Lions Club Golf Tournament benefits many
The Chapel Hill Lions Club's service to the community is far reaching, lasting and helps those most needy with disabilities and the sufferers of painful loss.
On Saturday at the Buford Ellington Golf Course inside Henry Horton State Park, the Lions Club hosted its annual golf tournament with participation almost doubling and as a result, the charitable funds raised are the most in the 21-year history of the event.
"Our committee is thrilled to help our beneficiaries," David Delk, co-coordinator of the tournament said. "Operation KidSight is a long time recipient of golf tournament proceeds and after several years of coming up short of our goal, we decided to partner with A Soldier's Child Foundation (ASC) in an attempt to boost the participation in our tournament while raising awareness and additional proceeds for ASC, an incredibly worthy cause."
According to tournament co-coordinator Jimmy Bass the net proceeds are approaching $19,000, up from $3,700 in 2013.
"We love what we do, we serve," Bass said. "Our beneficiaries are very grateful for the hard work and effort our volunteers put forth each and every year. Even though the tournament has come and gone, we are still looking for support year round to help our worthy causes."
The October weather was perfect on the links as the tournament grew to two starting times with 20 foursomes teeing off at 8 a.m. and 18 additional teams at 1 p.m. in the four-man best ball scramble format.
"The decision to go to two start times proved to be the right decision by our committee as the single start time last year was at capacity, so we were looking at options to increase proceeds without raising the entry fee on our loyal participants," Delk said. "With October 22 being such a 'short day', we needed everything to run smoothly. And with a little luck from the weather and guidance from the Horton staff, we pulled it off."
Operation Kidsight provides quality eye care to all children statewide and the recently added charitable organization A Soldiers Child Foundation was founded in the memory of Lewisburg native SSgt. Marc Golczynski, who was killed in action in Iraq on March 27, 2007.
New York native Daryl Mackin, the ASC's Founder and Executive Director is a high energy navy veteran who goes to all lengths to bring awareness to ASC's cause as the organization has grown in leaps and bounds since its formation in 2008.
"He is one hundred percent dedicated to ensuring all children of our fallen soldiers receive birthday gifts, mentorship opportunities and most importantly the belief that they are loved and cared about," Delk said. "Simply put, the Chapel Hill Lions Club and A Soldier's Child Foundation make a great team."
Watch for the ASC's special presentation on ESPN during Veteran's Day weekend.
Lots of help
Delk also had a great team that helped put on the tournament and they acted in the true spirit of Tennessee volunteerism, coming out in droves to help in every aspect.
"Just like most events put on in Chapel Hill, people came out in force to help," Delk said. "Thanks again to all volunteers, staff and Lions. This event is a success because of you."
Boy Scout Troop 352 posted the American Flag at 7:45 a.m. and Delk-Henson Intermediate School sixth-grader Lee Sweeney absolutely nailed the National Anthem.
"That got us going on the right foot," Delk exclaimed. "Forrest High Leo Club members were everywhere, as were townsfolk that just wanted to help. My Mama was even chasing people down from the registration table."
Delk also had high praise for the staff at Henry Horton and for the wonderful condition of the year-old Bermuda greens that have come around in fabulous fashion.
"The staff at Henry Horton was a huge help, the course is in excellent condition and it's absolutely amazing from having new greens installed just last year," Delk said. "The Pro Shop staff was very accommodating and pretty much turned things over to us. Mrs. Pat Skinner can always be counted on to keep things on schedule with our meals and caterers, she is a tremendous help."
The winning team in the morning championship flight, shooting a stellar 14-under par round was the First Commerce Bank team of Eddie Wiles, Rob Wiles, Dean Delk and Joey Morefield.
In the afternoon, the Holmes by Design team consisting of Andy Holmes, Dan Frantz, Shane Bourne and Brent Long scorched the 6,604-yard tract, carding a 16-under score of 56.
Both starting times had prize winners in first-thru-fourth place in a three-flighted format with winners taking home beautiful Orca coolers.
"We will get together shortly, discuss how things went and see what we can do to steadily improve our tournament," Delk said. "By giving away 50 Orca coolers this year, I don't think we will have a problem getting teams together for next year."
First place-First Commerce Bank (58)
Eddie Wiles, Rob Wiles, Dean Delk, Joey Morefield
Second place-Ed's Supply (59)
Greg Hall, Bret Delahey, John Hall, Johnny Harper
Third place-Shawn Ferguson Group (60)
Shawn Ferguson, Sean Slade, Richard Petruscha, Larry Baker
Fourth place-Irving Materials (61)
Mark Deason, Nathan Fults, Jackie Beavers, Joe Luffman
First place-Lewis Twins (62)
Joseph Lewis, Jacob Lewis, Karl Fisher, Austin Stacey
Second place-Phillip Daughrity Group (62)
Phillip Daughrity, Ryan Daughrity, Stephen Walls, Nathan Conley
Third place-Jeff Nichols Group (63)
Jeff Nichols, Jason Voss, John Sanders, Matt Pace
Fourth place-Chapel Hill Schools (63)
Danny Blalock, Jeremy Jean, Davy McClaran, Phillip Naron
Closest to the pin:
Straightest drive-Jack Freeland
Longest drive (women)-Carol Henderson
Longest drive (men)-Eddie Wiles
Longest drive (senior)-Randy Perryman
First place-Holmes by Design (56)
Andy Holmes, Dan Frantz, Shane Bourne, Brent Long
Second place-MAD Services (57)
TJ Tipps, Joe Liggett, Andy Blackwell, Michael Dodson
Third place-Team Burkett (59)
Andy Burkett, Jake Burkett, Coy Shultz, Taylor Schoenberger
Fourth place-Greg Hill Group (60)
Greg Hill (captain), Todd Cowser, Matt Mulliniks, Keith Cochran
First place-Brentwood Jewelry (64)
Brandon Emmanuel, Salem Emmanuel, Blake Emmanuel, Kyle Burke
Second place-Greenbriar Landscaping (64)
Shane Fogle, Ben Blake, Chris Lynch, Matt Shields
Third place-MAD Services #2 (64)
Tyler Tillman, John Harmon, Jimmy Scott, Chris Spray
Fourth place-Clint's Air (64)
Ricky "Goose" Sweeney, Ryan Sweeney, Jacob Floyd, Arthur Stephens
Straightest drive-Mark Graves
Longest drive-Brent Long