United Way takes to Beau Pré for 20th annual golf scramble
NATCHEZ — Both Lloyd Trisler and Bill Lambert have been participating in the United Way Scramble since it first started back in 1994 because of the many agencies it supports.
On Thursday afternoon, Trisler and Lambert were part of the Natchez Community Hospital team with Mike Cook and Scoop Murray that had a round of 16-under-par 56 to win the 20th annual edition of this four-person scramble at Beau Pré Country Club in a scorecard playoff.
Trisler and Lambert have different reasons as to why they continue to play in this event each year.
“Number one, it’s a lot of fun. Number two, the United Way does a lot of good things for the community. One of the many things they support is the Red Cross,” Lambert said.
Trisler said he enjoyed representing the hospital at the scramble.
“The (Natchez Community) Hospital is one of the biggest supporters of the United Way,” Trisler said.
As for how the team’s round went, Lambert said, “Very good at the beginning. Very bad at the end. We ran out of mulligans. We had three pars, one eagle (on No. 10) and the rest were birdies.”
Trisler added that the course is in “real good shape.”
“The greens are a little slower than normal. The pins were very difficult. The rough is up a little because of the tournament coming up in July.”
The United Mississippi Bank team of Matthew Hall, Adrian Stallone, Kevin Smith Sr. and Agnes Holloway wound up second in the scorecard playoff after it finished at 16-under-par 56.
“We had a real good time. We had a good team. We all shared,” Smith Sr. said. “It’s for a real good cause. We want to thank all the corporate sponsors, especially the Isle of Capri. Everybody putted real well. We had two eagles (No. 18, No. 10), four pars and 12 birdies.”
Third place went to the Trace City Toyota team of Stephen Piper, Jerry Donald, Jay Lessley and Trevor Farmer at 15-under-par 57.
Tiffany Mascagni, executive director of the United Way of the Greater Miss-Lou, said she was pleased with the turnout and glad the rain stayed away.
“We had 11 teams, but one team dropped out. This is our 20th year. This is our anniversary year. For the third year, we did a golf ball drop. We got rained out the last couple of years and had to drop from a ladder,” Mascagni said. “They love coming out and supporting this. Trace City Toyota is sponsoring the hole-in-one prizes. We’re going to have a raffle at the after party. We have lots of door prizes.”
Board chairman Moe LeBlanc said he enjoys doing this very much.
“It is so rewarding personally and community-wise for the Miss-Lou United Way to do what we do for the 11 agencies,” LeBlanc said.
Those agencies are Adams County 4-H, Adams County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), American Red Cross — Adams County Chapter, Catholic Charities — Emergency Assistance & Counseling Programs, Catholic Charities — COPE, Guardian Sexual Assault Center, Guardian Shelter for Battered Families, Natchez-Adams County Council on Aging, Natchez-Adams County Habitat for Humanity, Natchez Falcons Youth Club, and T.M. Jennings Little League Baseball.
“We couldn’t do it without businesses and private owners that donate their money to the United Way of the (Greater) Miss-Lou,” LeBlanc said. “Our funding added to $70,000 among the 11 agencies. That money stays here. Tiffany Mascagni and Tammy Prince, they are the United Way of the (Greater) Miss-Lou. They are the backbone. We couldn’t have pulled this off without the Isle of Capri.”