Remembering Joe Monte’s place in history

Standing on the Blue Top Ridge putting green with Georgia Southern head coach Larry Mays and assistant coach Carter Collins Sunday afternoon after the first round of Golfweek’s Conference Challenge, I looked over and saw GSU sophomore Joe Monte practicing with some teammates.

I immediately thought back to the 2005 U.S. Junior at Longmeadow Country Club, where Monte shot an opening-round 64 in stroke-play qualifying.

I recalled to Mays and Collins that Monte had broken the course record, held by a big golf name that I couldn’t remember.

“It wasn’t Hogan,” I said. “Uhm....”

They didn’t know either.

“Hey Monte,” Collins yelled over. “Whose course record did you break at the U.S. Junior at Longmeadow?”

Monte looked up, then looked down, and thought about it for a couple seconds.

“Bobby Jones.”

Oh, right.

“Is it bad that it took me a couple seconds to think about that?” Monte asked.

Eh, I couldn’t remember either.

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