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Golf tourney pays off for Wounded Warriors

Golfers salute as the Star-Spangled Banner is played prior to the Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament.

On September 27 at Piankatank River Golf Club (PRGC) in Hartfield more than $7,300 was raised in a tournament to benefit the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program. This first-of-its-kind event was hosted by The Knights of Columbus Fr. John Boddie Assembly 3349. 

Assembly leader Tom Shoemaker welcomed and thanked the 88 golfers for helping Virginia’s veterans in need. After the National Anthem, contenders took to the course under sparkling blue skies. The afternoon’s competition was followed by a banquet and awards ceremony at the Steamboat Restaurant. 

Tournament director Al Langer said, “It was tremendously gratifying to see the outpouring of community support for this day from the golfers, sponsors, donors and volunteers. It shows how much we all feel in debt to those who serve and sacrifice on our behalf. 

“We especially want to thank Buzz Lambert and the entire PRGC team—the pro shop, course superintendent and crew, and the restaurant staff—for their outstanding efforts.”

The Virginia Wounded Warrior Program (VWWP), operated by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, coordinates behavioral health and rehabilitative services through public and private partnerships. The Virginia Veterans Services Foundation makes it possible for private donations to help support VWWP.

Assembly 3349 is the local patriotic Fourth Degree Order of The Knights of Columbus, with members representing the Church of the Visitation in Topping, and the Church of Francis de Sales in Mathews. 

The tournament winners were:
A Flight: First Place, Randy Krahn, Dave Dyson, Mike Mannahonnon, Dallas Divellbliss; Second Place, RT Willis, Mark Lawrence, Lem Stewart, Tom Booker; Third Place, Chris Marshall, Marvin Mason, RD Johnson, Brian Walton.

B Flight: First Place, Tom Throckmorton, Jimmy Buchanan, Til Buchanan, Bruce Shaws; Second Place, Bob Scherrer, Al Langer, Charlie Hart, Gary Richardson; Third Place, Stan Hebner, Phil Hebner, Alan McNamee, Todd Ridgeford. 

C Flight: First Place, Bea Foley, Tom Foley, Joy Crowder, Phil Crowder; Second Place, Carlton Revere, James Clayton, John Singleton, Joey Pausic; Third Place, Tom Shoemaker, Pete Hall, Eric Sutton, Jack Eley.

Longest Drives: Bill Metzger and Mary Francisco.

Closest to the Pin: Mary Francisco, Bea Foley, RD Johnson and Sam Wallace.

Straightest Drives: Tunie Dooley and Pat Sciortino.

posted 10.09.2013

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