Drop it like it#039;s hot
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 3, 2007
The Butler County Children's Advocacy Center and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 39 held the 9th Annual CenturyTel Pro-Law-Am golf tournament at Cambrian Ridge last Wednesday to raise money for the two organizations.
Although golf was the main focus of the day, there was another source of excitement before the tournament began.
Numbered golf balls were sold and then dropped from a helicopter onto a hole at the driving range.
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If a ball went into the hole, the lucky owner of the ball would receive $1,000.
“We sold between 350-400 balls,” said Alabama Probation and Parole Officer Mark Harold, who is also the president of the FOP Lodge.
While none of the balls found the bottom of the cup, Ruby Deudendorf still won $500 for having her ball come closest to the hole.
The idea came from Kathy Smyth, the director of Safe Harbor.
“I brought the idea to the table,” Smyth said. “I saw it done for another children's advocacy center, and everything fell into place.”
The event was made possible with the help of Butler County Sheriff Kenny Harden, who arranged for a Dale County Sheriff's Department helicopter and crew to come in and drop the golf balls.
“The helicopter crew did a superb job for us,” Harold said.
Harold also said that the golf ball drop will become a regular event.
“We're counting on people that came out and watched and saw how much fun it was to come back and participate next year,” he said.
The money raised from the tournament will be split between the FOP Lodge and Safe Harbor, and it is the largest fundraiser of the year for both organizations.
“It was a huge success for us,” Smyth said. “We provide interviews, evaluations and therapy for children that allege abuse or are witnesses to crimes.”
“We do this at no cost to the children and family, so this tournament helps us offset the cost of services,” Smyth continued. “It's an important event to help us meet financial needs. After the state cut funding several years ago, we rely on local fundraisers.”
The FOP uses the money to provide relief to members of the local lodge.
“Any time we have an officer in our lodge who has some kind of need, whether it be a family emergency or something like that, we provide all the help we can,” Harold said.
Harold said he hasn't received the final figures on how much money was raised.
“We're also superbly thankful for all the local businesses that sponsored us, the hole sponsorships that people and businesses gave us, and the corporate sponsorship of CenturyTel,” Harold said.
This year's winning team was composed of Jason Peavy, Glenn Criswell, Lee Criswell and David Hancock.
“We had a great time,” Peavy said. “Last year our team came in second, but we were lucky enough to come in first this year.”
“We've had a blast both years we've been in it,” he added.
Here are the complete scores from Wednesday's tournament:
David Anderson - 50
Jim Rhodes - 50.7
John Andrews - 58.4
Michael Cannon - 58.6
Pat Kowalszyk - 60.1
Justin Lovvorn - 60.1
Melvin Ramsey - 62.3
John Bailey - 62.5
Andrew Beck - 62.5
Kenny Harden - 65.4
Darrin O'Neal - 66
Wink Fussell - 69.5
Tim Crooks - WD
Jason Peavy - 48.8
Tim Griffin - 52.3
Mac Russell - 53.4
George Sellers - 54.6
Cody Wesley - 54.8
Lonzo Ingram - 55.8
Bobby Ginn - 56.4
William Martin - 56.6
Jim Roberts - 56.7
Cliff Fanning - 57.6
Earl Washington - 59.7
David Brantley - 60.1
Eddie Stone - 65.1
Tim Patton - 66
Long Drive - Brian Dunn
Closest to hole:
Sherling #2 - Bob Foster
Sherling #4 - Glenn Criswell
Loblolly #4 - Eric Burkett
Loblolly #6 - Michael Cannon, Jr.