One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for April 13, 2015.
My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.
Yesterday I watched the Masters Golf Tournament which was won by Jordan Speith. This invitational only golf tournament was first played in 1934 and is considered one of the four grand slam event in professional golf. Jordan Speith made history at Augusta National on Sunday, becoming just the fifth player to complete a wire-to-wire victory to claim the green jacket. The victory is a huge career accomplishment for the 21-year-old as he now joins the ranks of major championship winners. Speith was rewarded with the green jacket for his effort, but will also take home the largest payout in Masters history as he won $1.8 million of the $10 million purse.
As Jordan walked off the 18th green he was hugged by his dad, mom, brother Steven who plays basketball at Brown University, and his grandfather. Speith’s parents both played college sports his dad Shawn played baseball at Lehigh University and his mom played college basketball at Moravian College (PA). Picture below indicates that they may have been vacationing at Topsail Island, NC.
Steven Speith playing basketball at Brown University (Providence RI) made me think of my niece Patsy Kenney Culp’s husband Matt Culp. Patsy and Matt depicted below.
Matt has been a member of the Brown University athletic training staff since 2004 and became the Associate Head Athletic Trainer in 2012. Part of his duties as Associate Athletic Trainer include working with the Brown football team and men’s basketball teams.
Matt is from Pennsylvania and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Indiana University in 2001 and then received his Master of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2003. Before coming to Brown, Culp interned for one year with the New York Football Giants under another friend of mine Ronnie Barnes.
Matt is a fantastic tri-athlete, and resides in Providence, Rhode Island with his wife, Patsy. He competed in his first triathlon in 2005 at the Massachusetts Triathlon (.5 mile swim-11.8 mile bike-4.4 mile run) and won a special award for best first time finish in his age group with a time of 1 hour 19 minutes 13 seconds.
In 2014 he was one of thousands in the 30th Annual Trek Across Maine Bicycle Ride. This three-day ride covers 180 miles as you go from the mountains of Maine to the cost. Matt participated to raise money for the American Lung Association. The itinerary for that bicycle ride across Maine is found below:
- Day 1: Sunday River to University of Maine at Farmington (approx. 67 mi) –
- Day 2: University of Maine at Farmington to Colby College (approx. 57 mi) –
- Day 3: Colby College to Belfast (approx. 56 mi) –
Matt on his bike.
Matt and my niece Patsy got married in 2012 in Maine and had a great reception on a fabulous golf course called Belgrade Lakes Golf Club. It may not be Augusta National but Belgrade Lakes offers some spectacular views. I still get goose bumps thinking about how beautiful that place is. Hope to get play a round of golf there one day.
Photo below is from the putting green at Belgrade Lakes Golf Club looking out over Great Pond.
Matt Culp is real professional when it comes to Athletic Training and he is taking care of Jordan Speith’s baby brother Steven Speith who plays on the NCAA Division I basketball team for Brown University. Matt is the team’s Athletic Trainer.
The Friend-MATT CULP-with my niece and his wife Patsy Kenney Culp
The Friend of the Friend- STEVEN SPEITH
Steven Speith is a 6’6” guard wearing #3 for the Brown Bears Basketball Team in the Ivy League. At Brown Steven is pursuing a Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations concentration.
He started 30 of 31 games. Steven also averaged 4.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and a 1.0 steals per contest, while averaging 32 minutes, tied for tops on the team. In an 89-68 loss to Illinois this past season, Spieth scored a career high 21 points.
He played high school basketball in Dallas Texas for Jesuit Prep the same school where older brother Jordan attended school. In his freshman year at Brown he was voted Ivy League “Rookie of the Week” three times. As a freshman he had a double-double with 12 rebounds and 19 points against Penn. He also scored 20 points in his freshman year against Dartmouth. He was the second best free throw shooter in the Ivy League in 2013/14 with a .860 percentage. He slipped a little bit his sophomore year but still was at .810 percent.
It is going to be fun to follow Steven Speith career the next two years as a basketball player along with his brother Jordan golf career.