By Wil Johnson
Messenger Reporter

ELKHART – On Saturday, June 9 local golfers were told to “tee it high and let it fly,” as the Grapeland Noon Lions Club hosted their 27th Annual Golf Classic at the Elkhart Golf Classic.

According to Lions Club Secretary Laura Walling, Lions Club members “… arrived at 6a.m. and began setting up and cooking breakfast for the golfers.”

Twelve teams of local players teed off starting at 8:30 a.m. They battled each other in friendly competition – long with the heat – over four hours for tournament bragging rights and some very nice prizes.

At the turn, the Lions had prepared hot dogs, hamburgers, cold drinks and a variety of snacks for the players. Once the last golfer came off the course, the winners were announced.

The Championship Flight was won by the team comprised of James Irvin, Brandon Bridges, Rick Frauenberger and Brayden Cheatham.

Second place in the flight went to Logan Luce, Travis Pratt, Chance Brooks and Tim Keen.

The First Flight was won by the team made up of Tom Keith, Cheney Boyd, Hannah Chipman and Mary Jane Watson. Watson also won a brand new driver at the tournament.

Second place in the flight went to the team comprised of Lesterson, Graham, Milnor and Williams.

The team of Jack Owens, Mike Goolsby, Mark Heidemann and Larry Lee won top honors in the second flight.

Second place in the flight was captured by the team of James Goodnight, Steve Butler, Billy Wells and Wayne Langham.

“The Lions Club also provided all sorts of prizes for which the players had purchased tickets for in several drawings. It was a wonderful time and we gratefully thank the approximately 110 sponsors who provided their support for the event,” Walling said.

A special thank you was extended to several sponsors who went above and beyond to make sure the event was as successful as it could be. Among these sponsors were: Cutshaw Chevrolet; Nucor; Golf Galaxy; Hocheim Prairie Insurance; Nicol Media Group; Grapeland Urgent Care; Academy Sports and Outdoors; and Darling Ingredients.

The Grapeland Noon Lions Club will use the proceeds from the event to continue its efforts in making the Grapeland and Houston County communities a better place to live.

Again, the clubs motto is “WE SERVE” and that we will…

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.