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A stellar start sparked the winning team in the eighth annual Pregnancy Care Center golf tournament at the Lancaster Golf Club on Friday, July 25.
The winning foursome of Roger Hayes, Danny Reynolds, Dan Edwards and Bryan Turner teamed for a 17-under 55 to top the 16-team field.
A year ago, the same foursome prevailed with a 55 to take first place in the 14-team event.
“It really wasn’t one hole, but we had a great start,” said Hayes, who posted his first-ever hole-in-one at the Lancaster Golf Club on No. 4.
“We started with an eagle, birdie, hole-in-one and an eagle,” Hayes said. “We had a heck of a start and it just pumped us up for the rest of the day. It really got us going and we were able to build on that.”
The winning foursome highlighted its day with seven birdies, four eagles and Hayes’ ace, the third in his career.
Hayes’ hole-in-one also earned him the close-up award on No. 4.
“I knew I hit it good and to get a hole-in-one was a good feeling,” he said.
Hayes added teamwork proved a key factor in the team’s win.
“This group plays a lot of golf together and we know each other pretty well,” Hayes said. “This tournament has a great cause and it was fun being out there and winning again.
“It’s always fun to win,” he said. “Winning never gets old.”
The winning foursome earned $500.
“It’s great to win and when you can repeat a victory, it’s always a big plus,” Reynolds said. “At the same time, you know the cause is going to help make a difference in the community.”
The second-place team, which carded a 14-under 58, included Ross Baker, Eric Funderburk, Garrett Hammond and Taylor Banks.
“We appreciate what Julie Walters (Pregnancy Care Center executive director) does and we appreciate her having the tournament at the Lancaster Golf Club,” Hammond said. “I know a lot of young people also appreciate what Julie and her staff do.”
The second-place team earned $300.
Two teams tied for third place with each shooting a 60.
The third-place teams included Nathan Crabtree, Charles Wright, Parkes Coggins and Brett English, with the other foursome the team of Ben Nolan, Jackie Horton, Rick Walters and Emily Cox.
Those teams donated their money back to the Pregnancy Care Center.
Individual winners include Hayes (hole-in-one, close-up No. 4), Rudy Carter (close-up No. 7), Pierce Horton (close-up No. 13) and Brett English (close-up No. 15).
Coggins, a member of one of the third-place teams, had the longest drive on No. 5.
Walters said she was pleased with the tournament and was grateful for the three corporate sponsors, Comporium Pioneer Club, 521 Barbecue and the Eye and Laser Center.
“Last year we had 14 teams and this year we were up to 16 teams,” Walters said. “We appreciate our corporate sponsors and our tee box sponsors.
“Funds raised with this tournament make a major difference at the Pregnancy Care Center, and the girls earn their way to a brighter future,” she said. “We had $150 given back to the Center today from the golfers who played.
“We’re happy with the tournament and where it is going,” Walters said. “We had a good day today and we want to continue and grow this tournament. We’re already looking forward to next year and our goal is to have a larger field of teams.”
Walters said those who would still like to make a donation can do so by visiting the website at www.lancpregcare.com, or call (803) 286-5900.