Blues Golf Tourney A Big Hit

Blues Golf Tourney A Big Hit

IN BETWEEN fallen leaves, J.D. Kerr putts on the green while teammate Cody Buchanan watches. (Jonathan Schwab photo)

Blues Golf Tourney A Big Hit

MEMBERS OF the winning team at the Blues Education Foundation Golf Tournament were (from left) J.D. Kerr, Dylan Buchanan, Cody Buchanan and Tyler Staton. The group, playing in a captain’s choice format, shot a 56 to win by five strokes in the 12-team tournament. (Jonathan Schwab photo)

Blues Golf Tourney A Big Hit

JOE BOATWRIGHT tees off on No. 1. (Jonathan Schwab photo)

Twelve teams participated in the inaugural Blues Education Foundation Golf Tournament at The Vista Links Golf Course on Saturday, Oct. 17, successfully raising funds for the foundation and Books for Blues.

The tournament raised about $2,850 for the Blues Education Foundation Education and for Books for Blues, which encourages reading. The foundation supports scholarships for students, helps teachers pursue grant opportunities, recognizes teachers and staff for outstanding teaching and performance, recognizes partnerships that promote the academic and vocational programs supports quality education programs, and provides financial support for the goals of the Buena Vista school system. It also establishes a partnership with the Parry McCluer alumni and friends, local businesses and industries.

Sherrie Wheeler, director of operations and budget for Buena Vista City Public Schools, said the hope is to make the tournament an annual event. “Everyone seemed to have a great time,” she said. “It was a beautiful day to have the golf tournament. We were very pleased with the number of organizations that were hole sponsors. Our local businesses have been wonderful in supporting us.”

There were a total of 48 golfers, with four on each team, playing in a captain’s choice format, also known as the scramble format. The best ball was chosen after each shot on the sunny and cool day.

The winning team consisted of four Parry McCluer High School alumni: Tyler Staton, J.D. Kerr and brothers Dylan and Cody Buchanan, who won the Group A state tournament as a senior at PM in 2013. The team shot a 56 on the challenging 18-hole, par-72 course.

Placing second with a score of 61 were Bob Sloan, Russ Bateson, Gary Blackwell and Judy Clements. The third-place team, firing a 63, consisted of Joe Zollman, Billy Higgins, Andrew King and John Clark.

The men’s closest to the pin winner was Grant Rettig, and the men’s longest drive winner was J.D. Kerr. Lisa Clark was the women’s winner for closest to the pin and longest drive. The senior closest to the pin winner was Andrew King.

Wheeler noted that each of Buena Vista’s schools contributed to sponsor a hole, and the tournament received support, and food was donated from the BVCPS nutrition department and the Buena Vista restaurant Good Karma, which provided the potato salad and the macaroni salad. Other major sponsors of the tournament were Mays’ Grocery, Everbrite, CornerStone Bank, Mohawk Industries and Modine Manufacturing Company.

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