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Foursome's 54 tops field in McMackin Memorial

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By The Staff

The team of Allen Dempsey, Craig Cassedy, J.T. Hudson and Steve Huffman shot an 18-under 54 to take top honors at the annual Neil McMackin Memorial golf tournament Friday at the Lancaster Golf Club.The winning foursome posted a two-shot win in a field, also known as “High Five Friday,” which included 26 teams.The runner-up team included Matt Pittman, Junior Pate, Dale Pate and David Whitaker who finished with a 56.Two teams tied at 57, setting up the much-anticipated dizzy club race.In the event of a tie, the deadlock is broken by a dizzy club race where a selected team member circles a club 20 times and then competes in a foot race with a member of the opposite team who also circles the club 20 times.Adam Cox edged John Strickland in a wacky race to lift his team to a third-place finish. Cox was a member of the team which included Gary Chastain, Bob Hames and Don Helms.The fourth-place team included Strickland, Matt Kelly, David Graham and Patrick Deaton.The fifth-place team included Bill Eudy, Ralph Jackson, George Carpenter and Jerry Raxter who shot a 58.Tournament officials also honored a last-place team which shot an 87. The team included Cliff McMackin, David Dobbins, John Dobbins and Heath Adams.The next-to-last team also drew praise with its 80. The last place runner-up finisher featured Les Cook, Mike Sutton, Will Cook and Joe Moore. The team was presented a fishing rod in order to give it a shot to excel at another hobby.Closest to the pin winners included Bobby Bumgardner (No. 4), Ryan Bunkley (No. 7), Bill Anderson (No. 13) and Johnny Frank (No. 15).Ashley McMackin had the longest putt on No. 9 and Sam Prete had the closest drive to the center line.“We had a great time and we’re grateful to our many sponsors and volunteers,” said Wayne McMackin. “We owe a special thanks to Matt Robinson of the Three Pines Country Club in Boiling Springs. Matt does a lot of behind-the-scenes work to help make this tournament run as smooth as possible.”McMackin said tournament officials are hoping to raise $9,000 which is used to fund scholarships to Lancaster County high school seniors who will attend Clemson.The memorial scholarship was established to honor Neil McMackin, who was killed in a bicycle accident in Charleston on Nov. 3, 2004. He graduated from Lancaster High in 1999 where he played soccer. McMackin graduated from Clemson University in 2004 with a degree in biological sciences and was working for General Engineering Lab in Charleston. In its third year, the memorial has awarded six $2,000 scholarships to local students. The recipients:Courtney Kirkland – Clemson junior, third-year recipient, 2006 LHS graduate.Will Jackson – Clemson sophomore, second-year recipient, 2007 AJ graduate.Lauren Taylor – Clemson sophomore, second-year recipient, 2007 LHS graduate.Elizabeth Rowe – Clemson freshman, first-year recipient, 2008 IL graduate.Amanda Truesdale – Clemson freshman, first-year recipient, 2008 Buford graduate.Elizabeth Simpson – Clemson freshman, first-year recipient, 2008 LHS graduate.