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Golf tourney aids STLS scholarship fund

Posted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 4:35 pm


STLS Golf Tournament --

Local golfers Joseph Hamilton and Mike Hyde

“What a beautiful day to play golf,” was just one of the comments related to Tournament Director Cindy Raybern, at the inaugural “Swing a Club for Scholarships” Golf Tournament.

It wasn’t about handicaps or flights – it was a day to play your best round of 18 holes, laugh, meet people and raise money for the Southern Tennessee Ladies’ Society Scholarship Foundation.

After breakfast, 68 golfers took to the Course at Sewanee, a few trying their luck at Hole #3 to get the Hole-in-One and a Chevy Impala from Russell Barnett.

Carla Hullett of Tullahoma commented, “Look forward to playing in your tournament in the future. The course was challenging, but very nice and you ladies did an excellent job.”

“It was an honor to be a part of the first Southern Tennessee Ladies’ Society Golf Tournament. Everyone had a great time for a great cause, even though the Sewanee Course proved to be a challenge for all those that played,” said Mark Braden, political director for U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander.

“The STLS golf tournament was a tremendous event for the benefit of our students heading for college. A beautiful day and a recently renovated golf course came together to give the golfers a challenging day and the links for a good cause. The well-attended event was well run for a first effort and the size of the tournament attendance. “It was a very enjoyable time spent with good friends and a favorite sport,” added Bob Greving.

Marge and Ron Schmitz, who played in the tournament, said, “We had a great time playing in the STLS golf tournament. Everyone did a great job keeping things going, and we look forward to playing next year. Thank God for the beautiful day we had, cool in the morning and warm in the afternoon. Job well done!”

Randy and Sandy Laszewski sponsored the Putting Contest, and Randy had this to say, “I really enjoyed participating in the STLS Swing a Club for Scholarships golf tournament. For a first time event it was well organized and well attended. I look forward to participating in future years. Congratulations to STLS on a great fundraising event.”

Two young men from Brentwood participated in the tournament. Garrett Williams, 15, commented in his own words, “Hole #3 had a great view with a difficult pin position in the front and not much green to work with. The food was good and (I) met some cool people throughout the day. Had a great time with my fellow competitors and playing with my friend Erik Hamm.”

Garrett sank a putt to win the Putting Contest.

First place winners were Jim Foster and Dale Mooney, and coming in second were Marvin Stephens and Mike Hopkins. The tournament, held on June 15 at Renaissance, University of the South in Sewanee, was a huge success and in no small measure, due to the generosity of all the sponsors and participants.