Benefit golf tourney raises $2,410

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

The second annual Big Lake Country Club golf tournament, to benefit The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, was held Saturday in Manila and grossed $2,410.

Seventeen three-member teams took part in the tournament, which is one of the largest Buffalo Island fundraisers held to benefit Relay for Life.

Relay for Life committee members Sheila Spurlock, Brenda Methany, and Janice Edgin hosted the event . Lynda Edwards, Hazel Welch, Willene Townsend and Edna Hall provided lunch for the players following the activities. Terry Carr helped the committee members organize the tournament and assisted in tallying the scores. Area businesses and individuals sponsored teams taking part in the event and also provided prizes and gifts.

"We are so pleased with the turnout this year, and are very thankful for those who gave their time and money to make this tournament a success," Spurlock said. "Relay for Life raises the awareness about the progress being made to fight cancer. This also gives us a chance to remember those who live with cancer and to pay tribute to those who lost their lives due to it."

Winning teams in the Championship Flight category included: first place, Terry Brewer, Dana Donner and Tony Peterson; second place, Mike Bridges, Bob White and Herb Loveless; and third place, John Mays, Kenny Jackson and Rolland White.

A Flight winners included: first place, Terry Carr, Tony Crowell and Greg Russell; second place, Darrell Birmingham, Scotty Reinhart, and Tracy Reinhart; and third place, Ronnie Kennett, Barry Kirby and Ken Eaton.

Winners in the B Flight category included: first place, James Keith, Tommy Stockton, and Lee Spurlock; second place, Curt Timms, Gary Timms and Gerald Laden; and third place: Mari Hayden, Dick Pace and Tim Bassing.

Plaques were awarded to the nine winning teams. Seven drivers were donated for special drawings. Five were provided by John Jones, of Golf Stuff, in Monette, and two were donated by Ken Eaton, of Leachville. Golf balls, shoe bags and divots were also donated as prizes. Each player was given a special relay shirt, sponsored by Con-Agri. The Southern Bank of Commerce, of Paragould, donated hats, cups and calculators as participant gifts.

After the expenses of the event were cleared, $2,200 was donated to the American Cancer Society.

Even young Drake Brown, of Leachville, pitched in to help the cause by setting up a lemonade stand under a shade tree near the ninth hole and sold drinks totaling $17.50 to the thirsty golfers.

Thunder Country radio had a special broadcast of the event, from 6:30-10:00.

Committee members gave a special thanks to the Big Lake Country Club, Donnie Moore, Ronald Jones and Ronnie Horner for their help in making the golf tournament a success.

There are several upcoming events planned in the Buffalo Island area to benefit Relay for Life. Monette will host a wrestling fundraiser on Saturday, July 19, at Buffalo Island Central High School, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Serinas will be at the Leachville theater on July 25. Mt. Pleasant will sponsor a gospel singing on July 26. Manila will host a wrestling event on Aug. 2. Trial and Error will perform at the Leachville theater on Aug. 9. A Tacky Beauty Pageant will be held at the Leachville theater on Aug. 22.

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