Buffalo Island Relay for Life sponsors golf tournament
The rain stopped on Tuesday and the first annual Buffalo Island Relay for Life Golf Tournament was held on schedule at the Big Lake Country Club in Manila. All proceeds from the tournament go to the American Cancer Society.
Buffalo Island Relay for Life held one or two golf tournaments during the early years of its organization but there has not been one in at least 10 years. BI Relay Chairman Brenda Matheny worked to get the fundraising golf tournament back as one of the events. She expressed her appreciation to Mari Hayden and Blake Carr for helping to organize and make the day a success, the 10 teams that participated, and the sponsors who donated to the tournament.
The relay committee chose an honorary cancer survivor to be recognized and the first one was John Edwards of Leachville. Mr. Edwards was presented a plaque. He expressed his appreciation to organizations like Buffalo Island Relay for Life for the work they do raising funds for research. He thanked his family, friends and neighbors for their support during his battle and treatment with cancer.
"We have many in our own community who are battling cancer right now and we need to keep them in our prayers and our thoughts," Edwards said.
He reminded everyone the importance of early detection, good doctors, support and prayer for those battling cancer.
He was wearing a pink shirt for the tournament in honor of a friend who has cancer.
Mr. Edwards golfed in the tournament with son Todd and friend Chet Crook joining him as teammate.
Jackie Wallis, Relay for Life community representative, was at the fund-raising event welcoming everyone and expressing his appreciation for their support to the American Cancer Society.
Winners in the Second Flight included Mari Hayden, Mike Bridges and Dick Pace, third place; Bob White, Brock Birmingham and Joel Burrow, second place; Tommy Eldried, Jerry Pentecost and Roy Brymer, first place.
Winners in the First Flight included Frankie Towell, Larry Don Towell and Larry Towell, third place; John Edwards, Todd Edwards and Chet Crook, second place; Harold Vines, Kenny Guthrey and J.D. Bridges, first place.
The Championship flight included Johnny Houchin, Lyle Nelms and Mike Clark, third place; Southworth team, Chris Stuck, Robert Smith and Jim Pry, second place; and Wayne Shedd, Michael Shedd and Nathan Whitlow, first place.
Winners of the hole prizes were Roy Brymer, longest putt, and Chet Crook, longest drive and closest to pin on 6.
The event raised over $2,500. Tee box sponsors included Southworth, Masters Farms, Adams Land Co., John and Lynda Edwards, Edwards Farms, B&B Restaurant, WalMart of Blytheville, Advance Physical Therapy, Jones Irrigation, Chambers Electric, Rachel and Scott Gifford, Joe and Kay Hultquist, Ronnie and Sandra Kennett, Brown's Auto and Town Crier.