Sept. 11, 2008
The Inaugural 4Kay Golf Classic presented by Nike took place Monday, Sept. 8, at the Cowboys Golf Club. Aimed at raising funds and awareness for the WBCA/Kay Yow Cancer Fund and creating an enjoyable atmosphere for many of college basketball’s elite coaches and colleagues, the event was a smashing success.
Clemson’s Cristy McKinney was one of over 150 coaches, friends and colleagues to join forces to raise funds for women’s cancers research through the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund in partnership with The V Foundation. Those in attendance shared tons of laughter, special moments and a few tears as they showed their support for N.C. State head coach Kay Yow as she faces her third bout with breast cancer.
McKinney (formerly Earnhardt) was a four-year letterwinner at NC State from 1975-79. Her coach those years was Kay Yow, who is now in her 33rd season in Raleigh, McKinney’s freshman season was also Yow’s first year at the helm of the NC State program. The protégé won her first game against her mentor last season as McKinney led the Lady Tigers to an overtime victory over the Wolfpack in the opening round of the ACC Tournament.
McKinney’s foursome included former Wolfpack Woman Trudi Lacey, former Clemson Head Coach Jim Davis and Dean Weese, longtime girls basketball coach in Texas. Steph Louden also joined the group for nine holes.
Among the attendees were WBCA President and Oklahoma Head Coach Sherri Coale, Connecticut’s Geno Auriemma, Tennessee’s Pat Summitt, Kansas’ men’s head coach Bill Self, Minnesota’s Tubby Smith, former Texas women’s head coach Jody Conradt, hall of fame player and current ESPN broadcaster Nancy Lieberman and The V Foundation CEO Nick Valvano.
Several LPGA players teed off at the event as well, including Anna Acker-Macosko, Kristi Albers, Laurie Brower, Beth Daniel, Jennifer Gleason, Kate Golden, Betsy King, Steph Louden, Hillary Lunke, Meg Mallon, Barb Muscha, Judy Rankin, Amy Read, Kristen Samp, Sherri Turner, Colleen Walker, Wendy Ward, Heather Young.
Coale’s group — partnered with new LPGA pro and former TCU star Stacy Bieber, OU director of operations Guy Austin, Tony McKaig of Norman and Tim Cargile of Tulsa — placed one stroke out of the prizes in fourth with a 13-under 59.
For more information about the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund visit the www.wbca.org.
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