Meridian Star

June 12, 2014

Golfers tee off in Hull tourney

By Reed DeSalvo \
The Meridian Star

PHILADELPHIA — Local golfers flocked to The Dancing Rabbit Golf Club to test their metal on a challenging golf course while also supporting a great cause.

The 13th annual Steve Hull Classic honors the late Steve Hull, who died at the age of 39 in October 2001 after having served as 18 years in coaching, including seven at East Mississippi Community College.

The tournament also serves as an effort to raise funds to help support college tuition for Hull's children, Trex and Baleigh.

Hull was in the midst of completing a round of golf at the Dancing Rabbit when he suffered a heart attack on the 18th hole and later tragically passed away.

Additionally, funds raised benefit child’s welfare organizations across East Mississippi.

“It’s great that this tournament was able to help Mr. Hull’s children and now other kids as well,” said Dancing Rabbit Golf Pro Sean Racki.

Added EMCC quarterbacks coach Scott Gasper, “This is a great charity that the funds go to. I know that (this event) has been doing it for quite a while. Coach Hull is a former EMCC coach, and it’s a great honor to participate in this event and to be out here representing the school on its behalf.”

Attendees had the opportunity to play on the two golf courses the club provides, the Azaleas and the Oaks. The Azaleas golf course stretches 7,128 yards of Bermuda fairways, while the Oaks sits on 7,706 yards of Zoysia fairways.

“Both courses have different personalities,” Racki said. “The Azaleas is a little more traditional with tree coverage, and the Oaks have more gentle landing areas, but both are tremendous golf courses.”

The Azaleas serve as a unique yet difficult challenge to the average golfer.  

“You have to put the ball into the fairway,” EMCC defensive coordinator Jordan Lesley said. “If you can do that, then you have a chance. It’s a great golf course; it’s in state amateur condition, and it provides a challenge. You’re constantly fighting to make pars.”

Added EMCC defensive backs coach Clifton Collins, “This is the best golf course in the state. It's designed really nice and makes you work on your shots."

Wednesday’s event provided an opportunity for golfers to get away from the monotony of every day life.  

“This is a great thing for us,” EMCC assistant coach Cade Wilkerson said. “We spend a lot of our summer time together, and this is a great thing for us to get away for a little bit and to play in something truly special.”