Big Green Tour Cranks Up This, Next Week

Marshall's Annual Big Green Coaches Tour is getting cranked up this week with stops in Parkersburg on Thursday and Mason on Friday. Next week, the Herd coaches and staff will head to Ashland, Kentucky, at Superior Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep at 1041 Greenup Avenue. ESPN 930 AM will be there from 4-6 p.m. with the "Insider Sportsline/Statewide" shows, then fans can meet coaches, staff and Marco.

Thursday, May 22, at 6 p.m., the tour will stop at the North End Tavern in Parkersburg, known locally as The NET, for the "Rally in the Alley." The cost is $25 per person, and football coach Mark Snyder will be there. So will men's basketball coach Donnie Jones and women's basketball coach Royce Chadwick and many other members of the MU athletic staff and Big Green Scholarship Fund.

On Friday, May 23, the tour will tee things up with the MGM Club of the Big Green. Representing Mason County, W.Va., and Meigs and Gallia Counties in Ohio, the clue will have its golf scramble at the Riverside Golf Club in Mason, W.Va. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and there will be a 9 a.m. shotgun start for the scramble. Entry fees are $600 for a corporate sponsor (with four golfers) or $150 for each individual golfer. There are hole-in-one prizes including a three-year lease of a Ford Edge, a five-day cruise to the Caribbean, two round-trip airline tickets anywhere in the continental United States or a full set of Pulsar Irons, all sponsored by John Sang Ford-Lincoln-Mercury of Gallipolis, Ohio. Call 304-812-6279 or 304-593-2404 for information.

On Tuesday, May 27, it's a stop in the Bluegrass State at Superior Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep in Ashland, Kentucky. Woody Woodrum will host the "Insider Sportsline" show from 4-6 p.m. on ESPN 930 AM in the Tri-State (and ESPN 1490 AM in Charleston from 5-6 p.m.). At 6 p.m., coaches, staff, Marco and the MU cheerleaders will meet, greet and eat with the Herd fans from Ashland-Ironton, Ohio-Huntington areas. There is no charge for this event.

On May 31, the "Great American Thunder Fest" will take place at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, in an event run by the MU Alumni. There are 1,000 tickets reserved for MU fans for the Cincinnati Reds hosting the Atlanta Braves, whose catcher Brian McCann grew up in Huntington. Dr. Stephen Kopp, President of Marshall University, will throw out the first pitch. Go to for more information and to order MU tickets for game. Fans are invited to stick around for Sunday's Big Green Coaches Tour stop at the Legendary Golf Club in Cincinnati.

Also on May 31, the Marshall University Quarterback Club of Charleston will have its annual Herd Beach Party at the Charleston Marriott. Cost is $45 each, and the MU football staff will be in attendance. Reservations are required, so call John Pauley at 304-345-4343 for information. On Monday, June 2, the club will have its golf outing at Berry Hills Country Club in South Charleston. Early bird registration for both events is through May 25.

Friday, June 13 (birthday of your author - 52, thank you!), the Marshall women's golf team will host its annual Lady Herd Golf Day fund raiser. It starts at 1 p.m. at Sleepy Hollow Country Club on Route 34 between Hurricane and Teays Valley. Entries cost $125 each for Sleepy Hollow members, and $150 for non-members. Hole sponsorships, including a printed sign on the course, are $100. Call Meredith Knight Rowsey, head coach of the women's team, at 304-696-2325, or e-mail the coach at on the web.

Marshall returns to Sleepy Hollow the following week for another Big Green Coaches Tour event. The Putnam County Big Green Club holds it annual meeting in the clubhouse at 6 p.m. ESPN 930 AM will be there for the "Insider Sportsline/Statewide" shows from 4-6 p.m. as always. The cost is $15, which includes food and drink, and many of the MU athletic staff and coaches will be in attendance. RSVP with the Big Green office for this normally sold-out event at 304-696-4661.

Other stops on the Big Green Coaches Tour include: Beckley, Noon, May 29, at Grandview Country Club, $125 for golf and dinner or $25 for dinner; Logan on June 4, at Logan Country Club in Chapmanville, $100 for golf (Noon) and dinner or $50 for dinner (6:30 p.m.); Lexington, Ky., reception at Andover Country Club (6:30 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. dinner) for $15; Columbus, Ohio, at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Cafe' (7 p.m.) for $30; and White Sulphur Springs for golf at The Greenbrier Resort, for $250 per person.

One other big event is in November when the MU Alumni hits the Seven Seas on Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas for a cruise November 1-6. Stops include Georgetown, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, Mexico and two relaxing days at sea. For more information, check MUAA Alumni Club At Sea website or call 877-882-8204. Cabins start at $565 per person inside to suites at $1,060. Deposits of $100 are due August 8 of this summer.

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