SPIRIT OF AMERICA NOTEBOOK
The pride of Senatobia
PGA Tour golfer Vance Veazey is known as the golfing pride of Senatobia, Miss.
Spirit of America golf tournament leader Kyle Ellis hails from there and is a golfing buddy of Veazey’s.
“When he’s in town, we try to get together and hit some,” said Ellis, who like Veazey won the Mississippi Amateur. “Vance is the most famous golfer from Senatobia, so far.”
Ellis said he is looking to follow Veazey as a pro. Veazey, a pro since 1990, has made nearly $2 million on tour.
With 40 college teams represented in the Spirit field, there were plenty of bags with school logos on the course.
Apparently, the Florida State contingent has left its mark at Burningtree’s 19th Hole Bar and Grill. A 3-by-2-foot FSU Seminoles banner is taped to the eatery’s window.
A couple of Spirit committee members were overheard saying they saw golfer Kyle Pressley picking up a few hot dogs each time he passed the refreshment booth. One said at last count Pressley had six Friday. Pressley disputes the number.
“I’ve had one each day,” said Pressley, a Falkville native who plays at Northwest-Shoals. “But now, I am getting about three drinks when I pass by. It’s been hot.”
Whatever he’s eating or drinking, it’s working for Pressley. He followed his opening-round 72 with a second-round 71. At 143, he’s in the top 25 with two days left.
Young and jobless
After shooting a 67 Friday and in second place, Brice Bailey, who graduated from Ole Miss last month, said it was nice to be “young and jobless.”
The non-college-playing amateurs are nowhere to be found on the leaderboard.
“We’re young and don’t have to rush off to work after we play. Some of these guys have to go to work and try to compete against us. It has to be tough on them.”
- Michael Wetzel
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