Following a rainout on June 28, the fifth annual Fountain Place/Tommy Bolt Classic was played July 12 at the Cherokee Village South Course.
A shrinkage in teams was expected due to the weather delay, but nevertheless, 27 teams enjoyed a beautiful day for golf, with some competitors coming from as far away as Wyoming.
Though not all returns are in yet, event organizers estimate that net proceeds of the tournament to benefit Fountain Place will be near $10,000 again this year.
The committee was privileged to again honor its patron, Tommy Bolt, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Although Bolt was unable to attend due to failing health, it was announced that the Classic was being played in his honor this year, to recognize the 50th anniversary of his U.S. Open championship.
This year's tournament winners were:
1st: With a score of 60, Kelley Webb, Rodney Burns, Sandra Hughes and Helen Chaffin; 2nd: Mike Cone, Kermit Blevins, Kelley Webb and Mark Miller; 3rd: Brad Bibb, Shane Smith, John Scribner and Clay Spencer.
1st: Wendell Smith, Bob Foster, C.O. Smith and James Gleghorn; 2nd: Larry Kissee, John Kissee, Wade Paul and Tyler French; 3rd: John R. Thurman, Garrett Fiscus, Matt Faith and Chuck Burnett.
1st: Bobby Jones, Robbie Jones, Pat Kimball and Jerry Hawkins; 2nd: Floyd Hannon, Jr., Walt Brown, Dick Gammie and Aubrey Smith; 3rd: Bob Evins, David Harris, Darrell Kehrli and Brent Watts.
As usual, team scores were flighted into three flights after play. Gift certificates for the South Course Golfshop were again awarded to the top three places within each flight as follows: 1st place: $300; 2nd place: $240; and 3rd place: $180.
Again this year, hole prize competitions were held on all 18 holes.
A $20 cash prize was awarded for each of the following contests: longest drive men only, longest drive women only, longest drive men and women, longest putt made, closest to the pin, closest to the pin 2nd shot and closest to the pin 3rd shot.
To view team pictures available for download, secure additional information about the tournament, or about residences available for rent, visit the Fountain Place Web site at www.FountainPlace.us.
For more information, call tournament chairman Oral Henderson at 870-257-2452.
The sixth annual Fountain Place Tommy Bolt Classic is scheduled for the fourth Saturday in June, 2009.