County golfers help the Elks with tournament

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
From left, the team of Steven Pennington, Bryan Scott, Matt Salazar, and Chris Harrelson went super low at twenty-two under par to win the Championship Flight in the annual Lewisburg Elks Lodge #1990 Golf Tournament at the Ewell Butler Golf Course on Sunday. Tribune photo by Anthony S. Puca

As the local golf season begins to wind down, a couple of hundred local golfers teed it up to benefit the Lewisburg Elks Lodge #1990 on the Ewell Butler Golf Course at the Lewisburg Recreation Center on Sunday in one of the most anticipated golf tournaments of the year.

There was over seventy-two players entered in each of the dual shotgun starts with the first wave smacking their first tee shots at 8:00 a.m., followed by another wave of duffers that went off for the 1:00 p.m. four man scramble.

The weather was beautiful, almost fall like at times as the players traversed the perfectly manicured nine-hole tract that, along with some great golf, contributed to super low scoring, evident by the twenty-two under par Championship Flight winning score of 50 turned in by the team of Bryan Scott, Steven Pennington, Matt Salazar, and Chris Harrelson.

Coming home in second place in the Championship Flight was the favored foursome of Guy Chambers, Andy Holt, Jerry Adams, and Grady Cole.

First place in the 1st Flight went to the team of Buck Beard, Robby Giles, Roger "Big Daddy" Barnes, and Terry Braden.

Second Flight, first place honors were garnered by the four-man squad of Stan Wentzel, Russ Petty, Virgil Roddy, and Nelson Burns.

Closest to the pin on the 170 yard, Par 3 fourth hole went to Bobby Davis in the morning session and Steven Pennington in the afternoon portion.

Jerry Adams hit it the closet to the hole on the Par 3, 168-yard seventh hole in the dew and early morning sunshine, and in the much windier afternoon session, Keith Cochran stuck it in close to earn top honors on the hole.

Money taken in from the local event helps the Elks contribute back to the community by sponsoring college scholarships to graduating seniors, fund the yearly Elks Hoop Shoot Free Throw Program, the Elks Drug Awareness Program, and other youth-oriented activities sponsored by the Elks, including the Antlers program, the yearly Americanism essay contest and more.