Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s annual Presidential Golf Classic (PGC) will tee off Friday morning at Chickasaw Pointe Golf Club.
Yes, that is Friday the 13th.
Forget the date: There is no snow in the forecast.
The PGC has grown into an extremely popular event and it attracts golfers from across Oklahoma and neighboring states.
The six-person scramble is a favored format for golf tournaments and the setting is gorgeous with the course overlooking Lake Texoma.
The 2014 Presidential Golf Classic has a full field and everybody will be gunning for defending champion Roma Italian Restaurant.
STORM FOOTBALL fans should mark September 18 on their calendars.
Southeastern will be part of the first nationally televised Division II Football Game of the Week program.
The game will be carried live on CBS Sports Network.
Former Savage defensive back Bo Atterberry is the new football head coach and, unlike most instructors in the collegiate ranks, he will be giving his students a test on national television.
Coach Atterberry has been hard at work preparing for his first year as head coach of his alma mater. He and his team will have a couple of games to get ready for the big spotlight.
It’s a Thursday game in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. when Southeastern tackles Henderson State University’s Reddies.
It will be the third game of the season for the Storm. It’s a Great American Conference matchup and it’s on the tube. Talk about a chance for other GAC coaches to scout both Southeastern and Henderson State without making the trip.
“This year, schools from eight different conferences will be making their first nationally televised appearances,” said, Terry Steeb Gronau, vice-president of Division II.
“These games on national television afford us another opportunity to demonstrate what is special about Division II schools and student-athletes. We look forward to showcasing tremendous student-athletes as they succeed on the field, in the classroom and in life.”
The Reddies, ranked No. 5 in Lindy’s preseason Top 25, will be led by quarterback Kevin Rodgers, a 2013 Harlon Hill finalist.
Rodgers is a graduate student working on his master’s degree.
SOUTHEASTERN has 11 games on the 2014 football schedule and six of them will be played on Paul Laird Field.
Of the 11 games, 10 are GAC contests, starting with the opener at Southern Arkansas University at 6 p.m. September 6 and ending at East Central at 2 p.m. on November 15.
The Storm will host the University of Arkansas-Monticello at 6 p.m. on September 13 before heading to Henderson State.
Southeastern will have three in a row at home, starting with Ouachita Baptist at 6 p.m. on September 27, followed by Bacone College at 2 p.m. on October 4 and Southern Nazarene University at 2 p.m. on October 11.
The Storm will visit Southwestern (2 p.m., October 18), host Northwestern for Homecoming 2014 (2 p.m., October 25), travel to Harding University (2 p.m., November 1), and host Arkansas Tech (2 p.m., November 8) before the regular-season finale at East Central.
Bacone College is the only non-GAC team on the schedule. The Warriors are members of the NAIA and the Central States Football League.
Bacone finished in a tie with Southwestern Assemblies of God for the CSFL title last year.
The Warriors were 8-3 overall and 4-1 in conference play.
ABOUT MARKING YOUR calendar …
… September 18 seems a long way off, but it’s really not all that far away.
Football practice will start as soon as it gets hot enough and fans will be wanting to have a look at coach Atterberry’s first edition of Savage Storm football.
Shortly after that, it’s time to kick off a new season with a new coach, several new players and a first appearance on national television.
Go now and mark your dadgum calendar. Mark it.