Lions Club golf outing helps kids

Friday, August 31, 2012
Lee Cothran holds the ball that went to the bottom of the cup for his first career ace on the 178-yard Par 3 eighth hole at Henry Horton. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Chapel Hill Lions Club hosted their 17th Annual Golf Tournament at Buford Ellington Golf Course inside Henry Horton State Park on Saturday with a huge turnout that collected over $3,600 in donations that went directly to the Tennessee Lions Eye Center at Vanderbilt University's Monroe Carrell, Jr. Children's Hospital.

The Tennessee Lions Clubs operate an Outreach Program that provides free vision screening to identify young children with visual problems during the first four years of life.

The goal of the Tennessee Lions Eye Center is to prevent childhood blindness through early detection and treatment of the most common vision disorders that can lead to blindness.

From left, Tanner Copeland, Phillip "Chick" Copeland, Benji "Yogi" Gillum and Scott Delk formed the Chapel Hill Farm Center team and T.J. Tipps, Andy Blackwell, Tim Tipps and Fuzzy "The Sandbagger" Hughes were the Big "G" Express foursome that won the Championship Flight playoff over the over-rated Farm Center squad.

The Tennessee Lions established a partnership with Vanderbilt University Medical Center to create a free-standing pediatric eye care center.

Undetected and untreated problems during this critical period can prevent proper development of the brain's binocular function, resulting in amblyopia, or "lazy eye."

Amblyopia is the leading cause of monocular blindness in United States' children and the non-invasive screening method is approximately 80% effective in detecting problems that can cause decreases in vision.

Big "G" Express' Andy Blackwell sinks the winning putt in the two-team playoff on the Par 5, 15th hole.

The highlight of the tournament was a hole-in-one by Lee Cothran on the Par 3, 178 yard eighth hole.

Cothran used a four-iron for his first career ace and it won him a golf trip for two to a Fairmont Resort that was donated by Lyon's Chevrolet in Lewisburg.

The tournament went extra holes to determine the Championship Flight winners as the Chapel Hill Farm Center team of Scott Delk, Tanner Copeland, Phillip "Chick" Copeland and Benji "Yogi" Gillum took on the Big "G" Express team of T.J. Tipps, Tim Tipps, Andy Blackwell and Fuzzy "The Sandbagger" Hughes in a playoff after both squads finished regulation at 10-under par.

Phillip "Chick" Copeland shows off the masterful putting stroke that kept his Farm Center team alive.

After nearly an hour and half of torturous golf, Andy Blackwell sunk the winning birdie putt from seven feet on the Par 5, 15th hole to break the hearts of the Farm Center crew.

Finishing in 1st place in the First Flight was the First Farmers Bank team of Barry White, Matt Patterson, Lucas Burt and Justin Snoblen, who shot a 6-under par 66.

Winners of the Second Flight, shooting a 69 were J.J. King, Hawken King, Amy Sanders and Jamie Davis.

The winners of the 1st Flight from left, Lucas Burt, Matt Patterson and Barry White. Not pictured: Justin Snoblen.

Rex Messick won closest to the pin honors on the 180-yard, Par 3 16th hole and Stacey Cothran won the longest drive with a bomb on the Par 4 seventh hole, while Barry White won the men's long drive on the 18th hole.

Second Flight winners from left, Hawken King, J.J. King, Amy Sanders and Jamie Davis.