One man’s absence has opened the door for another to play, and honor the memory of the coach who helped him get there.
Shortly after the playing field was announced for the Myrtle Beach Regional of the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship, one individual competitor withdrew – paving the way for Western Kentucky’s Stuart Easton to occupy that slot. In gaining the opportunity, Easton and WKU teammate Billy Tom Sargent (who’s competing in the Athens Regional) continue their quest to “Play for Coach” – former WKU Men’s Golf Head Coach Phillip Hatchett, who was tragically killed in June 2018 after being struck by a vehicle while biking with others.
As Easton competes next week at TPC Myrtle Beach, you’ll see the “P4C” emblem on his team bag that’s been in place all season in tribute to WKU’s fallen leader. Hatchett was a father figure of sorts for many of his players, especially Easton – a native of Scotland who leaned on his head coach for ongoing support as he competed such a long distance from home.
Easton and Sargent recently discussed Hatchett’s legacy, and how it’s motivating them to carry it forth as they now compete for an NCAA Championship: