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Local youth participate in recreation tourney

It's not a professional major, but the annual golf tournament Vaughn Hall organizes through the Thomson-McDuffie County Recreation Department is still important. For the children and parents involved, it is one of the biggest events of the year.

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From left, Tiffany Pate, Grace Blackmon-Hughes, Sarah Blackmon-Hughes, Brooke Wiley and Georgia McAlister walk down the fairway.

On June 28, nearly 40 boys and girls between the ages of nine and 16 gathered at Thomson Country Club for the tournament. Mr. Hall's grandson, Lance Cheely, helped him with the tournament and the golf program that he runs throughout the year.

"It's like a year-end finale for the golf program," Mr. Cheely said of the tournament, "so parents can see how their children have improved."

Mr. Hall said that the program has become a huge success since it began roughly six years ago. Now, there are always kids on a waiting list at the end of sign-up day. He is not alone in contributing to this success.

"The Recreation Department has done a good job with the golf program," Mr. Hall said. "And Belle Meade and Thomson Country Club have bent over backwards to make sure we gave the kids a good golf program."

While all the youngsters in the program have improved over the course of the last year, only two teams in each group could win.

In the younger boys division, Ashton Wiley, Price Simpkins, Carson Gurley and Tres Poss finished first, and Harrison Mohr, Mitch Langham, Nicholas Mann, and Zach Hilton finished second. Brett Alan Jenkins won the putting contest, and Zach Hilton won the longest drive competition.

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Garrett Mohr hits a shot over the pond.

In the girls division, Sarah Blackmon-Hughes, Grace Blackmon-Hughes, Tiffany Pate, Brooke Wiley and Georgia McAllister placed first, and Katelyn Carpenter, Miranda Barker, Kayla Duckworth, Mary Ashley Gibson, and Krista Hamilton were first runners-up. Krista Hamilton was the girls' putting champion and Sarah Blackmon-Hughes had the longest drive.

For the older boys, Chris Gerlach, Ryan Gerlach, Cordele Fite and Matthew Graziano finished first, and Matthew McEver, Adam Woods, Taylor Strode and Justin Wyler placed second. Adam Woods won the putting contest for the division, and Chris Gerlach was the longest drive champion.



Web posted on Thursday, July 7, 2005











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