Talk about a great time on the golf course.
The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame’s annual Springfield Celebrity Golf Classic presented by Great Southern Bank logged yet another successful year on Sunday and Monday at Highland Springs Country Club.
Roughly 70 golf teams competed and, for President and Executive Director Jerald Andrews and staff, it was great seeing old friends and businesses that support the Hall, which helps preserve sports history in our state.
And, now, for the winners:
The Federal Protection team of Troy Lutes, Allen Davis, Alan Mettemeyer and Janzen Ringo won the morning A flight with a 58.
The B Flight morning winning team belonged to White River Valley Electric’s group of John Bruns, Harry Vanderploeg, Chris Boedefeld and Nathan Burns. They shot a 63.
The Ramada Oasis team on the morning C Flight by firing a 66.
In other morning winners for players between 45 and 64, Jeff Rogler won the longest drive on No. 1, while Cookie Rice was the closest to the pin on No. 6; Jim Smith had the longest drive for players 65 and older on No. 7; Dustin Lee was the closest to the pin on No. 15; and Cameron Wells had the longest drive among players 44 and younger on No. 17.
Meanwhile, the Jack Henry & Associates team of Vance Sherard, Brant Callaway, Dave Braughton and Tim Fitzpatrick won the afternoon A Flight by firing a 57.
The team of Danny Downs, Jim Keltner, Bill Collison and Bill Smith won the afternoon B Flight with a 60.
Meanwhile, the team of Wes Curry, Auzzie Curry, Delvin Mitchell Jr., and Andrew Smith won the afternoon C Flight with a 65.
In afternoon winners, Mike Hamra had the longest drive among players 45 to 64 on No. 1, while Bill Bretall was closest to the pin on No. 6; Calvin Budd had the longest drive among players 65 and older on No. 7; John Coffman was closest to the pin on No. 15; and Drew Holden had the longest drive among players 44 and younger on No. 17.
We also had one golfer hit a hole in one. That honor went to Jim Kaczka, who was successful on No. 6.