VALDOSTA — Local golfers teed off Monday in support of Valdosta High football.
A total of 72 golfers (18 four-man teams) competed in the inaugural Valdosta High Season Kick-Off Tournament on Monday afternoon at the Valdosta Country Club.
The four-man scramble raised thousands of dollars for the Valdosta High football program.
“It was an awesome day,” said Valdosta offensive line coach Ashley Henderson, who organized the tournament. “They played through the heat, which was brutal, but (the tournament) was a lot of fun. The response was real good, and I think it will be even better next year.”
The winning team was a foursome of former Valdosta quarterbacks. John Lastinger, John Bond, Dr. David Parker and Greg Talley finished with a score of 52.6. The foursome shot a 56, then the score was adjusted for their 3.4 average handicap.
The second-place team also included an ex-Wildcat quarterback, Dr. Ben Hogan. Hogan teamed with Ron Hogan, Terry Hiers and Greg Blais for a 52.8. Finishing third were Marcus Mullis, John Dennis Wetherington, Joe Patterson and Hernando Moreno with a 53.3. The top three teams received prizes for their performances.
Finishing fourth were Richard Lamon and a trio of present and former Wildcat football coaches — Charles Tarpley, Jerry Don Baker and Al Akins — with a 53.4. Blake McLeod, Bart Bosch, Keith Watson and Mike Davis were fifth with a 53.8.
The scores were low on Monday. Six teams shot under 54, 10 were below 56 and only one of the 18 teams failed to break 60 (after the scores were adjusted for handicaps). There was a two-putt maximum on the greens to help speed up play, and mulligans could be purchased.
Blais (Plantation hole No. 5), David Matthews (Bottom hole No. 2) and Jeff Sikes (Plantation hole No. 7) received prizes for being closest to the pin on selected holes. Scott Fletcher won the longest drive award.
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In its final 7-on-7 test of the summer, Randy McPherson was pleased with how the Lowndes football team looked Wednesday morning.
Brooks County coach Maurice Freeman, on the other hand, was worried about the kind of hole the Trojans would have dug for themselves at Martin Stadium against the Vikings and Lafayette (Fla.) had it been a real game.
Grable signs with Tampa Bay
Another former Valdosta State football player joined the ranks of the National Football League when linebacker Jeremy Grable signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday morning.
Just Keep Running
Forrest Gump once said, "I used to run to get to where I was going, but I never thought it would take me anywhere." In the case of 18 year-old Mary Alice Smoot, anywhere is Tampa, Fla.
After four years of unparalleled success running cross-country at Valwood, Smoot will continue running competitively next season at the University of Tampa.
DKSA Elite win USSSA Global World Series
DKSA ELITE just continues to win, the 10U team’s latest victory came in the USSSA Global World Series held in Destin, Fla. July 8-12.
Milestones on tap for upcoming season
Some milestones are destined to occur, like when Georgia Christian hosts David Emanuel on Aug. 22 in the Generals’ first varsity football game since the late 1960s.
Others will have to wait and see what continues to take shape come Friday when teams can begin fall practice, and especially Aug. 1 when teams can suit up in pads for the first time, such as can Valdosta win its record 24th state title, or can Lowndes capture its fourth state championship under Randy McPherson, or can Valwood and coach Ashley Henderson play in its third straight GISA state championship game?
As we start to find out the answers to those questions in just a few short weeks — the regular season is just 31 days away — there should be a few more milestones for area coaches to mark 2014 right along with the Generals getting back on the gridiron.
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