Messenger Sports Briefs for June 25

Messenger Sports Briefs for June 25

UC native Russell
part of Pro-Am win

Union City native Matt Russell was a part of the winning team at the Nationwide Tour’s Knoxville Open Pro-Am Classic late last week.
Russell, an avid golfer who works locally for Union City Insurance, teamed with Nationwide Tour Pro Daniel Summerhays and three other amateurs for a 22-under par score on the par-72 course.
Summerhays, the only amateur ever to win a Nationwide Tour event, is currently 31st on the circuit’s money list with the top 25 in the league earning their PGA Tour cards for 2009.
Summerhays turned pro after winning the aforementioned Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitations in 2007.
On each hole, the best score among each team’s five members was used in determining the final tally.
Russell shot an even-par 72 with his own ball.
He is the son of Bobby and Jackie Russell.

UTM assistant coach
gets small promotion

University of Tennessee at Martin head men’s basketball coach Bret Campbell announced recently he has promoted Jason James to assistant head coach.
James, a native of St. Louis, is in his seventh season at UT Martin. He came to UT Martin in 2002 from Forest Park Community College in St. Louis, where he was an assistant men’s coach for two years.
Forest Park finished second in the region James’ first year, and many FPCC players during James’ tenure went on to play Division I and Division II basketball.
Prior to his time at FPCC, James taught physical education and health for one year at Ritenour Middle School in St. Louis. He also coached a high school all-star team from the state of Michigan that placed third out of 54 teams at the USA Junior Nationals.
James earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education and health with a coaching endorsement from Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, in 2000.
For two seasons he served as captain of the Graceland University basketball team. He was voted Graceland Freshman Basketball Player of the Year for the 1996-97season and was named the Most Valuable Team Player during the 1999-2000 season.

Fulton Country Club
has upcoming tourney

The Fulton Country Club will be hosting the Ken-Tenn Gollf Tournament this weekend on Saturday and Sunday.
Entry fee for the event is $85 and that price includes both days of golf and lunch.
Cart rental is $12 per day, but participants are allowed to bring their own cart.
For more information, contact the country club at (270) 479-3016.

W’ridge gal victors
have slim advantage

Evelyn Whitten, Leanne Cheatam, Caroline McGaugh and Laura Higdon combined to take first place with a score of 5-under-par in the weekly women’s scramble at Wynridge Greens in Troy Tuesday evening, according to information provided by the course.
Theresa Harbor, Shelley Stout, Teresa Scott, Kathy Hall and Charlotte Hall finished in a tie for second place with the combination of Deb Forsythe, Di Pilkerton, Sheri Vaughn, Joy Olexa and Kathy Barker. Both teams shot a 4-under scores.
Wynridge Greens holds its weekly women’s scramble every Tuesday evening.
For more information, contact the course at 536-4653.

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