TCMH Golf Tournament Deemed a Success

The Texas County Memorial Hospital Healthcare Foundation raised $9,200 at its third annual golf tournament Saturday at Oakwood Golf Course in Houston.

Forty-four teams participated in the 18-hole, two-person scramble. The tournament had tee times at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. with prizes awarded to the top three teams in four categories. Golfers had the opportunity to win $20,000 cash sponsored by Wachovia Securities.

Kim Shepard and Jeremy Wouldring shot a 60 to win the championship flight, followed by Derrick Shelton and Roger Tune at 61. Steve Pierce and Roger Tune also shot a 61 and finished third.

Gary Stroup and Lee Smith shot a 68 to win the A Flight, followed by Susan Hansen and Dr. Charles Mueller and Jeremy Clopton and David Taylor.

Winners of the B-Flight were Chan Crooker and Jeff Kennedy with a 75, followed by Sam Drysdale and Jeff Rice and Mike Robertson and Harlin Hutchison.

Christy Dieman and Chase Dieman won the C Flight with an 80, followed by Anthony Ogden and Rick Ogden and Sam Wilson and Chris Weaver.

Cash prizes and trophies were awarded to the winners.

Individual winners were: Pam Coffman, women’s longest drive; Kim Shepard, men’s longest drive and longest putt; Michael Reese, most accurate drive; Lee Smith, closest to the pin; and Jeremy Clopton, longest putt.

The TCMH Healthcare Foundation is the non-profit organizational arm of the hospital that develops relationships and financial resources to support the healthcare programs, projects and services of the hospital. A board of community leaders from across the county direct the TCMH Healthcare Foundation and the funds held by the foundation.

According to Jay Gentry, president of the TCMH Healthcare Foundation, the funds generated by the golf tournament will be used to fund scholarships for healthcare related educational fields.

“We filled all of the available team slots in the morning and afternoon rounds, and we received numerous sponsorships from individuals and businesses,” Gentry said, adding that a few late entry teams had to be turned away from the tournament.

Gentry noted that corporate sponsorships by Mercy Health Plans, UMB Bank, HMN Architects Inc., and J. E. Dunn Construction Company greatly aided the foundation in putting on a nice tournament for the participants. Gentry also thanked the numerous volunteers and the staff at Oakwood for their time and efforts on behalf of the Foundation’s tournament.

“Some of our winners also donated their winnings back to the foundation, something that we greatly appreciate,” Gentry said. “All of the money we receive for the foundation will remain in the county.

“Once again, this tournament has been very successful for the Healthcare Foundation.”

The TCMH Healthcare Foundation plans to hold the golf tournament fundraiser again in 2009.

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