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Golf tournaments benefit local non-profits

Taking home second place in the golf tournament to benefit Blount County Children’s Home were, from left, Darryl Godsey, Kent Johnson, Max Barker and Billy Barker.

Photo by Robin McDaniel

Taking home second place in the golf tournament to benefit Blount County Children’s Home were, from left, Darryl Godsey, Kent Johnson, Max Barker and Billy Barker.

Rick Swafford, Alex Cruze, David Hill and Nathan Hill played in the Central Point Baptist Church golf tournament to benefit the Blount County Children’s Home.

Photo by Robin McDaniel

Rick Swafford, Alex Cruze, David Hill and Nathan Hill played in the Central Point Baptist Church golf tournament to benefit the Blount County Children’s Home.

Golf tournaments remain a popular way to combine love of a sport with fundraising. Two summer tournaments recently showed that they are still good ways to raise funds for non-profits in the community.

The 17th Annual United Way Golf Tournament was held Aug. 2 at Egwani Farm and raised $25,500. The Third Annual Central Point Baptist Church Golf Tournament to benefit the Blount County Children’s Home was held on May 22 at Lambert Acres and raised $1,500.

United Way Golf Tournament co-chairs Mike Zorio and Joe Andrews said the support for the annual tournament was heart-warming.

“We were very pleased with the turnout and the enthusiasm as we start the United Way campaign,” Andrews said. “The support from those who participated is a great indication of a successful upcoming campaign.”

Zorio said organizers were thankful for a sell-out. “We had a full morning round and afternoon round. No one got hurt or had a stroke in the heat. From a fundraising point, it went very well,” he said.

Zorio said the event just about matched what it they grossed in proceeds from 2009. “In this economy, to do what you did last year is good,” he said. “We think we helped get the United Way campaign off to a good start this year. The real winner is United Way and all agencies they support.”

Jessica Wallace, associate of community impact for United Way said the tournament netted $25,500. “It was a great golf tournament. We made as much money as we did last year, which we were real pleased about, and we had a great turnout. We had a good representation from the community and from different businesses,” she said. “I think it sets a good tone going into campaign, just to know our golf tournament was as successful this year as the year before. It gives us hope we’ll have a successful campaign.”

There were 191 registered players and a waiting list of teams. The morning round tournament winners included:

First flight, first place: Tom Hatcher, Kelly Thomas, Gary Bledsoe and Kenny Lewis.

First flight, second place: Mark Ratliff, Tim Fischer, Larry Presley and Jay Codegan.

Second flight, first place: Michael Sanders, Jim McHargue, Jeff Rogers and Cedric Suitt.

Second flight, second place: John Berry, Dick Ray, Jim Rose and Jack Ferrell.

Third flight, first place: Jeff Weida, David Lazar, Ken Shepard and John Frye.

Third flight, second place: Lee Stinnett, Jamie Hipps, Greg Cook and Tony Crisp.

Closest to the Pin morning winners included Todd Mills at No. 4, Tom Hatcher at No. 8, Joseph Miranda at No. 14 and Nat Ford at No. 17.

Longest Drive for the morning round was Marc Potvin.

The afternoon round winners included:

First flight, first place: Jason Chambers, Justin Chambers, Chris Larue and Charley Gourley.

First flight, second place: Joe Anderson, Michael Bradshaw, Mike Spangler and Josh Stevens.

Second flight, first place: Joe Andrews, Bill Fuqua, Tom Moore and Tom Raines.

Second flight, second place: Ken Lucas, Marty Snow, Green Faircloth and Jimmy Walker.

Third flight, first place: David Conner, George Rainwater, Joe Handi and Jim Gardner.

Third flight, second place: Richard Emison, Patrick Perry, Kevin Riggs and Stan Walls.

Closest to the Pin afternoon winners included Rick Jackson at No. 4, Jeff Mitchell at No. 8, Don Myers at No. 14, and Kevin Riggs at No. 17.

Longest Drive for the afternoon round was Steve Gibson.

Also finding a golf tournament a good way to raise needed funds was the Blount County Children’s Home. Their third annual tournament brought in approximately $1,500 for the organization, thanks to the sponsorship of Central Point Baptist Church in Rockford. Attendance tripled from last year, so tournament organizers at Central Point are excited about the momentum for the tournament.

The tournament was held at Lambert Acres on May 22.

Taking home first place honors were the team of Ron Byrd, Florence Byrd, Chuck Richardson and Gene Blevins. Second place players were Darryl Godsey, Kent Johnson, Max Barker and Billy Barker. Winning Longest Drive was Sydney Murrell, with Alex Cruze, Max Barker and Kent Johnson taking home Closest to the Pin honors.

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