Golfers converge to raise money for scholarships

Published 1:15 am Tuesday, June 26, 2007

NATCHEZ — One hundred golfers competed at Beau Pré Country Club in the Association of Energy Service Companies Scholarship Golf Tournament, Monday.

The mass of golfers were organized into 25 four-man teams. Each team played a four-man scramble on all 18 holes with one exception, the players only kept score for the best balls played over the course of tournament.

In addition to team play each golfer had the chance to win prizes. Golfers competed in longest drive, closest to the hole and hole-in-1 challenges during the day.

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Jody Helbling drilling manager for Energy Drilling Company and chairman for the Natchez AESC hit the longest drive of the day.

“I knew I had that one in the bag,” Helbling said. “ I hit the ball almost 315 yards.”

For his long drive he received a gift certificate for $50 to the Beau Pré pro shop.

More than a gift certificate was on the line for the owner of Shamrock Drilling Stephen Guido.

Guido was one of four people randomly selected to attempt a hole-in-1 worth $100,000.

The first three golfers were unsuccessful at the 180 yard hole-in-1 challenge. Then it was Guido’s turn to try for the $100,000 hole.

The crowd was silent. He drew back his club and hit the ball hard. The small white sphere disappeared into the water and splashed down in the pond just to the right of the green.

But Guido didn’t seem too heartbroken about it, he joked on the way back to clubhouse, about how his winnings would have been taxed if he had won.

Guido’s Shamrock Drilling team won second with a 57 in the tournament. His teammates were Bob Latham, Bill Byrne and Woody Allen. Team Ross and Yerger took first with a 55 and Halliburton Energy Services won third with a 57.

“We may not win but we have already won because we have had the most fun,” said Phillip Smith from team Halliburton.

All of the profits made from the event were put into a scholarship fund for the Natchez AESC.

“We made about $6,000,” Helbling said.

“We will use the money next spring to give scholarships to selected kids from Natchez.”