More on Cink’s win

I hope you got to watch the Open Championship yesterday, otherwise known as the British Open to us in Los Estados Unidos.

In talking with Cink’s parents, friends, former coaches, it was interesting how they all said they were surprised that he hadn’t yet won a major. But how they knew that he was going to win Sunday because he looked different than he has during the other tournaments:

“He had a look about him today that I don’t think we’ve seen in a while. Very confident in the way he walked and presented himself. Everybody knew he was  agreat player but to perform like that under pressure and win a major is just awesome.”

— Chad Parker, head pro at East Lake Golf Club, who grew up with Cink in Florence, Ala.

“I saw how charged up he was and I thought he’d make it [ the first birdie putt on 18]. I was surprised on the two putts he missed, one on 14 and one on 17.”

— Chris Burns, who taught Cink the game in Florence, S.C.

The birdie putt on 18 was outstanding, but it was just one of several shots during the tourney. The approach, heck both approaches on 18, the one during the 72 and the one during the playoff, were unbelievable.

The other common thread was how everyone discussed just what a nice guy Cink is, which makes the win even more satisfying.

“Proud of Stewart. Proud of Stewart for a long, long time. He’s a celebrity in Florence, Ala. He’s picked up a lot of fans, because he’s such a gentlemen.”

— Burns

“He’s just one of the best guys there is playing golf. We’ve had several conversations about where nice guys finish. It’s nice to see a nice guy finish first.”

— Tech golf coach Bruce Heppler


Now that Cink has broken through, which former Tech athletes do you predict big things for in the future? Bryce Molder, for example. He didn’t have the best Sunday, but he was in position to be one of the late groups.

What about baseball? Will Teixeira get his World Series win this year?

Who would you like to see break through?




17 comments Add your comment

Corey Black

July 19th, 2009
11:22 pm

I would like to see Mario West play a bigger part in the NBA. It is great to see a guy who comes from walking on at Tech to playing in the NBA. He is another one of those “nice guys” that would be a lot of fun to watch succeed.

Matt Kuchar

July 19th, 2009
11:29 pm

Just seems to be an even tempered and happy young man with a lot of golf talent. Hope he can break through soon.


July 20th, 2009
2:48 am

Doug you may wany to check, but I think Stewart grew up in Florence, AL.


July 20th, 2009
7:52 am

I would like to see Josh Nesbitt have break-out year at Quarterback in 2009.


July 20th, 2009
8:12 am

I would like for the flippin Lions to win a few games this year. Calvin deserves better than being on a winless team.

Doug Roberson

July 20th, 2009
8:31 am

S.C. is now Ala. Sorry about that.

Saint Simons

July 20th, 2009
9:16 am

45-42!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahahahahahahahahahahaha


July 20th, 2009
9:19 am

Dwyer wins the Heisman, has over 2000 yards rushing.

Saint Simons

July 20th, 2009
9:23 am

Why doesn’t uga have any pro golfers? i bet their golfers turn to caddies!

Minnesota Jacket

July 20th, 2009
10:01 am

I would like to see Daryl or Vance really do well and have a chance to start for their teams. Also wouldn’t mind seeing Dwyer have an injury free heisman type year (which will happen if Tech goes to a BCS bowl and wins)


July 20th, 2009
10:18 am

good one St. Simons

Jacket Steve

July 20th, 2009
2:37 pm

I’ve been hoping for Cink to break through for a long time. He was so close in 2001 at the US Open. It would be great to see David Duval get back to form and win the PGA so two Ga Tech grads would have majors this year.

Calvin Johnson is a good one for football. Matt Weiters is someone who I’d love to see do some great things behind the plate for the Baltimore Orioles in baseball. It would be great to see Teixeira play well, but I just can’t pull for the Yankees to win a World Series.

It’s a great time to be a Yellow Jacket and see our grads representing us so well. Let’s not forget that Ken Whisenhunt coached the Arizona Cardinals to the Super Bowl…the Arizona Cardinals? Only a Tech boy could have done that.

George P. Burdell

July 21st, 2009
10:00 am

Who would you like to see break through?
Actually, I’d like to see David Duval completely back.
David has stayed a part of Tech; he funds a golf program for regular students at Tech.
He may not be the best “people” person in the world, but his loyalty is unquestionable.

Saint Simons = Sad Sad Dawg Fan

July 21st, 2009
10:33 am

You’re seriously on here and the Dawg blog every day trying this hard to make tech look bad? Quit with the 45-42.. I mean come on man. The game was LAST NOVEMBER. Isn’t it time to move on yet? Doesn’t it hurt a little less every day? Everyone on here should realize Saint Simon’s is a lonely Dawg fan who’s too scared to show who he roots for on a blog. What a total douchebag.

Not Disappointed

July 21st, 2009
10:51 am

I will have a Break through season if I stop my wife’s kitchen make over upgrades and her Flaming Decorater!!!!! Oy! Any suggesting Doug?

I think Dywer & Nesbitt will be much improved!!!

Go Jackets!


July 21st, 2009
1:43 pm

Calvin Johnson absolutely deserves to be with a playoff contender!


July 21st, 2009
5:26 pm

Cink is the best and the worst of Tech Men and Fans. BEST: dosen’t talk much, just loves his sport, and enjoys playing or watching it. WORST: dosen’t talk much, just loves the sport, and just watches it instead of going to the game.