Rain, rain goes away

Published 12:00 am Saturday, July 26, 2003

The curse of the Greenville Jaycee's annual Kids Classic golf tournament was broken Wednesday afternoon.

The fifth annual charity event got off to a wet start, but the sun began to shine as teams teed off to take on the back nine at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Cambrian Ridge.

"I think everything turned out alright considering the weather," this year's tournament organizer Rhett Idland said. "The last three years our tournament has been rained out. Considering what it looked like today, I think we had a pretty good turnout."

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For the past three years, the Jaycees tournament was shortened due to rain. Last year's tournament ended after nine holes.

"It's been real nasty and ugly the last couple of years," Idland said.

A total of 45 players, making up 15 threenperson teams, competed in the event, which benefits foster kids in Butler County. Each year the Jaycees raise money through various events to hold a Christmas party for local foster kids. Approximately $2,500 was raised during the golf tournament from entry fees, hole sponsorships and other donations.

"Ever since I got in the Jaycees that's been our main emphasis on anything we do," Idland said. "That's been our project."

Greenville's Steve Norman, Mike Norman and Todd Norman shot 16nunder par to capture first place in the event. Steve Norman and Mike Norman were also awarded prizes for winning two of the three closest to the pin contests. Greenville's David Scott was the recipient of the other closest to the pin prize. David Hancock won the longest drive competition.

The team, comprised of Eric Robinson, Wesley Robinson and Hunter Barrow finished second in the tournament with a score of 55.9. David Hancock, Mints McGowin and Biff Matthews placed third with a score of 57.1.

The Greenville Advocate's team made up of publisher Dennis Palmer, sports editor Adam Prestridge and composer Chris Henley was also awarded the DAL award.

The winners were announced during a reception at the Sherling Lake Pavilion, where golfers enjoyed barbecue, refreshments and fellowship.

"I think most of the guys enjoyed getting together and hanging out after the tournament to talk about who did good and who did bad, and poke fun at each other," Idland said. "That's all part of it. Having a good time."