Originally created 07/10/01

Cremins turns attention to golf



Bobby Cremins was born to recruit, and being retired from coaching basketball won't stop him from working the gym at this week's Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta.

The twist, however, is that Cremins will be recruiting the coaches and not the players. His objective is to fill the field at The River Club's charity golf tournament on Friday benefiting the Children's Medical Center.

"My job is to round up coaches and get them over to The River Club," Cremins said. "And if we don't get enough coaches you can blame me. But I think we'll have a lot of good ones. It's starting to fill up."

The former Georgia Tech basketball coach was persuaded to get involved in the first Peach Jam week charity event by Kansas coach Roy Williams and the Rev. Gary Redding of the First Baptist Church of North Augusta. Since Cremins doesn't have to worry about evaluating the on-court talent at the Riverview Activity Center, he will use the time to get the coaches on course during the 5 hour, 15 minute break between sessions on Friday afternoon.

"If it works out we'll do it again in the future," said Cremins, who will come to town a day early to conduct a basketball clinic for Nike on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

"The Peach Jam has turned into one of the best events of the recruiting period," Cremins said. "All the coaches have to come through there."

The four-person scramble tournament will be limited to the first 50 golfers who sign up to join the coaches. There should be one or two coaches in every group, and the pairings will be selected by lottery. River Club pro Chris Verdery said about 20 spots remained available Monday. The $100 per player fee includes lunch, prizes and golf in the 1 p.m. shotgun event.

The top flight of golfing coaches - all single-digit handicappers - expected to play include Williams, Jim Calhoun of Connecticut, Steve Alford of Iowa, Ricardo Patton of Colorado and Jim Boeheim of Syracuse. Cremins classifies himself as a second-flighter along with Tubby Smith of Kentucky and Jim Harrick of Georgia.

"Golf is a great outlet for coaches," Cremins said. "It's actually saved my life in retirement and kept me from being totally bored."

For more information or to sign up, contact The River Club golf shop at (803) 202-0110.

Reach Scott Michaux at (706) 823-3219.