ACCS boosters hit links to raise funds for the athletic department

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 2, 2006

NATCHEZ &8212; After a one-year hiatus, the ACCS Booster Club Four-Person Scramble was back and better than ever Saturday at the Duncan Park Golf Course with one of the strongest fields the tournament has ever had.

This year&8217;s tournament featured 24 teams, divided into two flights with the proceeds benefiting the ACCS athletic department.

Tournament co-chairman and ACCS head baseball coach Ron Rushing said the event raised somewhere around $8,500.

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While the tournament was for a good cause, there was also some good golf being played. The Smith Printing team of Randy Martin, Raymond Steele, Johnny Monroe and Anthony Kent won the championship flight with a round of 51.

Their winning team had four eagles, 12 birdies and two pars.

&8220;We eagled each of the par fives and one of the par fours,&8221; Martin said. &8220;Our lead-off man, &8216;Pops&8217; Steele, was taking it deeper down the middle than he usually does. We thank Eric &8216;Bubba&8217; Smith, who owns Smith Printing, for sponsoring us in this tournament.&8221;

&8220;We&8217;ve played together as a team in a lot of scrambles,&8221; Monroe said. &8220;But this is the first time we&8217;ve shot 20-under.&8221;

The team of Robbie Savant, Cliff Merritt, Josh Loy and Forrest Foster finished in second place after a scorecard playoff between themselves and the Miss-Lou Fire team of Rusty Anders, Gary Farmer, Jordan Farmer and Ron Welch.

The par-three holes were what kept the Miss-Lou Fire team from finishing in second place outright, as the team was unable to make a birdie on any of their four opportunities.

The Redneck Adventures team of Keith Rayborn, Christopher Rayborn, Tommy Geoghegan and Tom Matthews finished in fourth place with a round of 54. Despite their low score the team members felt like they could have done better.

&8220;We didn&8217;t play good today,&8221; Matthews said.

&8220;We didn&8217;t play well at all,&8221; Geoghegan added.

Ricky Brown, Larry Wagner, Kenny Boyd and Frankie Spence tied for fifth with the Ketco Advertising team of Rusty Marks, Al Conn, Russ Marks and Byrnsie Marks. Both teams turned in rounds of 55.

The tournament was divided into two flights with 12 teams in each flight.

The Chapman Investments team of Charles Chapman, Janet Taylor, Jenny Conley and James Conley won in the second flight after a scorecard playoff with Mike McGehee, Bill McGehee, Bud McGehee and Daryl Reid.

Both teams had rounds of 60.