The Rainsville Chamber of Commerce held its annual Golf Tournament Scholarship Program last Saturday at the Rainsville Golf and Country Club.
2019 marked the 19th year this golf tournament has been held in Rainsville.
Sandy Goff, executive director of Rainsville Chamber of Commerce, said as a result of the sponsorships, the Rainsville Chamber will give $19,500 worth of scholarships.
“Last year we gave out 12 scholarships, but this year we can provide 13 scholarships,” she said.
“The chamber will give thirteen $1,500 scholarships at awards day in May of 2020 for a grand total of $117,100 allocated to scholarships since the first tournament in 2000,” Goff said.
According to Goff, last year’s tournament raised $18,000 toward scholarships that were awarded to recipients from Plainview High School and Cornerstone Christian Academy.
The growth of this scholarship program is due to the overwhelming support of the corporate, apparel, team and hole sponsors and the golfers.
This year’s 1st place winners of the $450 were Cody Hurley, Derrick Blevins, and Ryan Jones.
The 2ndd place winners were Trever Gibson, Trey Gibson, and Jody Higdon and the 3rd place winners were Bill Murphree, Greg Bowman, and Richard Murphrey.
The following is a list of individual winners:
Longest Putt – Arlan “Monk” Blevins
Closest to Guinea Tree – Rodney Hitchcock
Longest Drive – Mike Rowell
Closest to the pin – Anthony Horton
Goff said this was their “biggest year ever” with 23 teams participating in the golf tournament.
She said the Rainsville Chamber is “very appreciative” of their sponsor.
“As I tell them when I ask for a sponsorship, this is not just advertising, this is an investment and giving back to the students of our community,” said Goff.
Goff said they had 11 corporate and apparel sponsors and 77 hole sponsors.
The 2019 Golf Tournament Scholarship Program was sponsored by the following corporate and apparel:
• All Temp Windows (Kudzu Millworks)
• DeKalb County Development Commission
• City of Rainsville
• Farmers Telecommunications Coop.
• First State Bank
• Northeast Alabama Community College
• Zaxby’s in Fort Payne
• Bruce’s Foodland
• Rainsville Hardware
• Safe Solutions
Goff sends her thanks to Bobby Ledbetter of Twin City Auto for providing a BMW 328i for a hole in one on hole No. 6.
This year’s tournament saw donations from McDonald's, Chick-fil-A, Lil’James BBQ, Coke and Bruce’s Foodland.
“Jeff Williams of CPA Professionals, Inc. tallied all scores,” Goff said.
The participants also received a tournament T-shirt, hat and ball marker clips this year.
The hole sponsors
included the following:
Aaron Pendergrass Realty
Councilman Bejan Tahari
Berry & Dunn
Councilman Brandon Freeman
Carter’s Body Shop
DeKalb Farmers Coop
DeKalb County Sheriff
Dr. Jason Barnett
Dr. John Anderson
Dr. Marvin Barron
Dr. Phillip Fortner
Dr. Ricky Deerman
Dukes Body Shop
First Fidelity Bank
First Southern State Bank
Holiday Inn Express
Hunter Gilbert of Edward Jones
Jimmy Traylor Construction
MDA Professional Group
Mountain Valley News
Representative Nathaniel Ledbetter
NE Alabama Agri-Business
North Alabama Trophy
Patriots Lawn & Landscaping
Penny’s From Heaven
Rainsville Church of God
Rainsville Auto Glass
Rainsville Funeral Home
Councilman Ricky Byrum
Mayor Rodger Lingerfelt
S & S Wholesale
Sand Mountain Electric
Senator Steve Livingston
Thomas & Son Furniture
Vision Plus Eye Care
WinSouth Credit Union