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Dogwood Daze events kicks off with golf tournament

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Dogwood Daze Golf Photo by Steven Looney
The annual Chamber of Commerce Dogwood Daze celebration kicked off with a pancake and sausage breakfast at the Thayer High School Cafeteria, Saturday morning May 2.

Chamber member Harvey Allen did a good job of flipping the light and fluffy, golden brown pancakes while Chamber President Faith Holt supervised her husband Ray, who was serving the sausage patties.

Connie Ward was in the back making sure things were cooked to perfection and the Chamber volunteer staff stayed on their toes.

Fresh hot coffee, milk and juice were offered on a side table with plenty of "I Can't believe It's Not Butter" and pancake syrup available on each table.

The $3 all you can eat buffet, was well attended, considering the other events going on in the area and rainy weather conditions.

The Dogwood Daze Golf Tournament kicked off early in the morning with 27 soggy teams entered in the event at the Thayer Golf Course.

The 18 hole, two-person scramble tournament, was co-sponsored by K-Kountry 95 and the Bank of Thayer.

The golf teams were real troopers to continue to play and complete the 18 hole tournament in light rain with periods of down pour.

Jeremy Wooldridge and Kim Shepard came away with the top score in first flight.

Bob Eckman made a single long putt of 50 feet, to qualify for a chance to putt on the hole offering a $2,500 prize, sponsored by K-Kountry. His colleagues and fellow golfers asked, "Sense K-Kountry is co-sponsor, had you made the putt, were you going to pay yourself?" Bob said, "No, I think if I had made the putt, I would have saved the money to use for something else."

"I guess I should have saved the putt I made to qualify, for the competition shot. I got close to the pin, but it was pouring down rain and there was a lot of water on the green. Everybody got soaked the last four holes," Eckman said.

All of the players had a chance to make some of their green fees back, while the benefit was for the Chamber of Commerce.

Funds raised by these events assist in the operation of the Tourist Information Caboose, in the McDonald's parking lot and some funds are put aside for the Fourth of July Fireworks program.

A citywide yard sale, one of the features of the Dogwood Daze celebration, was pretty much a wash-out because of the continuing rainfall.

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