Participants yuck it up at Sam West Classic

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 2, 2006

NATCHEZ &8212; Fun was the name of the game at Friday&8217;s Samuel West Golf Classic held this year at Duncan Park.

When the 51 participants finished their round there was little to be said about which group played the best, the participants were having too much fun talking about which group played the worst.

K.G. Watkins, winner of this year&8217;s men&8217;s city championship, did not show any pride in his team having won the tournament with a score of 59, instead he was happier about besting some of his local pals.

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&8220;It was a honor and a privilege to have beat the mayor, a congressman and a lobbyist,&8221; Watkins said. &8220;It was like all my tax dollars were coming back to me.&8221;

In the lobby where the players dined after their round the jokes took on a more personal vein.

&8220;Where I&8217;m from, anybody who spent as much time in the woods as Fred Ward, would have had the game warden called on him to see if he had his coon hunting license,&8221; Adams county superviser Thomas &8220;Boo&8221; Campbell said.

Watkins joined in on the fun.

&8220;Hey Fred next time you better bring your dogs down to help you hunt for all those lost golf balls,&8221; Campbell said.

Ward was unable to come up with a retort and instead just ignored the comments.

In light of all the fun being had, it is easy to overlook the real good being done.

&8220;The money raised from this tournament will go to help the Natchez Special Olympics and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the American Cancer Society&8221; Tournament director Sam West said.

West has put on tournaments for the past three years as a way to benefit numerous charities and said that it all started with a desire to help people.

&8220;I just wanted to find a way to help children and the elderly,&8221; West said. &8220;Golf tournaments are a great fundraiser, and as you can tell everyone has a really good time doing it.&8221;

Kenneth Redding, of Vicksburg said that the good time had by all is a big part of the draw for him with this tournament.

&8220;Only for Sam would I drive this distance,&8221; Redding said. &8220;I play in golf tournaments all over the world, but this one is different out here it&8217;s just the homeboys.&8221;