Russell wins Lake’s club championship
It has been eighteen years since a golfer from Johnson County has won the title of Lake of Egypt Medal Play Club Champion. This year, it is 19-year old J.T. Russell, son of J.R., of Goreville.
J.T. won the title this past weekend at the beautiful Lake course shooting a three under par score of 69 on the final day of the two-day event. He won the event by seven strokes, over runner-up Josh Tabor’s 150. When coupled with his 74 on Saturday, J.T.’s total was 143, one under par for the prestigious event.
The last Johnson County resident winner was Don Treece, of Vienna, in 1996.
J.T. is a sophomore at A.I.B. College of Business in Des Moines, Iowa, an eight hour drive from Goreville. In addition to playing golf for the school there he can, but doesn’t, boast of a 3.9 grade point average. There the spring golf is played quite often in temperatures in the 40’s, and then in the 50’s and up in the fall outings. He returns in two weeks to “hit the books” and contend with the Texas-like winds on the courses there.
His lowest 9-hole score recorded at the Lake was an earlier 31 (5 under par 36). His lowest 18-hole competitive score was a 68 on the Links at West Frankfort’s Franklin County Country Club.
Other Johnson Countians to hold this coveted title at the Lake of Egypt include:
Don Treece, in ‘83, ‘84, ‘87 and ‘96 at age 51.
Jim Hodges, in ‘85.
Bill Maloney (5 times), in ‘72, ‘77, ‘78, ‘79 and ‘80.
And, Lake of Egypt pro Mark Faulkner, as an amateur in ‘86, ‘88, ‘89 and ‘90, before turning a PGA professional.