The Washington Times-Herald

Local Sports

April 20, 2013

Melton to have a busy summer

VINCENNES — Brett Melton usually keeps a pretty busy schedule each summer at the Country Club of Old Vincennes.

And while the North Daviess grad who is now the managing partner and Director of Golf of the family-owned business is expecting the normal summer routine at the Knox County course, he's added a few extra events on the side.

Melton has qualified to play in the Web.Com Tour event to be held at Victoria National in Newburgh June 27-30.

But that's just the end of what will be an exhausting schedule at the end of the month.

Melton is hoping to also qualify for golf’s final major, the PGA, in the National Club Pro event at Sun River Resort in Bend, Oregon. The Daviess County resident has made one appearance in the major and just missed, losing in playoffs for two others.

The Club Professional’s event in Oregon takes place the previous days just before the event at Newburgh on June 23-26.

He will play in Oregon first and then make the trip back to Indiana to start the second tournament the next day.

“The worst thing that could happen is that I will get a chance to play,” Melton said of the eight-day trip crossing the country. “I will be playing all week, so I should be in a playing mode.” The Indiana Section of the PGA receives three spots into the tournament. One goes to the Player of the Year, one goes to the low score at the State Open and the third goes to winner of the first yearly event of the Indiana Section.

Melton placed second in that yearly event Monday at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Sagamore Club in Noblesville, and received the spot after longtime club professional Bill Schumaker decided that he did not wish to play.

Ninety-six Indiana players participated in the event.

“Bill has been Player of the Year for something like 15 times in Indiana, and I think he decided that at this point in his career, he didn’t wish to play,” Melton said. “I tied with a couple of other players at the event, and I was able to win the tournament in a playoff. Bill had the only score under par and I tied with the guys at even par.” He has played as a member of the Canadian Tour, played tour events and qualified for the 2005 PGA. He missed qualifying for that major twice in playoffs, although he is hoping another trip is in the offering later this summer.

Melton, who “turned 39 for the first time this week,” said his style of playing has changed in his playing career.

“When I was younger, I would try to make shots that I now watch younger guys try,” Melton said. “But when I was his age, I would try the same shot. I think I try to play smarter now.” Mixing the playing schedule with the time needed to run a club isn’t easy to accomplish. Melton tried to eliminate the playing side once, but found he still had the urge to compete.

“I tried to quit playing once, and it didn’t work too well, I found that it isn’t easy to do. When you’ve played and had some success - you still want to play. But if you can’t take the time to practice, you can’t perform well, and then it’s not fun to play. For me, it was not enjoyable to not play.

“It’s a time-consuming thing,” Melton said of the balance. “Both can be very time consuming and difficult to do. You have 24-7 responsibilities for the business. It is really a lot of work.” Melton looks at the dual opportunity as just that. While the schedule will be difficult, he enters both events with the opportunity to compete and see what happens.

“When I was playing golf for a living, there was certainly more pressure,” Melton said. “I’m just going to play, have some fun and use the experiences that I’ve had. It’s (playing) more of a sideline now. I want to I can go and then come back and try to sell you some clubs, maybe some pizza, and just enjoy it. I’m looking forward to it.”

Text Only
Local Sports
  • Area Baseball Statistics AREA BASEBALL STATS BATTING (Minumum 15 at-bats) BATTING AVERAGE A.J Graber (B-R) .423 C. Miller (LHS) .386 H. Bell (LHS) .381 L. James (B-R) .348 L. Bell (LHS) .321 A. Wittmer (ND) .320 L. Graber (B-R) .318 N. Gingerich (ND) .310 J. Blackwell (LHS)

    April 23, 2014

  • SPT-WT-042314-ASHLEY ELLIOTT PIC BNL downs Washington, 11-1 The Washington softball team lost another game Tuesday night, but coach Bret Graber sees signs of improvement that could pay dividends down the road. The Hatchets have yet to win a game this season, and to an outside observer, the 11-1 loss to Bedfo

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • ND downs B-R 6-2 MONTGOMERY - The Lady Cougars scored four runs in the top of the third inning and that was enough for the victory as they went on to beat Barr-Reeve, 6-2 on Saturday. Molly Wallace started on the mound for the Vikings and took the loss, as she gave

    April 22, 2014

  • SPT-WT-041914-LHS_WHS01 Loogootee defeats Washington, 16-6 LOOGOOTEE -- In the game of softball, a good offensive attack doesn't always mean the number of hits you can record, but rather the patience you can show at the plate. Loogootee used a big second inning to defeat Washington 16-6 in six innings due i

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Friday's Sports Briefs Hatchets beat Lions LOOGOOTEE -- The Washington girls tennis team defeated Loogootee 3-2 Thursday afternoon. Loogootee won the first two singles matches with Emily Bateman defeating Chelsee Brown 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-4 and Erin Nelson defeating Audrey Rog

    April 19, 2014

  • SPT-WT-041714-JAKE BEDWELL PIC Hatchets get first win over Loogootee LOOGOOTEE -- The Loogootee baseball team had its chance to get back to .500 and pick up its fifth win of the season, but instead the visiting Washington Hatchets flipped the script to get their first win of the season. The Hatchets (1-4) scored four

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports Briefs Vikings beat Cardinals MONTGOMERY -- The Barr-Reeve girls tennis team defeated Washington Catholic, 5-0. Allison Hoover beat Macy Kane at No. 1 singles (6-2, 6-0), Melody Rohrer beat Claire Burch at No. 2 singles (6-0, 6-1) and at No. 3 singles, Beth

    April 17, 2014

  • Area girls tennis teams strive for sectional championship Spring is here and that means we have traded snow showers for almost daily thunderstorms, but the temperatures have warmed up and the girls tennis season is in full swing. Washington, Washington Catholic, North Daviess, Loogootee and Barr-Reeve all f

    April 17, 2014

  • SPT-WT-041614-BrianHughes Hughes named District 3 Coach of the Year Bryan Hughes has been coaching basketball for more than half of his life, he's received numerous accolades for his team's success, but one award in particular still brings him great pride. For the third time, Barr-Reeve's Bryan Hughes has been named

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Area Athletic Postponements

    All Barr-Reeve and Washington athletic events for Tuesday were postponed due to inclement weather. Loogootee track and junior varsity baseball were also postponed. North Daviess baseball, girls tennis and boys golf still will go on as planned.

    April 15, 2014