SENIOR ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT: CHRISTIAN HEAVENSBy VICTORIA ENGELHARDT
Not many seniors are able to call themselves Mid-South Conference Champion and the Player of the Year and have a giant ring to show for it, but Senior golfer Christian Heavens has these accomplishments and many more already under his belt. He credits how far he has come in the golf world to the support and encouragement of his grandfather, who has had him golfing since he was 7 months old and who made sure Christian had lots of chances to play and had all the things he needed to succeed.
This all-around athlete also played basketball until his junior year in high school, and firmly believes that he can succeed at any sport he tries, but is keeping his focus on going professional in golf after graduation. This St. Louis native made his way to Georgetown College because of the First Tee program. This program, through the World Golf Foundation, is designed to give high school students of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop character and values through golf and education.
Georgetown College is the first in the United States to offer scholarships to students who have ompleted one of the First Tee Life Skills and Leadership Academies, and our program is designed to give students the connections and opportunities they need to succeed in the golf world. Christian is very grateful to be a First Tee scholar because of all of the unique opportunities it has given him, including being able to have President Crouch caddy for him in the United States Amateur Championship earlier this year. He hopes to expand on the connections he has developed throughout his time at Georgetown after graduation, when he plans to declare himself a professional golfer.
Next summer he will compete professionally, then plans to attend the Professional Golf Management Program in Florida. “I have been blessed to do what I want to do and I’m really excited to be able to play professional golf after college, but I think college has gone by really fast.” He is a Communication and Media Studies major, and credits his major and the First Tee program with making him a better leader by giving him more opportunities to take leadership classes and practice leadership skills on the course and in small groups.
During the past few years at Georgetown, he has grown as a person, becoming more proactive and taking charge of situations instead of letting things just work themselves out. His advice for underclassmen is to go to CEPs (Nexus Events) and do not put them off until senior year. Because Christian has been playing golf for over two decades, it is difficult for him to choose just one memorable golf moment, saying, “I’ve had game-winning shots, hit shots with thousands of people watching me, played on national television, hit shots with hundreds of kids watching and learning, played in front of the top college golf coaches in high school… I’ve done it all under many different situations, but I guess what I wouldn’t trade for the world are the days when I was a kid playing golf with my grandfather and his buddies. That was when it was simply fun! Not anything extra on top of the golf shot, no strive for perfection, playing with those guys was simply fun for me, especially after a long day in class.”
In what little time this all-around athlete has, he enjoys going on dates and having girls come watch him play golf. When he goes pro, his plan is to “try and give it a go with Kim Kardashian.” I wish him well on that one. Christian has very lofty ideals and has proven himself willing to do what it takes to achieve his dreams, so maybe Kim Kardashian isn’t totally out of reach.
Tigers take down CampbellsvilleBy ANDY RUSSELL
Numbers don’t mean anything to the 2010-2011 Georgetown College football team, and they proved that in their win on the road this past week against Mid-South Conference rival Campbellsville University. Campbellsville has consistently been in the front seat in the MSC for the duration of the season, but the Tigers changed all that with one quick stroke. The team was victorious, 52-21, in last Thursday’s intense match-up and took control of the MSC with their second division win. Read on to find out how it all went down.
At the start of the game, both teams were able to move the ball on their initial possession. However, GC’s defense came through (as it has in he past) and stopped Campbellsville multiple times early on in the game. GC jumped out to a 28-7 lead and never looked back, except for the third quarter. Campbellsville was able to hold GC’s offense in check during that quarter and scored the only points of the quarter, pulling close to the Tigers at 38-21. However, that was as close as they would get. GC’s offense would take over from there and go on to rout Campbellsville the rest of the game.
GC got a lot of production from their offense in this game and had some big-time performances from some great players. Kaelin Ammons led the attack for GC from the quarterback position, going 18-of-28 with 299 yards and three touchdowns. He also had a rushing touchdown. Blake Naylor had a fantastic allaround performance with 288 yards of offense and one touchdown. Randy Doss and Logan Osborne also had a touchdown each on the ground. Chris Gohman was Ammon’s favorite target on the outside and he tallied four catches for 87 yards and a score. Naylor also had a touchdown grab and Cody Minnis caught one as well.
This was a great game and huge win that helped not only the team’s confidence but their standings in the MSC as well. GC returns to the gridiron on Saturday against Pikeville for the Homecoming game at 1:30 in Toyota Stadium. Be sure to go out and support the Tigers as they face Pikeville!
Cross country team
By ANDY RUSSELL
races to record-setting scores
One important aspect of the athletic department that we don’t hear a lot about here at Georgetown is the crosscountry team. Both the men’s and the women’s teams have performed very well this year and have a lot of talent that they can showcase. The men’s team was certainly ready to go in their last meet in the Greater Louisville Classic on Oct. 2.
In fact, the team was so good that they had a record-setting day, which pleased coach Todd McDaniels. The team ran in the Silver Race and almost every runner had a personal best day. Scott Ritter, a senior from Falmouth, Ky., led the team on the day, finishing in 26 minutes and 38 seconds. Overall he finished in 11th place. Freshman Brandon Pulliam finished hot on the heels of Ritter and finished in 27 minutes and 40 seconds, placing 46th.
Here are the rest of the Tigers and their finishing times: Tyler Doolittle, 27:47, Corey Hatfield, 28:00, Tanner Alexander, 28:08. This ended the scoring category for the Tigers, but there were still many other runners that finished strong for the team. Michael Bailey, Todd Bixler, Joe Cox, Cody Polzin, Peyton Anderson, Reid Stivers and Mark Scout also competed for the team and finished well. The team has been very impressive this season and is sitting in third in the MSC after this run.
McDaniels was very proud of his team and is looking forward to seeing what else they can do this season. The women’s cross country team, meanwhile, finished 11th place overall in the Greater Louisville Classic, behind only two Mid-South Conference teams. Freshman Elisha Overpeck came in fourth place overall in her fourth race with a time of 19 minutes and 8 seconds. Finnja Ramcke finished in 21 minutes 40 seconds to place 71st, Jordan Emmert placed 82nd with a time of 21:57, Kristen Snyder finished in 22:15 for 102nd place, and Maggie Wilson finished in 109th place with a time of 22:25.