Local man shines brightest at star-studded tournament
The Nations of Coaches Celebrity Golf Classic once again returned to The River Golf Club.
Only in its second year, the event assembles some of the biggest names in the college basketball for a fun morning on the first day of the Nike Peach Jam. Roy Williams of the University of North Carolina; Mark Fox of the University of Georgia; Gregg Marshall of Wichita State University; Ron Hunter of Georgia State University and Buzz Peterson of UNC Wilmington were just a few of those who participated.
That said, the star that shined the brightest was North Augusta’s own Jason Lynn.
Lynn, who works with North Augusta Parks and Recreation, got a hole-in-one on Hole 13, which was 166-yards with a 7-iron to win a 2014 GMC Sierra from Master Buick GMC.
It didn’t stop there, however.
Lynn was also a part of the overall winning teach of the tournament, which was led by Virginia Military Institute’s men’s basketball coach Duggar Baucom. Also on the team was Lynn’s boss, Rick Meyer, who serves as the director of North Augusta Parks and Recreation, Meyer’s son Trey and Brandon Pennington.
To add on to that the team also won a gift certificate to The River Club after having their names pulled for getting a birdie on another hole.
“It was maybe the best experience in my life outside of a couple of things,” the near-speechless Lynn said. “That’s probably the best way I can describe it. ... I just feel awesome right now.”
When asked what Lynn didn’t win on the day, Meyer chimed in that he would “still have to report to work.”
Coming in second place was the team headed by Bobby Cremins, former coach at Appalachian State, Georgia Tech and the College of Charleston. Third place was the team spearheaded by Gregg Marshall, head coach of the men’s basketball team at Wichita State University. Marshall’s team included director of golf at The River Club, Chris Verdery.
Tommy Kyle, executive director of Nations of Coaches, stated that the event was quite successful.
“It was a great event; it was a wet day but the rain held off so we got the majority of the golf in,” he said. “This is more about raising some money to pour back into Nations of Coaches and a percentage was also given to a local children’s hospital. It’s for the ministry as a whole, and people get to be around some high-level coaches. The coaches also enjoy it because they love to compete. Last year, we had Roy (Williams) and Tubby (Smith) and it came down to Tubby beating him by a stroke.”
The ministry provides character coaches to a number of programs. Before the start of the event Marshall praised Steve Dickie, the Shockers’ character coach.
“We give him 15 minutes several times a month and he talks about something bigger than basketball, and that’s them growing as men and living their lives better,” Marshall said. “We have just been on a fairy tale run for the past few years since Steve’s been there. He’s a great team chaplain and character coach, but he’s also a great friend. He adds tremendous value to our program, so I don’t think it’s any coincidence that he was along for last year’s Final Four run, and he helped make that happen.”
For their part, despite the conditions, The River Golf Club was happy with the end result.
“It wasn’t ideal, but everyone had a good attitude and made the best of it and had a good time,” Verdery said.
Scott Rodgers is the news editor at the North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since January 2013 after previously working at the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Alvernia University and currently attends Drexel University.