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Lynn Webb, the founder along with Mickey Grizzard, is not immediately inclined to pinpoint the amount of proceeds from the yearly Mulligans Fore Kids bash.
However, Webb emphasizes the proceeds, down to the last dime, go to needy families in Wilson County and was willing to rank the 2017 endeavor, staged Thursday night and Friday afternoon, among the top three of 13 presented.
“It’s been a good year,” Webb commented as the Mulligans Fore Kids golf tournament at Happy Valley Country Club neared its conclusion on a comfortable Friday afternoon. “We had a really great auction (Thursday evening at the Wilson County Shrine Club). A lot of people were touched by the children.”
Emotions crested with comments to a turnout in excess of 200 from needy children and their parents and by an original song from a young lady who provides assistance for a needy family.
In more than a decade, Mulligans Fore Kids has helped in excess of 60 families. Webb estimated the number to be 20 in 2017.
“(The number helped) fluctuates depending on need,” Webb explained.
The great majority of the proceeds are derived from the auction. Webb also spoke of “a lot of good sponsor donations.”
The golf outing attracted 28 four-player teams and Webb estimates at least 20 teams were turned away.
“The goal for the golf tournament,” Webb noted, “is to give back to the sponsors and not just to have a golf tournament.”
With The Cragmont Tournament being terminated after some 40 years, the Mulligans Fore Kids popularity is destined to increase.
“This will be my favorite tournament now,” said 84-year-old Alton Absher, who has played in every Cragmont and Mulligans outing. “It’s a good tournament for a good cause.”
Added Parker’s Barbecue executive Donald Williams: “I enjoy playing in this tournament. It’s a great cause. We play in about all of them and we always support them. We just enjoy being out here playing golf.”
Golfers were rewarded with certificates and prizes for 18 holes of impressive superball performances via a shotgun start.
Emerging the overall victor as the first flight front-runner was the Don Williamson No. 1 team of Williamson, Duck Stuckey, Mark Dowd and Rudy Stalls with a 28-27—55, a sizzling 17-under-par. Highlighting the round were eagles on par-5 layouts at Nos. 7 and 13.
“We played good — as good as we could,” Stuckey assured. “Everybody contributed.
“I’ve played in this a lot of years and it’s great, fabulous. This is a just good tournament.”
Taking second via a card playoff with a 56 was the Wedgewood group of Pro Brady Pinner, Terry Barnes, Ricky Joyner and Mike Caddy.
Salvaging third with a 56 was the Joyner’s Funeral Home quartet of Doug Barnes, Jimmy Easom, Scott Hill and Keith Fulghum.
Topping the second flight was the Wilson Trailer Sales squad of Happy Valley Pro Gary Hobgood, Absher, Dan Langston and Russell Lamm.
The PLT Concrete team of Rick Proctor, Brandon Godwin, Buddy Page and John Wooten took second with a 60, while winding up third was the PLT Construction unit of Jerry Barnes, Billy Ballard, Randy Garris and Billy Clark with a 61.
With a 62, the Breakfast Optimist No. 1 group of Milo Popowitch, Leroy Marshall, Jim Fagala and Jim Barrow won the third flight.
Also carding a 62 and finishing second was the Breakfast Optimist No. 2 team of Gary Ray, Donnie Page, Charlie Boykin and Bob Pope.
Third place was claimed by the Shingleton Funeral Home foursome of Christopher Turnage, Danny Turnage, David Hobgood and James Blalock.
The tournament was dedicated to the memory of Fred Woodfin, Mark Proctor and 11-year-old Landen Bass, three individuals who passed away in 2016.
Woodfin played for years on the Don Williamson team and was attached to the event because of being the grandparent of a special child.
Proctor, an avid golfer and successful businessman, was one of the first individuals contacted by Mulligans Fore Kids in seeking sponsor help.
The Bass youngster, described as well beyond his years, died in an ATV accidient.
“This was one of the most emotional, but rewarding tournaments we’ve had,” Grizzard expressed.