Team Founders tops 'Fore the Kids'

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Winning team posts 19 under

By Robert Howey



Team Founders took top honors in the third annual “Fore the Kids” golf tournament at Edgewater Golf Club in Lancaster on Thursday, June 13.

The captain’s choice tournament was originally slated for June 6, but reset for June 13 with a rain out.

The Founders team took a two-shot win with a 19-under and included Jay Rainey, Randy Coleman, Fred Phipps and Johnny Roscoe.

The second-place team, with a 17-under, included Mike Griffin, Ed Rand, Robert Bradley and Skip Stutts.

Third place, with a 15-under, featured Wyatt Blackmon, Ron Crockett, Hazel Barnes and Terry Clyburn.

The tournament’s annual sportsmanship award was presented to Keith Hinson, Kelvin Hinson, Phillip Gibson and Jamie Jennings.

Close-up winners were Fred Phipps No. 4, Chuck Crockett No. 8, Wyatt Blackmon No. 11 and Bobby Sherrin on No. 15.

Crockett also won the long drive award and Parker Mathis captured the longest putt award.

Tournament proceeds benefit the local chapter of the Child Evangelism Fellowship which has reached more area schools than ever before.

The organization’s purpose is teaching the Christian gospel to children and encouraging children’s involvement in local Christian churches, especially in teaching children the Bible.

“As always, the big winners were the kids in our community, who will benefit from expanded exposure to Christian messages of how to live one’s life,” said Skip Stutts, the tournament director.

Stutts said the chapter would like to thank the “many generous sponsors who positively affected this mission.”

The sponsors included corporate sponsor Founders Federal Credit Union, along with company sponsors Benson Insurance Agency, WealthPlan Financial Partner Skip Stutts, Chick-fil-A (Lancaster and Rock Hill).

Stutts also thanked the support of Charlotte Van & Storage, Chandler’s Collision Center, Eddy Black DBA Preferred Plumbing, Genesis Outreach Ministry, Cook Law Firm, UPS Lancaster, Greene’s Graphics, Winston Smith, Ace Printing & Embroidery, Wal-Mart, Faile Construction and Perception Builders.

Additional prizes and goodie bag items were supplied by Cauthen Motors, State Farm agents Marsha Patterson and Dawn Johnson along with Strut Murdoch, Barbara Gardner and Marilyn Roddey from Douglas Presbyterian Church.

Stutts also praised Ken Costanza, All-State agent, along with Nichols Sporting Goods, Movay Salon and Spa, Bobbi Ann and Jerry Helgeson, TrueHomes, C&V Cleaning and Edgewater Golf Course for their support.

Stutts gave a special thanks to Edgewater Golf Club pro Phil Lobeck and his EGC staff for providing a beautiful golf course and excellent support.

“Phil and the Edgewater staff do a wonderful job,” Stutts said. “Phil is an enthusiastic guy and the course was in great shape.”

Founders Federal Credit Union provided a barbecue dinner following play when the awards were presented.

Chick-fil-A hosted a luncheon prior to the shotgun start.

Stutts said the local chapter of CEF would like to thank the eight teams which competed in the tournament along with the generous sponsor donations.

“We thank you for expanding God’s kingdom,” Stutts said. “We pray that your presence and contributions will be a blessing to young people in our community, yourself, and make our world a better place. This is the most sponsors we’ve had and we’re grateful for their support.”