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MONDAY, JULY 9, 2007
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Spirit Of America Notebook

Landry wows them

Andrew Landry, a 5-foot-7, 145-pound golfer from Beaumont, Texas, wowed spectators with his long drives. He said he averages about 290 yards off the tee.

Observers chuckle at his modesty. He had the tournament’s low round with a 65 Saturday.

Is Landry, a communications major at Arkansas, looking at being a golf writer one day?

“Nope,” he said. “I have pro ambitions.”

And what does Landry think about Arkansas’ chances in football in the fall?

“They’re looking good,” he said. “Just hand off to (star junior running back Darren) McFadden and watch him go. I wish the SEC luck and trying to stop him.”

More football talk

Tournament winner Hudson Johnson is smart enough to realize his school, Vanderbilt, has a difficult time winning against other SEC teams. But he also realizes he must keep the peace in his dorm room.

“We’re going to be good this fall,” the economics major said. “And if we were in any other conference, we’d be winning most of our games. I suspect we’ll be going to a bowl this year.”

His roommate is Commodore punter Brett Upson.

Mystery solved

It was a mystery all week. With 40 colleges represented in the tourney, the lone banner allowed to hang on the clubhouse grill’s window was a Florida State banner.

Seminole golfers Nicholas Smith and Bradley Ruch knew the secret and spilled the beans. Vikki Bautz put it there, not them.

Who is Bautz? She was the tournament’s co-director.

Hot dogs, hot items

Austin High girls golf team members Sloan Davis and Francie Carradine agreed to volunteer working the food booth distributing hot dogs, apples and drinks to the golfers and spectators.

The girls knew they’d be able to check out the mostly young male 156-player field and get a chance to chat with them.

Well, the two volunteers said they stayed so busy giving away more than 1,400 hot dogs they didn’t have time to do much chatting.

In search of a few ...

And speaking of volunteers, the National Junior College Athletic Association is looking for a few.

The NJCAA Division I national golf championships will be at Huntsville’s Hampton Cove in the third week of May.

Roaming the Burningtree grounds Saturday, Central Alabama Community College golf coach Dave Jennings said his staff is preparing to host the 2008 event and is in need of men and women who would like to work the event.

For more information about volunteering, contact Jennings at (256) 215-4242.

Michael Wetzel

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