Fort Rucker golfers 'Tee-Up 4 Kids'
Michael Hahn, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence branch chief, sends his ball toward the second hole of the day during the Tee-Up 4 Kids Golf Classic at SWGC Aug. 13. The charity event for the Boys and Girls Club raised about $5,000 for the organization.

FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Golfers from around the area came out to support the local Boys and Girls Club during the annual Tee-Up 4 Kids Golf Classic at Silver Wings Golf Course Aug. 13.

This year's three-man scramble tournament raised $5,000 for the charity organization, according to Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Alabama Executive Director Lonnie Groomes.

"We love having this tournament here," Groomes said. "The Fort Rucker community is always very supportive of our efforts and SWGC is a great course to play on."

Bill Tyner, Ronny Mobley and Jerry Parris' team took home the top prize, but they felt the real winners were the children.

"This is a great charity to raise money for and we always enjoy playing on this course," Tyner said. "There were some rough moments on a couple of holes, but we had a pretty good game."

There was only one winning team, but all participants took home a certificate from SWGC good for one round of golf, David Unsicker, SWGC business manager, said.

Players had several obstacles to overcome during the competition, including heavy thunderstorms that rolled in just as some teams were completing their first two holes.

Conditions on the course changed a bit after the rain ended, Tyner said. However, he said the team was able to overcome the difficulties.

"The water on the course really slowed the ball down," he said. "Putting got a lot harder after that."

Retired Maj. Gen. Lou Hennies helped organize the event and said he is always impressed with the level of participation and support from the installation and local communities.

"I can't say enough good things about the leadership here," Hennies said. "It's also great to see such a high level of interest from the surrounding communities."

Hennies said he hopes to see the tournament grow in the coming years and that teaming with other post organizations might be a good way to increase participation.

"We're really hoping to team with the Wounded Warrior program for (next year's tournament)," Hennies said. "We want to make this into a much larger event."

For more information on the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Alabama, call 445-0512. For more information on golf, contact SWGC at 598-2449.

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