Golfer well represents area

August 5, 2013 

I'm not sure of the motivations behind James Adams in his letter July 26 complaining about BND coverage of local golfer Christian Heavens. Unlike Adams, I am among a number of metro-east golfers who are quite interested in Heavens' bid for a pro golf career.

Heavens is a product of the local First Tee program. After earning MVP honors playing for Belleville East, he had a successful golf career at Georgetown College in Kentucky, being named Mid-South Conference player of the year as a senior.

Heavens has played in the U.S. Amateur, and was medalist in the 2013 U.S. Open local qualifying in Kentucky, beating out several pros in the process, and finished 20th in the Ohio sectionals.

As for the Metropolitan Open stories, Heavens was one of six metro-east golfers who received coverage. If Adams had read the stories for meaning, he would know that Heavens had back-to-back eagles in the second round, and was one shot out of the lead going into the last day. Then he had a bad final round -- just as Tiger does sometimes.

I have often seen Heavens up at Stonewolf Golf Club, practicing systematically in the summer heat. He was kind enough to share short-game ideas with me, based on his mini-tour experience. Most of us are not expecting him to be Tiger. Our local guy represents the metro-east well just by being Christian Heavens.

John P. Orr

Swansea

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