PHILIPPI — The Buckhannon-Upshur baseball team and the American Legion Post 7 baseball team held their first inaugural fundraising golf tournament on Oct. 24 at the Barbour County Country Club.
A beautiful fall week in late October culminated with a drizzly and cool day for golfers coming together to support the two baseball teams.
“That abrupt change in weather was just one obstacle that faced the golfers” said Kevin Boring, American Legion Post 7 manager. “The other was a wonderfully maintained and challenging course laid out by the staff at Barbour County Country Club. I can't say enough about the fine folks at the Barbour Country Club led by Mark Cunningham. The transformation of that golf course is truly amazing over the past year. Mark and his staff were so receptive to the idea of our tournament and were so welcoming and really attended to all the details to make our day memorable. This event all came together in four weeks of planning and for our first try at a fundraising golf event, it was a huge success. We are excited to have more time to plan an even greater event for next year.
“We sold the event out which is a testimony to all of our boosters, players and coaches who worked so hard spreading the word, as well as our friends in Barbour County who came out to support us. There were 13 teams each with four players that competed, and all had an enjoyable day of golf and fellowship.”
“We also had generous and supportive sponsors including: Paramount Construction Company WV, Wendling's, Heiner's, Gassaway Physical Therapy, Domino's Pizza, Freedom Bank, Buckhannon Toyota, Hardee's, Freedom Homes, BAM Construction, Diamond Dealers, Freedom Bank, Sam's Pizza, State Farm Insurance, Ron Hurst Custom Homes, Moose, Septic Solutions, Fisher Auto, Quality Home and Office Cleaning, Stonewall Jackson Resort Golf Course, Holly Meadows Golf Course, Barbour County Country Club, Loudin insurance, Erie Insurance, Casey Earl's, Rich Calef, Mary Tenney, Sara Riffle, Sue Boring, Nancy Sears, Patty and Todd Tenney.”
The first-place team was Greg Zimmerman, Adam Ware, Zach Musgrive and Lucas Ware (each won a round at Stonewall Jackson Resort Golf Course). The second-place team was Josh Frazier, Nate Frazier, Landon Perry and Thomas Hogan (each won a round of golf at Holly Meadows Golf Course). The third-place team was Steve Hollen, Jerry Mckisic, Doug Garrett and Bobby Russell (each won a round of golf at Barbour County Country Club).
The longest drive went to Josh Musgrove; the longest putt and closest to the pin was earned by Bill Bennett. Each won four pizzas provided by Domino's Pizza. Randy Wagoner won the 50/50 and donated his half back to the event.
“I want to give a special thank you to Tommy Hamer for his organization and work to make this a success,” concluded Boring. “Thank you again to all of the sponsors and players - your generosity is truly appreciated.”