Cary Hungate is back where he feels he belongs, at the Kokomo Country Club.
Hungate, who spent 19 years at KCC before moving to Green Acres to be that course’s pro and general manager a little more than a year ago, returned as the Kokomo Country Club’s golf pro earlier this year.
“First, I wanted to go back because I love the golf course and we’re able to host major tournaments in Indiana,” Hungate said. “My family’s kind of basically grown up there. We’re trying to meet these challenges in the economy; I think things will get better. Hopefully we can rebuild the membership.
“I am really looking forward to it. My family’s all excited. They love the course. Everybody’s golfers in my family. We’ve still got a lot of good kids there and I was lucky enough to teach and coach great students out there.”
That teaching role is one of the highlights for Hungate, who often talks about how much he enjoys watching younger players embrace the game and get better.
“I’ve had a lot of great success teaching,” he said. “It’s a great heritage. Our golf course, even though we’ve had these awful summers, it’s still been in great shape. It’s just a great place to play golf.”
Hungate spent a season at Green Acres, getting a look at a different course, and also a wider understanding of what goes into running a golf course.
“It was kind of a different job,” he said. “I was more of a general manager and golf pro, and I cooked, I was ordering food, ordering beer. Those types of things, I have more of an appreciation for. It would be extremely tough to do all of those things in one job. When you try to be a general manager, you appreciate the other guys with you at the club because there’s a lot of hours involved.
“I learned a lot that way and maybe I can help out more [at KCC] if they need me to.”
Hungate says this season he’s working more closely with the membership committee to find ways to attract new members, especially younger golfers who have plenty ahead of them. One of the reasons Hungate is so enthused about attracting people to the club is how highly he regards the course
“I think it’s a golf course where you can get better,” Hungate said. “It says that for itself because we’ve had all these champions come through there. We’ve had state amateur champions on both the women’s and men’s sides. If you’re going to improve your golf game, that’s a great course to be at.
“Our greens are a lot faster than the others in town, you have to learn to chip and putt on those greens. I’m a little prejudiced [in favor of the KCC], but it’s in the top 15 or 20 shape-wise in the state of Indiana.”
He likes to be able to show that off to golfers from around the state. That was another draw back to KCC.
“By far we have more tournaments than anyone,” he said. “It makes you a better player.”
• Hungate, Phil Johnston, Mike Harshman, Mike Grant and Gregg Lucas played in the Barona Creek Invitational Pro-Am Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in San Diego. The KCC contingent took ninth each of the three days of competition.
Long-time pro is back after a year at Green Acres
Cary Hungate is back where he feels he belongs, at the Kokomo Country Club.
Comets wear crown
In a softball game that was every bit the pitchers’ duel many were expecting, Tipton senior stud Shelby Hursh and Eastern junior ace Abby Oyler went head-to-head for nine innings in Friday’s Class 2A Eastern Sectional final.
When the smallest of doors cracked open late in extra innings, it was the Comets who were able to sneak through.
Northwestern takes down West Lafayette
Northwestern played a very solid game on both offense and defense in defeating West Lafayette 8-5 in the opening round of the IHSAA Class 3A Peru Baseball Sectional Thursday night.
10 area athletes advance to boys track state finals
Austin Roark’s first season as the head boys track and field coach at Eastern High School just keeps getting better and better.
A week after guiding the Comets to their first sectional title since 1998, Roark will join six of his athletes at next weekend’s IHSAA state finals after advancing out of Thursday’s Kokomo Regional at Walter Cross Field.
Eastern dominates Taylor in softball
GREENTOWN — The third time turned out not to be the charm for the Taylor softball squad as Eastern improved to 3-0 on the season over its backyard rival Wednesday night, ousting the Titans from the Class 2A Eastern Sectional 15-0 in five innings.
Barnes sets Taylor's career hits record
Taylor baseball standout Logan Barnes made his final game at George Phares Field one to remember.
Barnes pitched four solid innings to lead Taylor past Monroe Central 9-3 Tuesday. In addition, he went 2 for 3 at the plate, pushing his career hits total to a school-record 142.
Kats drop heartbreaker
When the postseason arrives, emotions surge like a roller-coaster. One minute, it’s a long uphill, then a wild series of events offer a barrage of frights and thrills. And then, for one team, the ride ends and there aren’t any more tickets for another go around.
After two days of chills and thrills, Kokomo’s softball team ran out of tickets Tuesday night in the Class 4A Harrison Sectional. The Kats dropped a 4-3 decision to Harrison in eight innings, giving up a run in the top of the extra frame, and having a runner tagged out at home in the bottom of the frame.
“It was a great game,” Harrison coach Dick Mitchell said. “It’s always nerve-wracking to coach in one of them, but both teams played their hearts out. Nobody deserved to lose that game, but unfortunately somebody does.”
Comets turn heads at track regional
Heading into Tuesday’s IHSAA girls track and field regional at Fort Wayne Northrop High School’s Spuller Stadium, event workers alike weren’t sure of Eastern High School’s location.
After the dust settled, they may feel compelled to get a map out and find out where Greentown is located.
Led by seniors Sarah Wagner, Brittany Neeley and Bethany Neeley, the Comets qualified for the state finals in six separate events to finish fourth as a team with 55.5 points, behind host and champion Northrop (78), Bellmont (68) and Carroll (Allen) 66.
GASKINS: Hibbert’s block was thing of beauty
For the better part of the NBA season, ESPN devoted all kinds of time on SportsCenter episodes to replays of two dunks. Anyone who watches any ESPN at all surely knows the two to which I’m referring: 6-foot-11 DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers posterizing 6-3 Brandon Knight of the Detroit Pistons, and 6-8 LeBron James of the Miami Heat hammering home a dunk over 6-2 Jason Terry of the Boston Celtics.
Day after day, ESPN commentators lavished endless praise, which quickly grew tiresome. The dunks were strong, but Jordan and James were much taller and heavier than Knight and Terry and the dunkers also caught perfect alley-oop passes with the defenders in poor positions to defend. Still, ESPN commentators loved these plays.
I kept wondering if a great defensive play would receive the same kind of love.
Coons, Walker, Glassburn reach Victory Lane
When the dust settled Sunday evening at the Kokomo Speedway, a pair of drivers who have visited Victory Lane in the past at the local oval found themselves there once again while a talented up-and-comer hit the hallowed ground for the first time.
Jerry Coons Jr. had his way in the sprint car feature and Craig Walker seemed to get faster as the laps wound down to win the Street Stock main event, however Kokomo High School sophomore Kory Glassburn had to scratch and fight before scoring the first feature win of his career in the Thunder Car A-main.
Field is set for Indianapolis 500
After being bumped from the starting field while sitting on the qualifying line on pole day, Josef Newgarden turned the fastest time on bump day, assuring himself a spot in the Indianapolis 500.
The field of 33 cars will have one final opportunity to practice on Friday before next Sunday’s 97th running of the 500.
One year ago the Sarah Fisher Racing Team withdrew Newgarden’s entry on the first day of qualifying and had to qualify on bump day. This year the team decided not to make another qualifying run and got bumped.
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