Drug court golf tourney was huge success

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The first annual Barry County Drug Court golf tournament was played on Saturday at the Cassville Golf Course with over 100 golfers participating. Despite some early rain, golfers waited out a delayed started and ended up enjoying a gorgeous day on the course.

Winners of the four-person scramble in the championship flight were Marlee Edie, Dennis Ledgerwood, Chuck Edie and Casey Crass, who shot a 58 on the 72-par course.

Other championship flight winners were:

* Second place: Klamm, Onstott, Peterson and Parker who shot a 58.

* Third place: C. Sparks, Larry Larson, Randy Lebow and J. Dickson who shot a 60.

A Flight winners were:

* First place: Chris House, Jeff Reed, J. Brattin and G. Schad, who shot a 68.

* Second place: Luke Wilson, Hank Wilson, Ryan Preddy and L. Gately, who shot a 68

* Third place: Tim Gideon, Chad McCoy, Rick Porter and Josh Whitner who shot a 69.

First place teams in both flights won $400. The second place winners earned $300 and the third place winners won $200.

Closest second shot winner was Les Lyons, longest drive honors went to Chris Sparks, and Leta Higgs won longest putt. Each of these winners earned a $100 cash prize.

A large number of door prizes were also won by golfers. These prizes were donated by the following businesses: Aunt Kathy's; Wal-Mart; Carquest; Wildcat Rentals; Tomblin's; Mazzio's; Joyous Embroidery; Baywash; John Daly's Murder Rock; State Farm Insurance; Geraldi's; Holiday Island Golf Course; Lewright Law Firm; Expressions; Sports World; The Rib; Pizza Hut; For the Birds; Smith's Clothing; and First Lady Nails.

In addition, golfers were treated to a delicious lunch, which was prepared and served by members of the Tau Eta Sorority. John Hendricks cooked the pork for pulled pork sandwiches.

"This was a fantastic turnout for our first year," said Cindy Puryear, coordinator of the Barry County Drug Court. "We are already making plans for next year's tournament. We really appreciate all the support we received from the participating golfers, the Cassville Golf Club and manager Chuck Edie and all those businesses and individuals who donated money and prizes for our event."

Businesses that sponsored a golf team included: Trotter Law Firm, MFA, Cassville Democrat, Freedom Bank, Luck E Strike, Bob Foulke, Barry County Ready Mix, Big Dawg Truck N Jobs, McCullah Lawn Services, Patricks Convertors and Stone County Recycling Center. Roaring River Resort and Mike Farnham also helped sponsor golfers in the tournament.

Course sponsors were: First State Bank of Purdy; Bruner Pharmacy; IDF; Barry Technology Services/Barry Electric Cooperative; Ball & Prier Tire, Inc.; Heritage Medical Clinic; Security Bank of Southwest Missouri; Justin Boot; Red Rose Inn of Cassville; McDonald's; Ramey; and Les Jacobs Ford-Mercury.

Hole sponsors included: Lewright Law Office; Luck E Strike; Baywash; Able 2 Products; John Woodard Attorney; Arning Canopy Systems; Trotter Law Firm; LATCO; Ball & Prier Tire, Inc.; Willis Insurance Agency, Inc.; Tomblin's Jewelry and Gifts; Shelter Insurance Agency; Cassville Veterinary Clinic; Ken's Collision Center; Laminated Panel Systems, Inc.; Freedom Bank; Riehn Law Office; Ellis, Cupps and Cole Law Office; Aire Serv of SW Missouri; and Hutchens Construction.

Les Jacobs Ford-Mercury also sponsored four hole-in-one prizes, which went unclaimed. One of the prizes was a 2009 Mercury Sable.

The tournament raised over $7,400 for the Barry County Drug Court Program. For more information about the program, call Puryear at 847-3133.

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