The 10th annual Wayne Taylor Memorial Golf Tournament was held June 10 at the Big Lake Country Club in Manila. Fourteen teams participated in the 3-person scramble, which included lunch and souvenir tee shirts.
CenturyTel, Big Butts BBQ of Leachville, First National Bank, Heritage Bank, Liberty Bank, SouthBank, Chapter AC PEO, and the FMC Corporation sponsored the tournament. In addition, the Chapter AC PEO of Leachville provided a wonderful lunch for participants and served as hostesses for the day.
"We had a wonderful day! The weather was beautiful, the course looked great, we had 14 teams, and the PEO provided a fabulous lunch," said Rachel Gifford, ANC Dean for Development, adding that the employees of the Big Lake Country Club were so helpful and nice.
This tournament is held annually to raise scholarship funds for Arkansas Northeastern College students who are residents of the Buffalo Island and the Bootheel of Missouri. The tournament garnered its name following the death of former ANC Foundation Chairman W. Wayne Taylor, who helped create the tournament 10 years ago.
"We are so fortunate to have the support of so many businesses and individuals in this area. We had many tee-box sponsors and expect to raise even more money than we did last year," said Gifford, who hopes to raise close to $6,000 for scholarships.
"This event has funded approximately $40,000 in student scholarships since its inception and has benefitted many deserving students. I know Mr. Taylor would be proud to see what this tournament has grown into and how it has positively touched the lives of so many in this area. It was great to see members of Mr. Taylor's family who came out to spend the day with us. Janet, his wife, spent the full day with the PEO ladies preparing lunch, welcoming guests and whatever else she could do, along with his sons Mike and Jon who also participated in the tournament," said Gifford.
ANC wishes to thank the many major sponsors, tee-box sponsors, participants and country club staff who continue to make the tournament such a successful event. Anyone interested in donating toward the Wayne Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund can contact Gifford at 870-838-2902.
Winner were: Championship Flight - 1st place -- Chris Stuck, Jim Pry and Howard Alexander; 2nd place -- Bill Ross, Jim Speight and William Izmerian; 3rd place -- Bob White, Bob Goodman and Randy Hutchison.
1st Flight -- 1st place -- Mike Bridges, Brian Davis and Tommy Eldried; 2nd place -- Kenny Jackson, James Keith and Tony Lucius; 3rd place -- Brian Poynor, Brian Roddy and Barry Kirby.
2nd Flight -- 1st place - Jay Ziolko, Rick Harrison and Bubba Harrison; 2nd place -- Kevin Weldon, Scott Bradshaw and Jim Gifford; 3rd place -- Mary Jon Ashley, Nick Goodrich and Gary Higgins.