Tom Keegan

Column: Pierson should play RB, not WR
June 18, 2014
The closer it gets to college football season, the more columnist Tom Keegan thinks about ways to get the ball in the hands of Tony Pierson more often.
Column: Wind woes bend, don’t break Woodland at Open
June 15, 2014
Gary Woodland yanked his tee shot left, deep into the waste area that hugs the fairways at Pinehurst No. 2, up against a fence, in among the pine trees. From there, Woodland’s round went backward. Literally. Column by Tom Keegan
Column: Call Thompson anything except overwhelmed by U.S. Open debut
June 12, 2014
All of his life his name had been Chris Thompson. And then, at age 37, he finally qualified for a PGA Tour event and his name became Nicholas Thompson. Per the official bag tag he was given upon his arrival Monday to play in the 114th U.S. Open in which he tees off at 1:42 p.m. today at Pinehurst No. 2, his name now is “Casey Thompson.” Thompson took to Twitter to have fun with the latest case of mistaken identity, posting a picture of the bag tag and a message: “How you know when you’ve arrived.” Column by Tom Keegan
Column: Lifetime of golf just a drive away
June 9, 2014
Jeff Burey used to sit atop the golf world in his role as a teaching professional and club manager at world-famous places like Pinehurst in North Carolina and Prairie Dunes in Hutchinson. For 27 years in between those stops, he was general manager at Wolf Creek in Olathe. Now Burey sits atop a tractor, mowing lawns at Eudora’s Twin Oaks Golf Complex, which includes a nine-hole, pitch-and-putt course, a driving range and colorful instructional golf tools used to welcome children to the game. Column by Tom Keegan
Column: Triple-A hasn’t changed ex-KU player Robby Price
June 6, 2014
The third of the baseball Price sons is watched in a very modern way, but it’s Robby Price’s old-school qualities as a ballplayer that keep him moving steadily up the Tampa Bay Rays farm system. Column by Tom Keegan
Column: Baldwin track ‘crazy’ good
June 4, 2014
Ted Zuzzio, retiring from his teaching duties, will remain as track-and-field coach at Baldwin High for at least a 39th year. A fourth girls Class 4A state title in the past five years, accomplished Saturday in Wichita, will do that to a coach. Column by Tom Keegan
Column: Ex-KU golfer Thompson preps for next shot
June 1, 2014
The way most of us look at it, the fine line between birdie and bogey, a foot here, a bounce there, is a matter of luck. That’s not how those who make a living playing golf explain it. Column by Tom Keegan
Column: Newest recruit shows courage
May 30, 2014
Even for someone 16, an age at which fear tends to take a back seat to the need to experience the new and thrilling, Kansas University basketball recruit Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk showed courage on many levels in deciding to become one of the youngest college basketball players in history. By Tom Keegan
Column: Intrigue abounds with new Ukrainian recruit
May 27, 2014
Basketball fans of Kansas University’s perennial powerhouse program can’t wait to see Ukrainian prodigy Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk take the court in Allen Fieldhouse for Late Night. By Tom Keegan
Column: Eudora driver Chase Austin unfazed by crash
May 25, 2014
Seldom has a man ever sounded so grateful to be nursing a fractured left wrist, three broken hand bones, a fractured right elbow, an injured knee ligament and a concussion, as Eudora’s Chase Austin sounded Saturday afternoon on the ride back from Indianapolis. By Tom Keegan
Column: Free State boys team up for relay rewards
May 24, 2014
Linebackers don’t become distance runners. They throw quarterbacks in the fall and weights in the spring. And then there is Stan Skwarlo, standout Free State High senior running back and linebacker in autumn, distance runner in the spring. Column by Tom Keegan
Column: FSHS girls track young, loaded
May 22, 2014
Today represents the last chance to see the defending state champion Free State High girls track and field team compete without driving to Wichita for the state meet. By Tom Keegan
Column: Kansas hoops could be killer by ’15
May 22, 2014
Staying power, the hidden beauty of Bill Self’s latest blockbuster recruiting class, separates it from most elite ones. By Tom Keegan
Column: KU baseball’s ‘Proto’ atypical but effective at shortstop
May 21, 2014
Teammates call Kansas University junior shortstop Justin Protacio by his nickname: Proto. It does not stand for Div. I prototype. At 5-foot-5, nothing about him screams prototype. Everything screamed at him by student hecklers from opposing teams references his height. Column by Tom Keegan
Column: Special coach, player lead Perry-Lecompton baseball
May 20, 2014
Zach Linquist, who graduated from Perry-Lecompton High over the weekend, wants to add state champion baseball player to his long list of amazing feats. He remembers the day when nobody at the school would have had the guts to state such a goal publicly. Column by Tom Keegan

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