This year marked the 7th annual Sam Hoard Memorial Golf Tournament. This year it was hosted at the beautiful Celebration Golf Club. Early Saturday morning some 40 golfers arrived on the front lawn of the clubhouse. After a quick breakfast and devotion by Dr. Brockberg, each foursome went to their perspective holes and started their rounds.
The format for this year's tournament was a scramble format, where the players or designated team captain decide after each shot which is the best shot. Each player on the team then plays their next shot from that spot; within one club length no closer to the hole. The group then plays this way until the ball is holed out. The group takes a score at the end of each hole based on the single best shots from each position on that hole.
So, no matter what level of golfer you are, beginner or PGA pro, you could still contribute to the team and have a blast out on the course.
"Sam was never good at golf. He was admittedly bad. What he loved was the social activity. He loved meeting new people and talking to them. That's what makes this tournament so special. You get to meet new people and talk to them, all around a good cause."- Ms. Mary Jo Hoard.
Over the course of the morning, the golfers enjoyed healthy competition and fun. This was evident through the smiling, laughter, and occasional teasing that comes along with golf outings. Everyone had the opportunity to participate in mini games throughout the round. Everything from a long-drive competition, to chipping a ball into a hula-hoop tested players abilities. All for the price of a raffle ticket and a chance to win even more prizes from Dixon Golf. Everyone was having fun.
A post-round banquet was held for all of the participants. Winners for the "longest drive", "longest putt", and "closest to the pin" competitions were announced. Between burgers and hot-dogs Mark Brink and Mike Miessler, with the help of a lovely assistant, drew tickets for the many donated prizes that range from bottles of wine and goodie bags to a smart TV and golf outings to area golf courses.
At the end of the day fun was had by all, money was raised for Trinity's Athletic Department, and everyone walked away with smiles.