On Tuesday, April 23 a hundred golfers braved unusually chilly spring weather to participate in Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury Foundation’s 29th Annual Open Golf Tournament at The King Carter Golf Club. The event raises funds for the Foundation’s Fellowship program, which provides financial assistance to qualified residents for entrance or monthly fees, and to qualified participants in RWC’s Adult Day Program.
Again this year RWC President Stuart Bunting expressed his appreciation for the strong turnout and for the support provided by the King Carter Golf Club and the tournament’s many sponsors. “We are extremely pleased to see that the community is willing to support this special event by organizing teams to play in the tourney and providing prizes and financial contributions. The golf tournament is particularly important to us, as it helps not only a special group of residents but also members of the local community eligible for enrollment in our adult day program.”
RWC Vice President for Development Whiz Harris added that volunteers who promoted team participation and solicited prizes for the tourney also deserve credit, especially long-time chair Ed French. “Ed’s leadership of the Golf Committee has been particularly instrumental in our success during the past several years,” she says.
The tournament committee included French, Violet Whay, Ginny Burnette, J. Moon, Kent McCraney, Keith Hudgins, Pat Willett, Andrea Hathaway, Whiz Harris and J. D. Wilson, golf pro at King Carter Golf Club.
Tourney officials announced that this year’s ladies flight was won by the foursome of Ruth Fisher, Ann Stanley, Alice Helen Wohlleben and Debra Spencer.
The men’s first flight winners were the foursome of Dwight Clarke, Graham Wilson, Bruce Edwards and Ward Currin. The Second Flight was won by the Johnson Controls team of David Smith, Paul Smith, John Smith and Brian Kegs.
The men’s third flight champions were the threesome of Mason Dirickson, Greg Peete and Larry Stewart. The fourth flight was won by the SIA Group team that included Wally Nelson, John Headley, Brandon Mills and Bill Van Buren.
Ben Reese earned the prize in the closest-to-the-pin contest, while Mark Nichols won the longest drive contest.
Prior to teeing off, participants enjoyed a luncheon sponsored by Coastal Builders. This year’s Gold Sponsors were Connemara Construction, Eagle Fire and Chesapeake Bank/Chesapeake Investment Group. KSPH LLC, SIA Group, Lowe Brokenbrough and Noblett Oil & Propane were Silver Sponsors. Patron Sponsors included the Earth Store, the Renaissance Shop and anonymous donors.
Several area businesses and associations supported the tournament as hole sponsors: Tri-Star Supermarket, Lee Stephens Law, LLC, Guernsey Tingle Architects, Robert S. Westbrook, DDS, Sysco, Open Door Communications, the RWC Residents Association, Chesapeake Bank, Eagle Fire, KSPH, LLC, Noblett Oil & Propane, SIA Group, Select Properties, Breeden and Breeden, The James Company, Rappahannock Community College and Coastal Builders.
Golf courses and clubs supplying gifts for participants included Lee’s Hill Golf Club, King Carter Golf Club, Golden Horseshoe Golf Club, The Signature at West Neck, Brickshire Royal New Kent and Stonehouse Golf Clubs, Wintergreen, Indian Creek Yacht & Country Club, Kiskiack, Gauntlet and Golden Eagle.
Prizes for golfers were provided by Area Access, The Dandelion, Moxie, Le Nail, Pearl, Merle Norman, Car Wash Café, Great Fortune restaurant, the River Market, the Flower Cart, Mosaic Emporium, Papeterie, Everything Mosic, Walmart, Food Lion and Chesapeake Bank.
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