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Liberty Holds Successful 23rd Annual Athletics Golf Tournament

July 4, 2013
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The 23rd Annual Ford Mays Liberty University Athletics Golf Tournament was successfully contested at London Downs Golf Club in Forest, Va., on June 28. The event had been rescheduled from June 7 due to inclement weather. A total of 208 golfers battled for prizes in morning and afternoon flights. There were 24 teams that played in the morning and 28 in the afternoon, which was sold out.

The winning team was captained by Bill Robertson. He was partnered with Bradley Robertson, Warren Otey and Brad Cassidy. Their team carded a 48 (24-under par).

The second-place team (55) from Carter Bank & Trust was captained by Ernest Carter and included Steve Smith, Wright Garrett and Doug Kendrick. 

The third-place team (56) was led by the co-founder of Liberty University, Elmer Towns, and included Phil Ayers, Steve Wingfield and David Benoit.  All four top flight winners came from the afternoon flight.
Skill prizes were awarded for two longest putts, one longest/straightest drive, four longest drives on each par five and four closest to the pins on each par three.

Four flights were awarded prizes on the day with a total of 12 team winners crowned. In addition, more than 50 golfers received door prizes (supplied by Lynchburg area businesses) for such things as dinners at quality dining establishments, golf equipment, hotel packages and Liberty apparel. Every participant received a substantial gift bag which included a Liberty golf polo, tournament golf balls, gift certificates and coupons supplied by sponsors.

Sponsorship support for this event continues to grow each year. Major sponsors included Ford Mays Wealth Management (title), Panera Bread (driving range), Blackboard (driving range), McGraw-Hill (ball), LU Bookstore (shirt), SLAIT Consulting (putting green), Athletic Republic (putting green), ServPro (hole-in-one), Flowers Baking Company-Lynchburg (bag drop), Sonny Merryman (gift), Glass & Associates (gift), Centra Health (cart sponsors), and Pepsi (drinks).

Proceeds from the Ford Mays Liberty University Athletics Golf Tournament are used to finance special projects within the athletics department. Proceeds from the 2006 and 2007 tournaments were used to install two points-fouls boards at the Vines Center. Proceeds from the 2008 tournament went toward the conversion of the scoreboard system in the arena to fully wireless and the 2009 funds helped purchase the 38-foot floor video board at the Vines Center. Proceeds from 2010 and 2011 helped with the Osborne Stadium video board.

The date for the 24th Annual Liberty University Athletics Golf Tournament has been tentatively set for June 6, 2014.

2013 Tournament Winners:
First Flight, First Place (48): Bill Robertson, Bradley Robertson, Warren Otey, Brad Cassidy
First Flight, Second Place (55): Ernest Carter, Steve Smith, Wright Garrett, Doug Kendrick
First Flight, Third Place (56): Elmer Towns, Phil Ayers, Steve Wingfield, David Benoit
First Flight, Fourth Place (56): Jim Whitehead, Matt Holley, Marty Chandler, Clayton Forren
Second Flight, First Place (59): Clay Bullock, Mark Humphrey, Mike Crowder, John Gunnoe
Second Flight, Second Place (59): Greg Fanklin, Mike Mays, Chad Seals, Jeff Cohen
Second Flight, Third Place (60): David Harper, Mike Mann, Steve Griffin, Scott Stanley
Third Flight, First Place (65): Dan Griles, Dale Ennis, Brad Campbell, Chris Hara
Third Flight, Second Place (65): Brandon Evans, Mark Shephard, Tommy Ross, Jeff Witt
Third Flight, Third Place (65): Sam Berryhill, Nick Baker, Mark Sette, Robie Harris
Fourth Flight, First Place (70): Bill Parker, Vida Parker, David Mueller, Anthony Luck
Fourth Flight, Second Place (70): Edgard Luz, Jared Lilly, Steve Vaughan, David Diamond

Previous Winners
2012: Bill Robertson, William Robertson, Warren Otey, John Thompson
2011: Elmer Towns, Phil Ayers, Joey Phillips, Austin Inman
2010: Universal T's – Brian Betham, Ed Barnhouse, Jeremiah Colling, Jeff Alder
2009: Mail America: Gerald Basham, Phil Ore, Stanley Ore, Mickey Moore
2008: Home Towne Mortgage – Danny Wilson, Ron Boyer, Frank Landrey, Zach Bauchou
2007: Universal T's – Brian Betham, Ed Barnhouse, Jeremiah Colling, Erik Sorenson
2006: Frank Landrey, Jim Shaner, Russell Tyree, Jim Borland

Tournament Committee
Kevin Keys – Tournament Administrator
Jamie Keys – Tournament Director
Brett Metcalf – Tournament Director
Dan Adams – Tournament Director
Nathan Eller – Tournament Director
Jesse Stephens – Ford Mays Wealth Management
Joe Byron – Moore's Electrical & Mechanical
Cynthia Harold – LU Bookstore
Brandon Blankenship – Harris Office Furniture
Tim Hill – Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Brian Betham – Universal T's
Bob Good – Assistant AD for Development, Flames Club Executive Director
Mike Minyard – Associate AD for Sales and Promotions
Joe Rixon- Assistant Director of Ticket Operations

Title Sponsor
Ford Mays Wealth Management

Major Sponsors
Athletic Republic
Blackboard
Centra Health
Flowers Baking Company-Lynchburg
Glass & Associates
LU Bookstore/Barnes & Noble
McGraw-Hill
Panera Bread
Pepsi
ServPro
SLAIT Consulting
Sonney Merryman

Sponsors
Bojangles
Branch & Associates, Inc.
Carter Bank & Trust
Domino's Pizza
EMC Corporation
English Construction
Hajoca Corporation
Harris Office Furniture
Lawrence Perry & Associates
Liberty Mountain Conference Center
LU Alumni Relations
McBride Sign Company
Moore's Electrical & Mechanical
Morgantown Printing
TBL Networks
Universal T's
VEC/Cooper B-Line
VEC/Panduit
WSET-TV ABC 13

Tee-Fairway Sponsors
Athletic Republic
Blackboard
Bojangles
Branch & Associates, Inc.
Carter Bank & Trust
Centra Health
Domino's Pizza
EMC Corporation
English Construction
Flowers Baking Company-Lynchburg
Ford Mays Wealth Management
Glass & Associates
Hajoca Corporation
Harris Office Furniture
Lawrence Perry & Associates
Liberty Mountain Conference Center
LU Alumni Relations
LU Bookstore/Barnes & Noble
McBride Sign Company
McGraw-Hill
Morgantown Printing
Moore's Electrical & Mechanical
Panera Bread
Pepsi
Sale Golf Cars
ServPro
SLAIT Consulting
Sonny Merryman
TBL Networks
United Rentals
Universal T's
VEC/Cooper B-Line
VEC/Panduit
Wingate
WSET-TV ABC 13
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Green Sponsors
Aruba
Carpet Land USA
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Flames Club
Licensing Resource Group
Lynchburg Hillcats
Lynchburg Ready Mix Concrete
Virginia Electronic Components

Skill Prize Sponsors
Flames Club
Liberty Flames
Liberty Flames Basketball
LU Bookstore/Barnes & Noble
Macado's
Pepsi
RGE Manufacturing

Flight Prize Sponsors
London Downs Golf Club
Liberty Athletics
Ashley Plantation Golf Club
Wal-Mart
Westlake Golf & CC
Macado's
Ivy Hills Golf Club
Carol's Place
AMF Lynchburg Lanes
Mariners Landing Golf & CC
Taco Bell
Hat Creek Golf Course
Subway
Liberty Mountain SnowFlex
Lynchburg Hillcats

Door Prize Sponsors
Liberty Athletics
Liberty Mountain SnowFlex
Colonial Hills Golf Course
Big South Conference
Wasabi
Buffalo Wild Wings
Liberty Bookstore
Golden Corral
Kirkley Hotel
Hibachi Buffet
Cinemark Movies 10
AMF Lynchburg Lanes
Texas Roadhouse
Nike
Taco Bell
Lynchburg Hillcats
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Benjamin's
Lil Cucci's
Charley's
Lifeway Christian Bookstore

Gift Bag Contributors
Liberty Flames Athletics
Carter Bank & Trust
Harris Office Furniture
Branch & Associates
Carpetland U.S.A.
Sonny Merryman
Taco Bell
Hajoca Corporation
Jersey Mike's
United Rentals
Athletic Republic
Herff Jones
Virginia Electronic Compnents
Universal T's
Club Colors
McGraw-Hill
Sayre

Team Sponsors
AA Self Storage
Athletic Republic
Blackboard
Bojangles
Branch & Associates, Inc.
Carter Bank and Trust
Carter Bank  & Trust
Centra Health
Chick-fil-A Wards Road & River Ridge Mall
Domino's Pizza
EMC Corporation
English Construction
FedEx
Ferguson Enterprises
Flowers Baking Co., Lynchburg
Ford Mays Wealth Management
Glass & Associates
Hajoca Corporation
Harris Office Furniture
Huff, Stuart & Carlton
Intelligent Access Systems
Lawrence Perry & Associates
Liberty Mountain Conference Center
Licensing Resource Group
LU Alumni Relations
LU Bookstore/Barnes & Noble
LU Marketing
McBride Sign Company
McGraw-Hill
Moore's Electrical & Mechanical
Morgantown Printing
Panera Bread
Pepsi
Salem Web Network
ServPro
SLAIT Consulting
Sonny Merryman
Southern Refrigeration
TBL Networks
Trane
United Rentals
Universal T's
Valley Bank
VEC/Cooper B-Line
VEC/Panduit
Whitlock
WSET-TV ABC 13
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Participants
Jeff Alder
Jeff Alder
Kelly Alderman
Connie Allison
Chris Anderson
Matt Anthony
Joe Ash
Ben Ash
Don Ash
Alan Askew
Caleb Atkins
Phil Ayers ($125)
Nick Baker
Justin Ballengee
Brad Barber
Jeff Barber
John Bathe
Kris Becraft
Scott Beebe
Joel Bengds
Jim Bennett
David Benoit ($125)
Sam Berryhill
Brian Betham
Brandon Blankenship
Jeff Boyer
Steve Brisson
Jon Britton
Jeff Brock
Chris Bruck
Clay Bulock
Tom Butler
Joe Byron
Jay Calvo
Brad Campbell
Ernest Carter
Ernest Carter
Brad Cassidy
Marty Chandler
Earl Clarke
Brett Clubb
Jeff Cohen
Joe Coleman
Kevin Corell
Andrea Cotuna
Scott Council
Stephen Crowder
Mike Crowder
Douglas Dalton
Judson Dalton
Kim Davis
Dan Deter
David Diamond
Shawn Duff
Chad Dunagan
Jaime English
Dale Ennis
Brian Eubank
Brandon Evans
Tyler Falwell
Ben Farmer
Pat Ferguson
Helen Ferneyhough
Eric Fletcher
Clayton Forren
Greg Franklin
Josh Frejosky
Wright Garrett
John Gauger
Steve Glass
Donnie Glass
Steve Glymph
Laverne Godshall ($125)
Ron Godwin
Bill Gribbin ($125)
Kevin Grice
Steve Griffin
Dan Griles
John Gunnoe
Tim Hahn
Mark Haley
Lee Hall
Steve Hamlett
Chris Hara
David Harper
Robie Harris
Tom Hinkley
Matt Holley
Ryan Holloway
Marc Hopkins
Tim Hubbard
Rick Hughes
Mark Humphrey
Tim Jackson
Brent Jenkins
Terry Johnston
Marc Jones
Steve Jones
George Kayes
Troy Keaton
Dave Keep
Doug Kendrick
Ron Kennedy
Vince Kline
Adam Kloza
Dale Layer
Robert Lee
Bob Lee
Richard Lee
Marcus Lilly
Jared Lilly
Josh Lindsey
Jim Long
Anthony Luck
Andy Lucy
Edgard Luz
Wendell Maddox
Mike Mann
Russell Mann
Bill Martin
Linda Mason
Brad Mauldin
Jason Maxey
Mike Mays
Mike McCabe
Johnny McFadden
Mike McFaden
Ben McGehee
Tim Mickles
Landon Moore
Phil Moore
Andy Moore
Eadie Moran
Jerry Morcom
Donnie Morcom
David Mueller
Jeremy Neiditch
Rob Nelson
Mark Norris
Russ Orison
Warren Otey
Bill Parker
Vida Parker
Anthony Pavia
David Pearson
Cameron Pearson
Jeff Perry
Bryan Petak
Steve Peterson
Mike Pogue
Danny Pollard
Jason Porter
Ray Porter
Tim Preusser
Mark Rash ($25)
Brian Rhodes
Josh Rice
Frank Richardson
Bill Robertson
Bradly Robertson
Tommy Ross
Chad Seals
Mark Sette
Larry Shackleton
Bradley Shackleton
Chip Shaffer
Zeke Shen
Mark Shephard
Jerry Skinner
Steve Smith
Steve Smith
Ian Smith
Sharon Smith
Mike Sparrer
Scott Spear
Justin Spier
Justin Spier
Wil Spires
KC Spiron
Bradley Spiron
Matthew Stanely
Scott Stanley
Tim Talley
Ken Taylor
Clay Teegarden
Tim Teegarden
Jason Thomas
Ben Thompson
Brian Touna
Elmer Towns ($125)
Wayne Tribble
Steve Vaughan
Bob Walker
Brian Wallace
Brian Wallace
Mark Watkins
Jimmy Watts
Ron Webb
Paul Wetmore
Jim Whitehead
Keith Whitten
Kirk Williams
Chris Wilson
Carter Wingfield
Steve Wingfield ($125)
Jeff Witt
Josh Zealand
Matt Zealand