Happy 97th to Hunter George Weddington


Happy 97th birthday today to our oldest living Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer, Hunter George Weddington of Meridian. Weddington, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983, won three State Amateur golf championships, the first in 1939 and the last in 1948, nearly 66 years ago. He first played in the State Am in 1936. [...]

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Looking back: A win for working mothers


(This was my column in The Clarion-Ledger, the day after Juli Inkster won the U.S. Open at Old Waverly in 1999.) WEST POINT – Not another working mother in these United States swings a golf club like record-setting U.S. Women’s Open champion Juli Inkster. But every working mother alive can identify with what Inkster goes [...]

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Inkster returning to 2nd home, Old Waverly


WEST POINT – Hall of Famer and 31-time LPGA Tour winner Juli Inkster will return to Old Waverly Golf Club this fall for the Legends Tour’s 2014 ISPS Handa Cup. Inkster won the 1999 U.S. Women’s Open at Old Waverly for one of her seven major championship titles. The ninth ISPS Handa Cup will be [...]

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From Mississippi to Jim Kelly: Best wishes


(What follows is my syndicated column from last week. Jim Kelly has been open about the challenges he faces with cancer. Last week, he completed his first round of chemotherapy and radiation. He will have two more rounds of chemo in the next six weeks, along with daily radiation treatments. Kelly’s doctor has described his [...]

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Rebels’ Anderson still can’t believe it . . .


There’s an old baseball adage that goes something like this: Every time you go to the ballpark, there’s always a chance you’ll see something you’ve never seen before. At Swayze Field in Oxford last Friday night, more than 9,000 folks — or at least those who hung around until the 13th inning — saw something [...]

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RIP: USM football great Bobby Holmes


Every university needs fans such as Ken Shearer. Ken, a former football manager at Southern Miss, has become the school’s unofficial sports historian. Today, he writes about the death of Bobby Holmes, one of USM’s all-time football greats. By Ken Shearer Robert Harold “Bobby” Holmes, age 85, died Sunday, April 6, in Biloxi.  Bobby Holmes [...]

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State marvelous Final Four run remembered


We are in the 75th year of so-called March Madness, which means we are, in Super Bowl terms, about to watch Final Four LXXV. Do the math and you know that 300 (CCC) teams will have taken part in the Final Four — only one (I) from Mississippi. In 1996, Richard Williams, a former volunteer [...]

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The remarkable legacy of Chucky Mullins …


(At Ole Miss, Deterrian “D.T.” Shackelford has been selected the winner of the 2014 Chucky Mullins Courage Award, becoming the first two-time recipient of the honor. What follows is the column I wrote in 1989 on the 20th anniversary of the injury that eventually caused Chucky’s death.) • RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. — Roy Lee “Chucky” Mullins’ [...]

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An open letter from Annandale Golf Club…


The following is an open letter to Mississippi golf fans from Annandale Golf Club. To The Supporters of the Sanderson Farms Championship: On April 1, 2014, the Board of Century Club Charities voted to change the venue of the Sanderson Farms Championship from Annandale Golf Club in Madison, Mississippi, to the Country Club of Jackson, [...]

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Sanderson Farms tournament moving to CCJ


The 2014 Sanderson Farms Championship will move to the Country Club of Jackson, tournament officials have announced. The move from Annandale in Madison, the tournament’s 20-year home, to the northeast Jackson club was made to enhance the tournament’s ability to raise money for Friends of Children’s Hospital, tournament officials announced. The move requires approval from [...]

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