Two hit one

Benefit golf tournament nets hole-in-one for Barker, Stephens

Think Mustangs and a new driver.

The Mustang got a new driver, and a new driver was also a prize recently at a benefit golf tournament in Greenback.

Two golfers hit a hole-in-one at The Golf Club in Loudon County. One carried a grand prize of a new car from Ray Viles Ford and the other, a new driver.

Organizers and participants playing in tournament on Oct. 13 were doing so to benefit a mission’s trip to Haiti by members of First Church of the Nazarene of Maryville. Hitting the shots were Maxi Barker, who won the car, and Josh Stephens, who won the driver.

“It’s very unusual in golf that you have a hole-in-one during a tournament, but in this tournament, we had two holes-in-one,” said Don Moore, former athletic director at William Blount High School and one of the tournament organizers.

Stephens, a teacher at Alcoa Middle School, won a new driver when he hit the shot on No. 12, a par 3 hole, from 120 yards out. Barker won a new Mustang when he sank the ball from 190 yards out on No. 2, a par three-par hole.

“We heard the shot from No. 2,” said Glen Spangler, who helped organize the tournament. “They were within minutes of each other.”

Moore said the mission trip on Feb. 8-16 will put the funds raised during the tournament to good use as they pay for materials to build a church in Haiti.

“It will be the toughest thing these people have ever done,” Moore said. When the workers from the church arrive at the site in Haiti, volunteers with the church there will already have the floor and block walls constructed. The group from the Maryville church will do the rest.

Moore said when he knew he needed funds for the mission program, he went to his friend Spangler for help. “I said, ‘Glen, have you ever organized a golf tournament?’ He thought 20 seconds, and then said, ‘We’ll do it,’” Moore said. “We have over $16,000 and over $6,000 of that came from the golf tournament. Without it, we could not build the church.”

For more information about the mission trip planned by members of First church of the Nazarene of Maryville, 1610 E. Broadway Avenue, Maryville, call Rev. Ray Covey at 865-982-7391.

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