Pack one of five in Hall of Fame Class of 2008

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - Tom Pack became the most successful golfer in Tennessee Tech history during his four-year career from 1985-90, establishing standards for success on the links that stood for 17 years.

Pack is one of five people who will be enshrined into the Tennessee Tech Sports Hall of Fame Friday night as the school honors its athletic legacy with the 34th annual induction ceremony.

The 2008 Hall of Fame Class will be honored during Homecoming this weekend. The induction will take place at the Hall of Fame Dinner Friday evening, and the group will also be recognized at the Homecoming football game Saturday against Jacksonville State.

In addition to Pack, the Class of 2008 includes Chris Hedman, Mark Maberry, John "Shakey" McClellan and Rachel Melchiorre. With their induction, the Hall of Fame will grow to 148 since it was established in 1975.

When he won the OVC individual title in 1990, he became the first Tech champion in 39 years. He not only helped the Golden Eagles claim the league's golf title, it propelled Tennessee Tech to the 1990 Ohio Valley Conference Men's All-Sports Trophy, the only time TTU has claimed that title.

A native of Maryville, Tenn., Pack earned all-tournament honors 14 times during his career, including the culmination when he led coach Bobby Nichols' team to the 1990 Ohio Valley Conference championship. Pack was medalist of the OVC tournament and was named the OVC Player of the Year.

He was only the second Tech player to receive that honor (along with Ivan Smith in 1977). He still stands as one of just three Tech golfers to be named OVC Player of the Year, with Scott Stallings joining the list in 2006 and 2007.

In addition to the OVC tournament, Pack also earned medalist honors at the 1990 Springbrook Classic.

His 14 all-tournament honors were the most by any TTU golfer before Stallings, and were spread out over his four seasons, including three as a freshman, four as a sophomore, three as a junior and four as a senior. Among the tourneys where he distinguished himself, in addition to the OVC and Springbrook events, were the Smoky Mountain Invitational, the Tennessee Intercollegiate, the Shorter Classic, the Purdue Invitational, the UT Martin/Pickwick Tri-State and the Morehead Eagle Classic.

In 1990, he fired a career-best round of 66 at the Springbrook Classic, which ranks as the fourth-lowest in school history. His two-round total of 138 at Springbrook stands as the second-lowest 36-hole total by a Golden Eagle golfer. He also established a school mark for the lowest 54-hole score at an OVC tournament, firing a 208 at the 1990 event.

Tickets to the Hall of Fame Dinner and the game are available by calling (931) 372-3940, or through the Athletics ticket office in Eblen Center. Reservations must be made for the dinner, and tickets are $25 each.