Hillbilly tournament celebrates business, industry

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The 27th annual Hillbilly Industrial Golf Tournament was held last Thursday and Friday at the Cassville Golf Course with 80 teams participating in the four-man scramble. The two-day event is sponsored by the Cassville Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce.

"The Hillbilly Industrial Golf Tournament gives local industry a chance to show off all that our community has to offer," said Mindi Artherton, chamber executive director.

During Thursday night's banquet, Hutchens Construction and Luck E Strike received special recognition. Hutchens has been in business in Cassville 50 years and Luck E Strike has been operating for 25 years.

"Representatives from both businesses expressed appreciation to the Cassville community and a strong desire and commitment to the continued success of Cassville," Artherton said.

A moment of silence was also observed during the banquet in honor of the late Bill LeCompte and the late Truman Baker. Both men were community leaders who played instrumental roles in the IDC and the chamber.

This year's tournament winner was the team of Mike Riehn, David Howard, Billy Lovell and John Hendricks. Second place honors went to Eric White, John Anderson, James Adams and Jack Forgey, and the third place team included Randy Stockton, David Froelich, Jeff Gardner and Hal Brown.

Additional prizes were awarded to: Stan Kelley and Mike Worthington, line drive on hole #2, sponsored by First State Bank; Rob Dixon and John Baughan, closest to the pin on hole #6, sponsored by Commerce Bank; Curt Roland and Bob Allen, closest to the pin on hole #8, sponsored by Security Bank; Froelich and Stu Gatley, closest to the pin on hole #11, sponsored by Hutchens Construction; and Millard Andrews and Jeff Seifried, closest to the pin on hole #17; Andrews and Chris House, longest putt on hole #13, sponsored by Arning Company.

Players also had the opportunity to win hole-in-one prize money sponsored by Commerce Bank, Les Jacobs Ford, Luck E Strike and St. John's Hospital.

Other tournament sponsors included Fastrip, Barry Electric Cooperative, Century Link, Justin Brands, Shelter Insurance, Thorco, Cassville Democrat, Freedom Bank, Missouri Gas Energy, Allied Waste and Willis Insurance.

The Hillbilly Tournament was organized by committee members Randy Stockton (chairman), Mark Smith, Gary Whyte, Bob Allen, Stan Kelley and Artherton.

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