Valdosta Daily Times

September 13, 2013

Golf tournament for cancer is success

Kay Harris
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — The Driving for Research golf tournament to benefit CureSearch for Cancer was a great success Thursday, bringing the organizers closer to their fund-raising goal.

Ronnie Newsome and his parents, Lee and Margaret Anne, organized the four-man scramble as part of Ronnie’s journey to raise $25,000 to fund a CureSearch research grant in the memory of his sister. Victoria passed away at age 8 from medulloblastoma, an aggressive cancer which causes tumors in the brain and along the spinal column.

“Thanks to all of you, Ronnie has raised nearly $4,000 towards his goal. He’s still got a long way to go, but he’s much closer today because of you,” said Margaret Anne, addressing the players before the tournament.

Eleven four-man teams competed in the tournament at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The teams competed for prizes for the top teams and also in putting and closest to the pin challenges.

Coming away from the day as winners were first place, the PCA team of Gary Pollock, Devin Corbitt, Derrick Flieschman and Clint Yager; second place, Langdale Forest Products team of Adam Davis, Mark Ronbinson, Randy Terrill, and Ryan Ferguson; and third place, Commercial Real Estate Advisors Jamie Harris, Kevin Butenschon, Henry Cauthen and Brock Young.

In the four closest to the pin challenges, the winners were Frankie Gay, Berney Armstrong and Billy Smith, twice.

There was a three-way tie in the four-hole putting contest, so the players had to return to the last hole. All three teams made a hole in one, so they chose a number to determine the winner, the Commercial Banking Company team of Taylor Biddle, Dave Buckridge, Adam Giles and J.D. Wetherington.