Apr 4, 2006

Frank Landrey tells his True Tales

by Matthew Hegarty
For former Liberty University Golf Coach Frank Landrey, the writing of his recent book, “True Tales of College Golf,” was a mission from God.

“The theme of (True Tales) is ‘Divine Intervention’,” Landrey stressed. “I wanted for my players and for all those that we met to draw closer to the Lord, even through competition.”

He also has a philanthropic mission behind his book. For every copy of True Tales that is sold, Landrey will donate $1 to the Liberty University golf team – the money will specifically be used for a proposed on-campus driving range.

To help Liberty in its quest for that facility, Landrey is attempting to market True Tales to at least 100,000 people.

That way, he says, the golf team will receive $100,000 towards their driving range, and his message will be more visible to the general public.

As part of the first fruits of that goal, Landrey presented current Head Coach Jeff Thomas with a check for $1,000 at a Flames Club luncheon on Tuesday, March 28. Landrey is also donating 50 cents from the sale of each book to Fellowship of Christian Athletes and 50 cents to College Golf Fellowship, two golfing organizations, which, by his admission, have meant a lot to him as a coach and a player.

In making some remarks to the Flames Club, Landrey gave glory to God for the success of the golf program and praised Thomas for his contributions to the team.

Thomas was of the same opinion as Landrey in his address to the Flames Club members.

“It’s amazing to see how much God’s hand has been on this team,” Thomas said.

Thomas gave a report on the team’s accomplishments in the current season, just prior to Landrey’s statements.

Thus far, those accomplishments have consisted of top-six finishes in each of the competitions the Fairway Flames have entered, including a first place finish at the William & Mary Invitational and a narrow second-place finish to Campbell University in a playoff at the Hargrove Davis Spring Classic. Both tournaments were held earlier this month.

In another segment of his address at the luncheon, Landrey presented Liberty’s “Number One Fan,” Gary Householder, with a copy of True Tales and a hat with the words “True Tales” and “AWAGA” across the front. Landrey challenged Householder to wear the hat at basketball games and to live by its message – Householder responded in the affirmative, to the audience’s delight.

The cryptic slogan on the hat carries implications far beyond mere advertising for a book.

“AWAGA stands for ‘Always With A Godly Attitude’,” Landrey said. The full slogan, SITTAWAGA – SITT meaning “Sock It To Them” – references one of the rallying cries that Landrey’s 2002-03 squad had throughout its season. That team had a dream season – playing well enough to make it to the NCAA East Regional in Auburn, Ala. – and the book chronicles the team’s journey to an NCAA berth. However, it also details Landrey’s intensely personal account of his physical and spiritual journey throughout the process.

“I wrote (True Tales) to be a multipurpose, self-help empowerment book … Anything that worked in my life or in my guys that was worth sharing, is in this book,” Landrey said.

To further bring publicity to his book, Landrey will be quite visible at this weekend’s College for a Weekend experience. He plans to be at the CFAW registration table from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, and he will then be in the bookstore April 7-9. For the first 50 books that are sold, Landrey said, he is giving away a free “AWAGA” hat, a giveaway that will occur both at the registration table and in the bookstore.

He quipped that his book would make readers laugh, or he would give them their money back – you just have to catch him on campus.

 Contact Matthew Hegarty at mjhegarty@liberty.edu.

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