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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Links For Learning 2012



This year’s seventh 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 114 golfers gathered at the Morrilton Country Club on a beautiful sunny day to compete in the three-person scramble tournament that helped raise over $20,000 in gross proceeds for the UACCM Foundation. UACCM Foundation President Doug Cahill noted, “It was a fantastic day for golf and we couldn’t have asked for a better turnout from UACCM’s supporters.” 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 courtesy of food sponsor Farmers & Merchants Bank and the culinary skills of Marlin Boyle. When 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. This year Rich Moellers was the winner of the $1000 prize and Judge Jimmy Hart was the winner of the $50 ‘Farthest from the Hole’ prize after his golf ball managed to bounce and roll its way almost a hundred feet from the hole. Hart later donated his winnings back to the UACCM Foundation.
The winners of the seventh annual Links For Learning Golf Tournament were:

First flight
First place, Steve Wofford, David Cahill, and Randy Henderson
Second place, Forum Energy Technologies Team: Cruz Bonds, Matt Leavell, Luke Shelton
Third place, Morrilton Packing Team: Jon Chadek, Adam Chadek, Paul Cree
Second flight
First place, Oil States Energy Services Team #2: Ronnie Hicks, Patrick Couch, Glenn Michel
Second place, Warehouse Distributing Team: Carl Hill, Dick Lewandowski, Jim Guinn
Third place, Southwestern Energy Team #3: Jon Swann, Mike Gallup, Matt Wells
Third flight
First place, Oil States Energy Services Team #1: Devin Grassmann, Rhett Simmons, Charles Rhudy.
Second place, Green Bay Packaging: Rick Coan, Johnny Garrett, Dana Mourot.
Third place, Lisa Gunderman, Mike Roberts, Christopher Quillin
Longest Drive
David Young
Closest to the Pin
Dick Lewandowski
Putting Contest
Brian Bunch

“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 six $500 Team Sponsors: Petit Jean Meats, Edward Jones Investments, Fennell Purifoy Architects, Hagans Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep, Mobley Concrete, and Petit Jean State Bank. Platinum, Gold, Tournament, and Team Sponsors all received a complementary hole sponsorship. Numerous other donors also pledged $100 as Hole Sponsors: American Realty, Inc., Annie Duvall, CPA, PA, Pamela Brownlee, UACCM Chancellor Dr. Larry Davis, Mike and Susie Dunaway, Galla Creek Country Club, Health-Care Pharmacy, Jeff Croswell for State Representative Campaign Fund, Johnson and Ruff, CPAs, Koontz Electric Company, Inc. Liberty Bank, Otto Lienhart Inc, Netherton Promotions, Oil States Energy Services, LLC, Price Flying Services, St. Vincent Morrilton, State Representative Tommy Thompson, Steve and Rhonda Trowbridge, and Bart Virden for District Judge Campaign Fund. 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. Entergy Arkansas, Forum Energy Technologies, Conway County Community Center, Mountain Ranch Country Club, and Winthrop Rockefeller Institute donated door prizes.

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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