Sunday, April 08, 2001

Metcalfe, Kunkemoeller are 2001 Legends of Golf




By Jack Murray
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Taylor Metcalfe and Larry Kunkemoeller are this year's Legends of Cincinnati Golf honorees. The 20th annual program is scheduled for May 14 at Maketewah Country Club.

        Metcalfe won the 1976 Ohio Amateur and the Met twice (1970, '82). He was Met runner-up five times.

LEGENDS OF GOLF
  1982 - John Fischer, Carl Schmidt
  1983 - Neil Ransick, Ells Widerman

  1984 - Maurice McCarthy, Gale Evans

  1985 - Milt Cook Carl Schlotman Sr.

  1986 - Tony Blom, “Duke” Smith

  1987 - Olga Weil, Stan Sullivan

  1988 - Bill Deupree, John Busemeyer

  1989 - Dr. Harry Duccilli, Howard Dammel

  1990 - Joan Comisar, Art & Ann Romanow

  1991 - Don Gill,1991, Bill Rhodenbaugh

  1992 - Roger McManus, Ed Stegner

  1993 - DeWitt Balch, Tom Earls

  1994 - John Wood II, Bill Anderson

  1995 - Allen Joslin, Sandra Jones

  1996 - Marion Scheibly, Jimmy Woods

  1997 - Dick Peterson, Judy Diem

  1998 - 1Louise Kepley, Mort Olman

  1999 - Margaret Jones, Ed Heimann

  2000 - Denny Gallagher, Bruce Rotte

  2001 - Taylor Metcalfe, Larry Kunkemoeller
        The Wyoming High graduate also won:

        • Wyoming Golf Club championship 16 times;

        • 1992 Legends tournament;

        • Cincinnati Tournament of Champions twice;

        • Tri-State Championship (with partner);

        • Olga Weil Championship (with partner);

        • Camargo Fleishman Cup;

        • 2000 Charlie Cole Invitational (with partner) in Colorado.

        Metcalfe qualified for the U.S. Amateur eight times, once reaching the round of 16 where he lost on the second playoff to Bill Kratzert. He also qualified for the U.S. Mid-Amateur twice.

        A protege of former Wyoming Golf Club pro Tommy Ritter, Metcalfe won the Youth Golf Championship at age eight at Avon Field. He caddied for Legends honorees John Busemeyer, Harry Duccilli and Bill Anderson.

        Metcalfe played at Rollins College in Florida, where he was an All-American and led Rollins to the 1970 NCAA College Division Championship. Rollins also finished second, third and fourth the other three years of his ten ure. The last shot of his college career was a hole-in-one in the NCAAs. In 1977, he was elected to the Rollins Athletic Hall of Fame.

        Kunkemoeller was one of the four founders of the Legends of Cincinnati Golf in 1981, for the purpose of recognizing those individuals who have significantly influenced amateur goal in the Greater Cincinnati area.

        “Larry has served continuously, tirelessly and selflessly since then towards the success of the Legends,” the selection committee said in its release.

        Kunkemoeller was a delegate to the Greater Cincinnati Golf Association for 16 years and member of the board of directors the last 12 years. He has been a rules official, awards chairman and tournament chairman and, last year, won the GCGA “White Hat of the Year.”

        His golf record represent ing Purcell High, Xavier University and Terrace Park Country Club isn't bad either. He has three career holes-in-one.

        In 1952, Kunkemoeller and his Musketeer teammates won the Ohio Intercollegiate Championship. He won the Terrace Park club championship twice and was runner-up six times. He won the club senior title twice and was runner-up six times. He once tied the Terrace Park amateur course record with a 64.

        In 1996 and '97, Kunkemoeller and his son, Tom, won the Cincinnati Family Handicap Championship.

        He was runner-up in the Met once and a semifinalist twice. He finished third in stroke-play qualifying once. He won the Queen City Flight of the Met once. He also has won the Hamilton Country Publinx (William Albers Memorial) and the Queen City Invitational as well as the Tri-State Championship (with partner).

        Each year, two honorees are selected based on their golfing achievements or their contributions to golf or both. The honorees are chosen by the Honoree Selection Committee, an independent committee, chaired by Bruce Rotte.

        Prior to the recognition dinner, a golf competition is conducted for an invited field. Invitees must be at least 40 years old and have won a scratch-play golf tournament or be a special invitee for service to golf. Jerry Thomas will serve as master of ceremonies at the dinner.
       



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