The 11th annual Wayne Taylor Memorial Golf Tournament was held Tuesday, June 9, at the Big Lake Country Club in Manila. Eighteen teams participated in this year's tournament, which was a record turn-out for the event. The weather cooperated to provide a great day of golf for a very worthwhile cause.
This tournament is held annually to raise scholarship funds for Arkansas Northeastern College students who reside in the Buffalo Island area and the Bootheel of Missouri.
Nucor Yamato Steel, CenturyTel, Janet, Mike and Jon Taylor, Bigg Butts BBQ, Hays of Blytheville, First National Bank, Heritage Bank, Liberty Bank, SouthBank, and Chapter AC PEO were major sponsors for the tournament. The ladies of Chapter AC PEO of Leachville also provided lunch for participants. In addition to the support of the major sponsors, contributions made by tee-box sponsors ensure the success of the event.
"This is a wonderful tournament for a wonderful cause in memory of a wonderful person," said Rachel Gifford, Dean for Development at Arkansas Northeastern College. The goal for the tournament has been to raise $5,000 for scholarships. This year's tournament raised over $6,000.
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 or learning more about the Wayne Taylor Memorial Golf Tournament can contact Gifford at 870-838-2902.
Flight winners in this year's event were:
Championship Flight - first place, Larry Towell, Jim Goodman and Ronald Jones. Second place, David Flannigan, Kathryn Beale and Alex Beale. Third place, Robin Myers, Hunter Myers and Mary Alice Dement.
First Flight - First place, Jim Shemwell, Dave Fieber and Greg Reece. Second place, Mike Bridges, Tim Scott and Tommy Eldried. Third place, Billy Gathright, Jay Little and Michael McCain.
Second Flight - First place, Tracy Poe, Chris Brizendine and Matt Baker. Second place, Bob White and Bobby Moore. Third place, Bruce Wilson, Bob Goodman and Don Gauf.