Buffalo Island Relay for Life Golf tournament draws 15 teams

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Brenda Matheny, chairman for Buffalo Island Relay for Life, presents Frankie Towell, honorary survivor, with a plaque.

It was a perfect day for golf as 15 teams signed in for the second annual Buffalo Island Relay for Life Golf Tournament on Tuesday, Aug. 5. All proceeds from the tournament go to the American Cancer Society.

BI Relay Chairman Brenda Matheny expressed her appreciation to Mari Hayden and Blake Carr for helping organize the tournament and make the day successful. She introduced the Relay for Life community representatives, Jackie Wallis and Ashley Jones-Hennessey, who were in Manila for the event.

The 2014 Relay for Life three-man scramble had several additional players as the three member teams could invite a family member or friend who is a cancer survivor to golf with them at no extra fee.

The relay committee chose an honorary cancer survivor to be recognized. This year's honoree was Frankie Towell. She was presented a plaque and a survivor tee shirt.

Mrs. Towell thanked Matheny and the other volunteers for the fund-raising efforts they do in the fight against cancer. Mrs. Towell has been cancer free for 10 years.

Last year's honorary survivor, John Edwards, was playing with his team of three, including his son, grandson, and a friend. He expressed his appreciation to Matheny and all of the volunteers.

Candles were lit in honor of the cancer survivors and in memory of those who have lost their battle to cancer.

Wallis gave a brief history of the Relay for Life and how it started with one man, Dr. Gordy Klatt, a surgeon from Tacoma, Wash.

"Dr. Klatt wanted to enhance the income of the local American Cancer Society and in 1985 he walked a track for 24 hours. Friends and family donated $25 to run/walk with him for 30 minutes. He raised $27,000. The next year 19 teams took part in the Relay event. Today, there is over 5,200 Relay for Life events across the United States. Relay for Life has turned into the signature fund-raising event. We received sad news just this morning that Dr. Klatt had passed away with cancer on Sunday," Wallis said.

A candle was lit in memory of Dr. Klatt.

Judy Hampton, also a cancer survivor, sang the National Anthem kicking off the tournament.

Chet Crook won the longest drive and Todd Edwards the longest put.

Teams winning include Championship, third place -- Matt Noble, Terry Brewer, Chase Shelton; second place -- Chet Crook, Dax Hurst, John Edwards and Todd Edwards; first -- Dillon Burrow, Nathan Whitlow and Blake Carr.

A-flight winners are: third place -- Bryan Kirby, Nicole Kirby Poynor, Cole Kirby and Cord Kirby; second place -- Jimmy Turnbow, J.D. Bridges, and Chris Gifford; first place -- Wendell Poteet, Roy Brymer, Dell Goodman and Jerry Pentecost.

Sponsors included: Gold -- Farmers Bank, Southworth, Delta Drug, Kenny Jackson Farms, John and Lynda Edwards, Centennial Bank, Ritter, Wildy Farms, LaCascada, Adams Land Co., Beach Family, Rep. Wes Wagner, and B&B's.

Silver sponsor was Heritage Bank.

Bronze sponsors include Jones Irrigation, Leachville Housing, Matheny Family, Harold's Discount Furniture, Adam's Tire & Service, Brown's Auto Glass, Chambers Electric, Representative Candidate Dave Wallace, Shelia Spurlock and Drake Brown, Advanced Physical Therapy, Joe Hultquist, Sanders, Corner Mart, Manila Nursing Center, Randy and Terry Rose, Carmichael Kids in honor of V.H. "Mutt" Carmichael.

Over $3,500 was raised.

"We appreciate everyone who had a part in the event," Matheny said.

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