Mountain Men/Women celebrate 10 years of golfing at Buckhannon Country Club

BUCKHANNON – A well-kept secret at the Buckhannon Country Club that had never received any publicity just turned 10 years old this summer.

A loose-knit group of golfers and friends called the Mountain Men/Women had a celebration of their 10-year anniversary in July and honored the man who started the group – Raymond Phillips.

The Mountain Men/Women meet at the country club every Monday and Friday to play their scramble round at 10 a.m.

Captains are chosen who then do a blind draw for their team.

Discs are blindly put into a can for who has the low score, high score, low putts, high putts, most eagles, birdies and pars and the most fives. At the end of play, the discs are drawn to see which team will win.

“This is so much fun,” remarked Mountain Men/Women golfer Bonnie Hardman who was also on the surprise committee to honor Phillips. “The idea for this celebration was to have as many golfers attend as possible and we had 32, our largest group ever.

Hardman said fellow golfer David Bosely came up with the idea for the celebration party.

“The group wanted to show Raymond our appreciation for his brainstorming of an idea all those years ago,” said Hardman.

The group had a pizza party and decorated a cake in his honor. A wall-hanging and hanger was made and presented to Phillips by Tim and Sandra Lancaster.

During the actual play, Kenny Tenney’s team of Delbert Riley, Bob Withers and Hardman took first place while second place went to Charlie Jenkins’ team of Phillips, Mary Jenkins and Ellenor Withers.

“Everyone had a great time and Raymond sure was surprised,” concluded Hardman.

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