They created our favorite Seminole memories and now they return to Killearn Golf Club this coming Monday, October 26 to share and to create new memories with Osceola subscribers.
When we re-imagined the Osceola last year, we expanded our tagline “Devoted to FSU Sports” to “Devoted to FSU Sports and Fan Experiences.”
In addition to the weekly Osceola Happy Hours we’ve created on Zoom, the Osceola Celebrity Classic is an intimate way to connect our subscribers with former players, coaches and staff – the guys they cheered for but maybe haven’t met — for a socially distanced day of memories, photos and conversations.
The participants currently include quarterbacks Kirk Coker, Charlie Ward and Wally Woodham. The receivers include Shannon Baker, Herb Gainer, Kez McCorvey and Kurt Unglaub, as well a s runningback Nick Maddox who was also a good receiver out of the backfield. Offensive lineman and baseball broadcaster Eric Luallen. From the defense, linebacker Kirk Carruthers and Randy Cofield, defensive backs Rocky Kinsey and Leroy Smith and defensive lineman Keith Southwood.
Garrett Blanton and Bryan Henry represent baseball. Former track athletes Bill Lickson and Bernie Waxman, who also served many years in athletics administration.
Our list of coaches and staff include Mickey Andrews, Wally Burnham, Jim Gladden and Sue Hall, Bobby Bowden’s longtime assistant. From men’s and women’s track we have Terry Long and Dick Roberts. And from Sports Information, Rob Wilson and Bob Thomas will regale us with stories, some of which may be true.
Former Osceola editor Jim Henry, currently the sports editor of the Tallahassee Democrat, will also play and spin entertaining sports yarns with participants.
Of course, your friends at the Osceola will take some swings and be there to report the best of the storytelling with our subscribers who are unable to attend. We’ll also have video interviews to share with you, with a video station set up on the Silver Media and Bowden Dynasty Hole.
We’re keeping the Inaugural Osceola Celebrity Golf Classic in the family by hosting it at Killearn Golf Club, now owned by Ron Tolliver and Jimmy Graganella, both Seminoles. Jimmy is a former FSU wide receiver and on the Seminole executive committee. Jimmy and his wife Lisa were 17 when they met at the Killearn pool, so it’s re-imagination is near and dear to their hearts. Their son, Nick, played baseball for Mike Martin and their daughter, Nicole, cheered for the Seminoles.
Golfers will notice improvements to the course and new carts. Childers Construction will soon take a wrecking ball to the existing 30-room hotel, lockerroom and banquet facility, which will make way for a new design and construction of a clubhouse, ballroom, fitness center, lockerroom and pool area. Phase 1 of the project will be finished in time for the 2021 football season.
We are very grateful to Killearn Golf Club, and our sponsors, who have contributed prizes to make this a fun event for players at every skill level. Special thanks to Chris Kraft of Kraft Nissan for providing a Hole-in-One contest at every par 3 hole. A lucky golfer may drive off with a new Nissan, a set of new golf clubs, large HD television or travel package. We will also be giving away travel packages to St. James Bay Golf Club, a two-night package at the new Hotel Indigo in Collegetown, Gift Certificates to the University Center Club and Island Wings. FSU graduate John Corry, who produced the Bowden Dynasty Film, has contributed items. We’ll even be giving away Seminole spears and tomahawks, created by John Lojan, and much more.
Osceola subscriber Andre Connan, who owns Kool Breeze Helicopter Tours, is planning a ball drop, which sounds thrilling. Entrants place their signed ball in a bucket, which is loaded into a helicopter and then dropped onto a green. The ball that falls closest to the pin wins!
Fun. That’s our goal at the Osceola, to make Seminole sports fun for every one of our subscribers. While winning is certainly the greatest joy, we believe putting our subscribers together with former coaches and players to reminisce and to become friends is a lot of fun too.
For information, visit theosceola.com/golf or call Patrick Burnham (850) 530-9686 or Jerry Kutz (850) 508-8690.