Friends of Henry Horton hosts golf tournament for park

Wednesday, October 14, 2009
First Place 1st Flight shooting a 57 were from left, Lee Cotran, John Budna, Tony Miller, Herb Bivens, and Friends of Horton President Teresa Dugger.

The Friends of Henry Horton State Park, established as a non-profit organization in 2006 hosted 59 golfers for their first golf tournament Thursday at the Buford Ellington Golf Course inside the park.

All proceeds from the scramble format tournament go directly to the organization that provides support to the park through volunteers and fund raising efforts.

The team of Lee Cotran, John Budna, Tony Miller, and Herb Bivens took top honors in the First Flight, firing a 15-under par round of 57.

Second place in the first flight were Ryan Sweeney, Jerry King, Buddy Wiles, and Jerry Bird who also shot 57, but lost out in a match of cards tiebreaker.

First place in the Second Flight was the team of Bernie and Ryan Sharkley, Phil Rogers, and Mitch Massey who came home on the Par 72 layout with a 63.

Second place in the 2nd Flight was the foursome of Jim Fyke, Jim Webb, Andy Lyons, and Larry Lance.

According to, the Friends of Henry Horton's Mission Statement reads, "To provide support for Henry Horton State Park and assist with park programs, activities and the coordination of volunteers. To protect our natural and cultural resources to provide environmental education and recreational activities."

Annual memberships in the organization include an individual $20 membership, a $35 family membership, and other memberships ranging from $500 to $1,000.

Friends of Henry Horton State Park president Teresa Dugger said after the tournament, "This is our inaugural golf tournament and we hope to have another tournament next year. We decided it was a facility that was available for us and a resource we can use to raise money. One hundred percent of the money raised here today will be used here at the park."

Dugger added, "Our purpose is to educate and promote the things here at Henry Horton. We have worked in the past with them in reclamation projects and we have purchased handicap swings for the play area."

The newest project sponsored by the FOHH organization according to Dugger is a partnership with the Tennessee Environmental Council and the CHES fifth grade classes to sponsor a Duck River aquatic education program that starts the end of Oct.

Dugger also noted that the Henry Horton grounds crew did a fantastic job of preparing the course after heavy rains the night before.