UK Notebook: Barnhart to help Centre

April 21, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

Fundraising has to be a major part of Mitch Barnhart's job as athletics director at the University of Kentucky.

That's why Centre College athletics director Brian Chafin decided to take a chance and invite Barnhart to participate in one of the Colonels' major fundraising events.

"I had met Mitch before and he said if there was ever anything he could do to help us, just to call. So I called," Chafin.

When he did, Barnhart agreed to speak during the Herb McGuire Praying Colonels Golf Invitational at Danville Country Club. Barnhart will speak at the tourney dinner May 16 after golfers have completed a practice round.


"We are just thrilled to have him coming," Chafin said. "He's certainly done a good job at Kentucky and I felt like a lot of people would enjoy hearing him talk about his experiences. He's also going to talk about the importance of outside financial support for college athletic departments."

Entry fee for the entire invitational is $225 per person and includes golf, dinner, breakfast and a wind jacket.

For those interested in attending only the dinner where Barnhart will speak, cost is $50 and reservations can be made by calling Kathy Fallon at 238-5488.

"This is a major fundraising event for us," Chafin said. "We already have numerous hole sponsors and last year we had a full field of golfers, both men and women. We'll have limited spots available for the dinner, but we really appreciate Mitch taking the time to come and wanted to make sure we gave anyone interested in hearing him speak a chance to do so."

This is the 27th year for the golf tourney, which was named in honor of former Centre coach Herb McGuire last year.

McGuire is the tournament director and questions about the tourney can be directed to him by calling 238-5487.

Beach returns: Running back Arliss Beach returned to practice Monday after missing about two weeks because of a high ankle sprain. He's expected to play in Saturday's Blue-White Game in Commonwealth Stadium at 1 p.m. that will end UK's spring drills.

Beach led the Cats in rushing with 366 yards last season as a sophomore. He's gone from a 160-pound freshman to a 220-pound player and says he has also increased his strength.

"I wish I had not been hurt, but I proved to myself that the extra weight and strength was going to help me before I hurt the ankle," Beach said. "I'm ready for the season to start right now."

Running backs coach Ron Carragher hopes Beach can give the Cats the type of physical play they got from Artose Pinner two years ago.

"He's a strong back who has learned to run harder and break more tackles," Carragher said. "He got a lot better last year and he really started out well this spring before he got hurt. I think he's just going to keep getting better, too."

Barnstorming: Kentucky's five basketball seniors will take part in passing and kicking contests at halftime of Saturday's National Indoor Football League game in Rupp Arena between the Horsemen and Tupelo. The seniors will be available for autographs after the game.

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