Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Clay Seminole Club Continues Tradition of Support

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Clay Seminole Club Continues Tradition of Support

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Byline: Brent Beaird, Clay County Line sports writer

Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden was the special guest of the Seminole Club of Clay County Monday at a golf tournament held at the Country Club of Orange Park and a banquet later that night at the Cypress Ballroom. This was the seventh consecutive year that Bowden has visited the club.

Russ Vorhis, the club's president-elect and golf tournament chairman, was pleased with the number of golfers participating.

"We increased our golfers from around 80 last year to 112 this year," Vorhis said. "We were real pleased with the turnout despite the weather."

The club presented Bowden a check for $10,000 that goes to Seminole Boosters Inc. Vorhis said the club reached a milestone with the gift.

"This club will hit the $300,000 level with what we have given to FSU, and the club is a little over 10 years old," he said.

Later that night more than 200 boosters heard remarks from Bowden and school president T.K. Wetherell, who emphasized the school winning Atlantic Coast Conference championships this season in football, baseball, softball, and indoor and outdoor track.

Wetherell said he was proud that 297 of 450 student athletes made at least a 3.0 grade point average or higher.

"We have about 14 teams in our athletic department and nine of them had a GPA of 3.0 or higher," he said.

As Bowden opened his remarks, he poked fun at himself and his wife, Ann, who was not present.

"A few months ago, we celebrated 54 years of marriage and it has been 50 happy years," Bowden said with a chuckle.

With the 2003 season only a few months away, Bowden was confident the team would improve on its 9-5 record from last season. Part of the reason for his optimism is having 10 of 11 starters return on defense.

"You don't win without defense," Bowden said. "The Tampa Bay Bucs won the Super Bowl because they played great defense. Ohio State was able to upset Miami because they played great defense."

Bowden said his team has struggled because of the parity that has hit college football in recent decades. …

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