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Harmony golf scramble honors McElroy

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By Claude Lewis

The sixth annual golf tournament benefitting the Harmony Pregnancy and Resource Center took place at the Chiefland Golf and County Club.

This year's tournament was dedicated to the memory of Paul McElroy, a big supporter of the center and an avid golfer.

McElroy widely promoted the annual event during the six years of its existence, but he passed away just one week prior to the tournament.

The scramble was generously supported by area businesses, who provided hole sponsorships as well as gift donations for door prizes.

"Without all these great people, along with 24 teams of golfers, we would not have had such a successful event," said HPRC director Linda Lemery. "We had golfers travel from as far as Alabama and South Carolina. The tournament just gets better every year.

The tournament was held on Armed Forces Day and a patriotic theme ruled.

First place with a score of 60 was recorded by the team of Matt Tyson, James Goins and Kyle Pendarvis. Second place at 65 was the team of Doug King, Matt Munksgard and Robert Hinds. Third place with a 67 were Bill Wade, Bud Long and Jim McConnell.

Novelty winners included Robert Hinds for longest drive, Steve Garnett for straightest drive, Dan Garnett for closest to the pin and Jeff Edison for longest putt.

Volunteer organizers for the scramble were Rodney Wade, Kent Wellborn and McElroy.

Jerry Quincey prepared the barbecue for the luncheon. Women and youth of First Baptist Church of Chiefland prepared and served the side dishes.

"We are vert grateful to those who have supported us through the tournament,"Lemery said. "The funds that have been raised enable us to continue to provide services for those with unplanned pregnancies, provide education about pregnancy and heighten awareness of healthy lifestyles and relationships."