Golfers hit course for Hillbilly
A total of 88 golfers representing Cassville area businesses and industries competed in the 26th annual Hillbilly Industrial Golf Tournament last Thursday and Friday at the Cassville Golf Course.
Sponsored by the Cassville Industrial Development Corporation and the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce, the event is held each year to pay tribute to the industries that contribute to the local economy.
"2010 turned out to be another great year for the Hillbilly Golf Tournament," said Randy Stockton, tournament chairman. "The weather cooperated, and we hosted 88 industry guests from around the country that have ties to Cassville industries."
Winners of the 2010 Hillbilly Tournament were Curt Roland, Kim Kenney, Jeromy Williams and Tom Gripka.
Second place honors went to the team of Jon Horner, Tom Hoefert, Jeff Gardner and Galen Shoemaker. The third place team was Ron Stafford, Ed Liley, Clive Veri and Stu Gatley.
On Thursday, individual hole winners were: Sue Van Drehle, longest drive on #2; John Kunze, closest to the pin on #6; Mark Shumaker, closest to the pin on #8; Galen Shoemaker, closest to the pin on #11; Jamie Morgan, closest to the pin on #17; and Gary Allen, longest putt on #13.
Friday winners were: Kim Kenney, longest drive on #2; JC Gillispie, closest to the pin on #6; Terry DeGraffenreid, closest to the pin on #8; Willie Hendricks, closest to the pin on #11; Mark Pry, closest to the pin on #17; and John Hendricks, longest putt on #13.
A total of 30 businesses and industries were represented in the tournament. Those participating included: Justin Brands; Willis Insurance; Hutchens Construction; Commerce Bank; Arning Companies; CenturyLink; Casey's General Stores, Inc.; Barry Electric; Freedom Bank; City of Cassville; Thorco; Security Bank; Fasco/Regal Beloit; Seneca Companies; George's Inc.; St. John's Hospital; Luck E Strike Manufacturing; Barry County Commission; Cassville Schools; House Handle; Les Jacobs Ford; Cassville Democrat; Midwest Pump; Peiker/Piatchek Associates; Marck Industries; Missouri Gas Energy; Hooten Equipment; First State Bank; PEMCO Service Co.; and Hydro Aluminum.
This year's tournament sponsors were: Justin Brands; Hutchens Construction; Les Jacobs Ford; Luck E Strike; Peiker Piatchek Associates; Commerce Bank; Security Bank; First State Bank; Freedom Bank; Fastrip; Thorco; City of Cassville; Fasco; Cassville Democrat; Willis Insurance; Barry Electric; Cassville Industrial Development Corporation; Missouri Gas Energy; and Arning Companies.
The tournament is organized by members of the Hillbilly Golf Tournament Committee who include: chairman Randy Stockton; Bob Allen; Gary Whyte; Valarie Hutchens; Mindi Artherton; Mark Smith; and Stan Kelley.
"This tournament still has very strong appeal and participation from our area industries 26 years after its inception," said Stockton.