Blair Shadday
Blair Shadday
- Former Madisonian and standout Cubs golfer Blair Shadday has landed the head professional position at Forest Hills Country Club in Richmond after several years years as the assistant pro at Purgatory Golf Club in Fishers.

Shadday, a 1998 graduate of Madison and 2002 graduate of the University of Indianapolis where he played varsity golf, was hired by century-old Richmond club in February and began his duties then.

Forest Hills, located on the southeast side of Richmond, dates back to the 1890s and was the host site of the first Indiana State Golf Association Tourney in 1904.

The 162-acre full-service club includes a 6,328-yard 18-hole championship course with bent grass fairways as well as tennis and pool facilities.

Shadday, the grandson of former Madison Sunrise Golf Course pro Bob Rusk, is a two-time Calloway PGA Assistant Championship winner in Indiana and has been a regular on the annual assistant professional tour in Indiana.

"I'll still be playing in some of the same events I've played in the past but I just won't be competing as an assistant," Shadday said, adding that he'll now compete among the head professionals as his new duties at Forest Hills allow. "I'll still play in the State Open but I probably won't have as much time for tournament golf as I've had in the past. I've met a lot of really great club members here and I want to work on creating an active participation with the members."

- Milton (Ky.) Baptist Church will register children ages five through 13 for its upcoming Upward Soccer season.

Registration and evaluations will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 4 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 6.

For more information, call Pastor Deek Dubberly at (502) 663-3204, Mike Massie at (502) 268-3981 or Terry Shelley at (502) 663-1854.

- The Madison Parks Department extended the deadline to sign up for the 2013 baseball and softball seasons for players ages 7-12.

The new deadline is Friday, April 5 and the participation fee remains $50 until that deadline. After April 5 a $20 late fee will be assessed. The deadline for players ages 13-15 remains May 17.

The extension was granted in lieu of the recent two-week spring break for area students and fact that the original March 29 deadline fell on Good Friday - a day that city offices were closed.

Applications have been distributed to area schools. They are also available at the Madison Parks Department, located in the Brown Gym, and online at

For more information about the Rookie, Minor, Major and Upper baseball and softball leagues, call (812) 265-8308 or (812) 493-9840.

- The Southeastern Indiana Bucks AAU boys basketball team recently started its competition season in the New Pal Shootout on March 16.

The Bucks lost to team Lawrence 33-22 in their debut. Sean Means led the Bucks with eight points.

  In game two, IBA Select defeated the Bucks 45-34 in a game tied 28-28 midway through the second half when Select started pressing. Bo Braunecker scored nine points to lead the Bucks.

  The Bucks got their first win 35-19 over the New Pal Heat in game three. Aaron Greiwe led the Bucks with eight points.

  The team currently consists of Garrett Wood, Brandon Borgman and Means, all of North Decatur; Braunecker of Henryville; Dakota Day of South Ripley; Kent Biehle of North Vernon; and Aaron Greiwe of St. Mary's. However, the team is recruiting additional players and a full-time coach is needed.

For more information about playing or coaching, call Jeff Greiwe at (812) 593-3693. 

- The Spring Sprint annual 5K run & walk fundraiser for the Jefferson County Animal Shelter will be held April 6.

Registration forms are available at the shelter. The cost is $20 before March 15 and $25 after that date. T-shirts are only guaranteed for those registering before March 15.

The starting & ending location will be the shelter at 2727 Hannah Drive in Madison. The race will begin at 8 a.m. with registration beginning at 6:30 a.m. Leashed and well-behaved dogs are invited to participate with proof of rabies vaccination.

For more information call the shelter at (812) 273-1788 or e-mail

- Madison's Brown Gymnasium will be the site of a regional archery tournament on Saturday, April 27.

More than 500 shooters representing 18 or more teams from across southeastern Indiana will compete in the shoot involving archers in grades four through 12.

The competition begins at 8 a.m. and awards will be presented to winners in the various age groups as well as the winning teams.