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Annual golf tournament raises funds for hospital

Belle Meade Country Club held the 19th annual Ray Guy Golf Classic on Friday.

The tournament is named after Guy, a Thomson native who played football for Thomson High School and was later drafted by the Oakland Raiders, where he played for 13 seasons.

The tournament is held by the McDuffie Regional Medical Center Foundation, and proceeds will be used to support programs and services offered by the McDuffie Regional Medical Center.

"It's a beautiful day for the tournament," said Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry, who also played. "It's a bit windy, but nothing we can't handle, and the temperature is just perfect."

The tournament also included several additional events, including the Longest Drive Contest, the Closest to the Pin Contest, a Ball Drop Contest, and a Masters Basket Raffle.

The group of Tom Watson, Kevin Cobb, John Jackson and Mark Cooper finished first. The second-place group was David Jopling, Jamie Alfriend, Aaron Cobb and Bryan Corbitt. The group of Bubba Swan, Mark Lyons, Jaye Jones, and Sammy Sparkman finished third.

The Men's Longest Drive contest was won by Mark Bell, and the Women's Longest Drive was won by Holly Moody. The Closest to the Pin winners were Tommy Goodyear, Ralph Starling, Ben Blasingame and Russell Gilliam. The Putting Contest winners were Riley Stamey, first, Bobby Hildreth, second, and Chad Griffin, third. In the Ball Drop contest, David Jopling won $250, Bob Wills won $500, and Sonny Poss won $1,000.

According to event organizer Debbie Jones, the event raised more than $35,000 for MRMC.

Web posted on Thursday, April 21, 2011

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