Emory Report

August 9, 1999

 Volume 51, No. 37

Meet folks on the links through Emory Summer Golf League

At a University known for its doctors, it only makes sense: Emory's Summer Golf League is in the middle of its second season, and it invites any and all faculty, staff, students and even vendors to come out on Wednesdays for a friendly 18 holes.

Started last year by Jimmy Powell and John Mitchell in Facilities Management and Nancy Bayly in the athletics department, the league usually pulls in about a dozen players a week for a round at The Trophy Club in Gwinnett, located off Highway 124 just south of Snellville. The league has negotiated a special rate with the club of $25 for greens fees for 18 holes and a cart (normally $47). Anyone from first-timers to scratch golfers are welcome to play any week.

"We can tee off as early as 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays," Powell said. "It's a handicapped league, and each week the first nine holes we play is counted in the league, but you can play 18 if you get there early enough."

Powell said about 40 people (mostly from FM and athletics) came out last summer for the league, which runs from right after graduation in May until September, when the daylight hours start to dwindle. The league also holds a season-ending tournament sometime in October. This summer he's posted notices on the Today@Emory page and on Emory Report's calendar page.

If the league grows as Powell and others hope it will, he said he may explore the option of playing at a course closer to the Emory campus. Emory golf coach Mike Phillips plays with the league, and Powell said Phillips eventually may hold clinics for beginners or anyone needing instruction.

"Let's put it this way: we don't stress competitiveness," Powell said with a chuckle. "We want to stress the learning and social aspects of the game. The goal is to foster people from different units of the University meeting each other and to provide a recreational outlet as well."

To participate in the league call Powell at 404-727-0230 or send e-mail to Bayly at <nbayly@emory.edu>.

--Michael Terrazas

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