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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

LINKS FOR LEARNING RAISES OVER $14,000 FOR UACCM FOUNDATION

This year’s sixth annual Links for Learning Golf Tournament fundraiser for the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton (UACCM) Foundation was a huge success. A field of nearly 120 golfers gathered at the Morrilton Country Club on a beautiful sunny day to compete in the three-person scramble tournament that helped raise over $14,000 in proceeds for the UACCM Foundation. Along with the tournament, the participants were given an opportunity to show their golf skills with Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, and Putting Contests. Throughout the day, teams were treated to limitless refreshments, door prizes, and all the BBQ they could eat. Once the teams had finished playing and the scores were being calculated, the tournament’s finale took place. The “Golf Ball Drop” consisted of hundreds of numbered golf balls being poured down from the bucket of Morrilton Fire Department’s snorkel truck that was positioned nearly fifty feet in the air above a hole near the putting green. The owner of the ticket number matching the number of the ball that landed closest to the hole won the largest prize of the day, $1000 cash. A second prize of $50 was given to the person’s ball that landed the furthest from the hole. Defying the odds, Mark Stobaugh won the $1000 prize for the second year in a row. UACCM’s Director of Marking and Public Relations, Mary Clark was the winner of the $50 ‘Farthest from the Hole’ prize after her golf ball managed to bounce and roll it’s way almost a hundred feet from the hole.

The winners of the sixth annual Links For Learning Golf Tournament were:

First flight
  • First place, Specialty Rental 2 (Nick Wooten, Kavin Gatlin, and David Osburn)
  • Second place, Farmers and Merchants Bank (Thomas Akin, George Jones, and Greg Connell)
  • Third place, ARVEST 1 (Randy Loyd, Todd Smith, and Nelson Ennis)
Second flight
  • First place, DeSoto Drilling (Chuck Lovelace, Mike Goutier, and Jack Hamm)
  • Second place, ARVEST 2 (Sherry Tanner, Donna Parks, and Stephanie Wofford)
  • Third place, Green Bay Packaging (Jeff Gregerson, Will Sams, and Gary Sams)
Third flight
  • First place, Energy Weldfab (Johnny Rogers, Rex Murdock, and Mike Clements)
  • Second place, Bell Supply 1 (Jeff Cheatham, Ricky Winberry, and John Duke)
  • Third place, Crafton Tull 3 (Cliff Gregory, Brad Russell, and Mike Burgess)

“We couldn’t have asked for a better day for our foundation golf tournament!” stated UACCM Development Officer, Morgan Zimmerman. “The weather was beautiful, we had an excellent turnout, and the food was awesome! Of course, none of it would have been possible if it weren’t for the outstanding support of the area businesses and individuals who made contributions and volunteered their time to help with the tournament.”

Southwestern Energy Company served as the tournament’s $3,500 Platinum Sponsor. Crafton Tull & Associates were $2,000 Gold Sponsors. Farmers and Merchants Bank provided all of the food for the tournament, which qualified them as a $1,000 Tournament level sponsor. The event had nine $500 Team Sponsors: Benchmark Title Company, DeSoto Drilling, Maus Implement Company, Mobley Construction Company, Inc., Nabholz Construction, NESCO Field Services, LLC, Petit Jean Meats, Petit Jean State Bank, and Regions Bank. Numerous donors pledged $100 as Hole Sponsors: Allison Ford Company, Inc., American Realty, ARVEST Bank, Blue Diamond Café, Fred’s, Hagans Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep, Health Care Pharmacy, Koontz Electric Company, Liberty Bank of Arkansas, McDonald’s of Morrilton, Mike and Susie Dunaway, Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce, Price Flying Service, Steve and Rhonda Trowbridge, The Kid’s Depot, Tobacco Corner Plus, and Winthrop Rockefeller Institute. Beverages were provided to the tournament by Coca-Cola. Maus Implement sponsored the prize of a brand new John Deere Riding Lawn Mower for the Hole-in-One contest.

For more information concerning the Links for Learning Golf Tournament, please contact Morgan Zimmerman at 501-977-2085 or Zimmerman@uaccm.edu. Pictures from the event can be viewed from the UACCM website at www.uaccm.edu.

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