Sam Seagrave who played golf for IUK.

Kokomo also welcomes the return of Pete Thatcher to Kokomo as a golf professional at Wildcat Creek.

Perhaps the biggest news is that First Tee is coming to Kokomo. Jeff Seagrave will be hosting a First Tee event on Mondays in June at the Legion. Each session will run from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Almost any golfer will recognize the name First Tee. Its programs integrate the game of golf with character building and sportsmanship. Participants will learn life skills as golf mirrors life in many ways. New this year is that the First Tee is reformatting its classes to be run by age group (7-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-up). Seagrave has led First Tee sessions while at Walnut Creek in the Highlands and is excited to bring the program to Kokomo.

The June Series at the American Legion is targeting 50 attendees. This is for golfers who have little or no experience with the game and is open to ages 6-18. The primary audience is those who may not have the opportunity to play the game. Scholarships are available for those who cannot afford the $50 cost. Just note when applying that you need a scholarship. Clubs will also be made available to participants.

Anyone wishing to obtain more information or register their child should go to www.firstteeindiana.org.

The First Tee is now present in 18 locations across the state of Indiana. Luci Ross, state program director, is also trying to introduce golf to each of the local schools and hopes for a fall start. She is also working with the Carver Center to start a program.

Thatcher also plans to hold a First Tee session at Wildcat Creek this summer. He also directed them while working at Pro-X in Westfield. Dates have not been set for the Wildcat Creek session.

A LOOK BACK

Here are the best 2021 performances of local players in tournaments sponsored by the PGA, IGA, IWGA or ISSGA.

IGA/PGA EVENTS

• Cary Hungate: 4. Indiana PGA Pro Am at Rock Hollow (66) with Ty Gingerich; 3. IGA/PGA Mixed Four Ball at KCC (64) with Kiah Parrott.

• Avery Hayes: 16. Indiana Match Play in Purgatory (78).

• Jon Kelley: 19. Indiana Senior Match Play in Purgatory (79); 13. Indiana senior amateur at Old Oakland (149).

• Jerry Jackson: 1. IGA/PGA Mixed Four Ball at KCC (59 gross and 53 net) with his granddaughter Ally Ross; 25. Indiana Super Senior Amateur at Old Oakland (162).

• Brandi Jones and Cam Weddell: 1. Indiana Golf Team Series at Rock Hollow (61); 8. Four mixed IGA/PGA balls to Kokomo CC (67).

• Taylor Fletcher, Cam Weddell, Scott Callahan, Dan Giesecke and Kevin McClure: 2. Club Car Las Vegas Pro Am at Paiute Resort (259 points).

• Pete Thatcher, Jeff Linkenhelt, Doug White, Terry Heltzel and Tom Rethlake: 1. Club Car Las Vegas Pro Am at Paiute Resort (240 points).

• Jim Humphrey, Eric Tuchscherer, Steve Switzer, JD Young and Mike Grant: 19. Club Car Las Vegas Pro Am at Paiute Resort (235 points).

ISSGA EVENTS

• Jerry Jackson, Class A: 1. gross at Warren Course in Notre Dame (80); 5. raw at Bridgewater Club, Two-Man (68); 2. gross at Bridgewater Club (74); 3. Raw at KCC/Wildcat Creek Championship (159).

• Ron Alley, Class A: 5. Gross at KCC/Wildcat Creek Championship (171).

• Gary Roberts, Class B: 1. gross at Purdue Ackerman-Allen (71); 2. gross at Sandy Pines (78).

• Jon Kelley, Class D: 3. gross at Sagamore Club (75); 1. gross at Sandy Pines (72) and overall low gross; 2. gross at Warren Course in Notre Dame (72); 2. gross at Harbor Links (77); 2. gross at Pfau Course (74); 2. rough at Hillcrest Golf and Country Club (73); 3. Raw at KCC/Wildcat Creek Championship (147); 2. raw in Meridian Hills (71).

• Gerard Kelley, Class D: 3. net at Brickyard Crossing (73); 2. net at Sagamore Club (70); 2. net at Harbor Links (75); 2. net at KCC/Wildcat Creek Championship (138).

• Dave Eikenberry, Class D: 5. gross at Bridgewater Club, Two-Man (68); 1. gross at KCC/Wildcat Creek Championship (143) and overall low gross.

Who will intervene and represent Kokomo this year?

Until next time, have more fun playing golf.