This past Saturday 11 teams gathered for the fourth annual Loris High School Future Farmers of America Scholarship Golf Tournament.
The tournament was hosted by Diamond Back Golf Club. The date of this tournament was moved three times because of the aftermath and damages from Hurricane Florence. This year’s attendance was down because of rescheduling the tournament and trying to coordinate with everyone’s schedules.
The tournament raises on an average of $7,000 to $9,000 each year. Agriculture teacher Nate Bellamy said this year’s collection would be around $9,000 which is down from last year’s tournament. The FFA presents $1,000 scholarships to students who are seniors and participates in the FFA program.
Former FFA members who have received these scholarships in previous years routinely come back to play in the tournament and support the program. The high school has approximately 250 students, some of which were there helping with every movement of this tournament.
Door prizes were donated from businesses all over Horry County and advisor Bellamy wanted to give a special thank you to Diamond Back Golf Club for the use of their facilities and to Bell and Bell Pontiac GMC for the vehicle that was donated to give a golfer a chance to win for scoring a hole in one. Along with door prizes there were 50/50 tickets and each player had breakfast and lunch provided.
There were 11 teams divided into two flights with winners being selected at the end of the day. The tournament also recognized a closest to the pin winner and the golfer who had the longest drive.
Winners for the first flight, first place were Mike Hough, Mike Whitworth, Jack Lee and Wendel Smith. First Fight, second place were Charlie Todd, Kyle Prince, Bernie Lowe and James Kratzer. Second Flight, first place were Carol Hodrick, Marty List and Eileen Greer. Second Flight, second place were Bill Ward, Mitchell Stevens, Mark Collins and Randis Hardee.
Advisor Bellamy would like to thank all who participated and a special thank you to the new Loris High School FFA advisor and agriculture teacher, Blair Hammonds. He looks forward to up coming events and being able to work with Mrs. Hammond for the betterment of the students in