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The 17th Annual Chick-fil-A Liberty University Athletics Golf Tournament Is A Big Hit

June 20, 2007
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Head Football Coach Danny Rocco poses on hole no. three with one of many groups participating in the 17th Annual Chick-fil-A Liberty University Athletics Golf Tournament.

Head Football Coach Danny Rocco poses on hole no. three with one of many groups participating in the 17th Annual Chick-fil-A Liberty University Athletics Golf Tournament.

The 17th Annual Chick-fil-A Liberty University Athletics Golf Tournament was successfully contested at London Downs Golf Club in Forest, Va., on June 15. A sold-out group of 120 golfers battled for prizes in four flights.
The winning team was captained by Brian Betham, owner of Universal T's and a tournament committee member. His team, which also included Ed Barnhouse, Jeremiah Collins and Erik Sorenson, won the tournament by shooting 20-under on the day. The second-place Liberty team of Jeff Barber, Louis Cambeletta, Robb Egel and Scott Wolf shot 15-under.

Skill prizes were awarded for longest putt, two longest drives and four closest to the pin on each par three. A hole-in-one prize was offered on hole three. The Mabry Automotive Group sponsored the hole-in-one and would have given the winner a choice of any car from any of its dealers priced at $25,000 or less if they successfully hit a hole-in-one. One of the prime prizes was a Chick-fil-A Odyssey two-ball putter valued at more than $175, which was won by Rich Frakes, who nailed a 15-foot putt on the 18th hole.

Four flights were awarded prizes on the day with a total of 11 team winners crowned. In addition, more than 45 golfers who purchased the mulligan package received door prizes supplied by Lynchburg area businesses, for such things as dinners at quality dining establishments, golf equipment, high-end men's jewelry and Liberty apparel. Every participant received a substantial gift bag which included a Liberty golf shirt and hat, tournament golf balls and other gifts, certificates and coupons supplied by sponsors.

Sponsorship support for the event was unsurpassed in previous events. Major sponsors included Chick-fil-A Wards Road (title), Panera Bread (presenting/practice tee), UBS Financial (ball), LU Bookstore (shirt), LU Dining (drinks), L.A. Communications (bag drop), Athletic Republic Sports Training (cart) and the Mabry Automotive Group (hole-in-one).

Proceeds from the Chick-fil-A Liberty University Athletics Golf Tournament are used to finance special projects within the athletics department. Proceeds from the 2006 tournament were used to install a points-fouls board at the Vines Center. Proceeds from the current tournament are expected to go toward a second points-fouls board being installed at the Vines Center as well as converting the scoreboard system in the arena to fully wireless.

The date for the 18th Annual Chick-fil-A Liberty University Athletics Golf Tournament has been tentatively set for June 13, 2008.

Participant Comments:

"This was a great day…well organized, well sponsored, very fun."

"The staff was friendly and helpful."

"This was the best run tournament I have participated in."

"Very well organized…vendor support was very friendly…the course was in great shape."

"Every aspect was positive…very enjoyable experience…plenty of refreshments."

"The gift bag was unbelievable! A shirt, hat, balls, water bottle and more and more - I can't remember being treated this well before at a tournament."

Tournament Committee
Leanne Long – Tournament Director
Kevin Keys – Tournament Administrator
Heather Mitchell – Tournament Administrator
Bob Good – Executive Director of Flames Club

Brian Betham – Universal T's
Brandon Blankinship – Harris Office Furniture
Tim Hill – Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Roy Jones – LU Director of Development
Josh Oppenheimer – Prototype Advertising
Josh Stamm – UBS Financial

Title Sponsor
Chick-fil-A @ Wards Road

Presenting Sponsor
Panera Bread

Major Sponsors
Athletic Republic Sports Training
L.A. Communications
LU Bookstore
LU Dining
Mabry Automotive Group
UBS Financial

Domino's Pizza
Harris Office Furniture
Home Towne Mortgage
Lynchburg News & Advance
McBride Signs
Morgantown Printing & Binding
Sonic Drive-In
TPS Displays
Universal T's

Tee-Fairway Sponsors
AARCO Plumbing
Athletic Republic Sports Training
Chick-fil-A Wards Road
Domino's Pizza
Harris Office Furniture
Home Towne Mortgage
L.A. Communications
LU Bookstore
Lynchburg News & Advance
Mabry Automotive Group
Morgantown Printing
Panera Bread
Seckman Printing
Sonic Drive-In
Sperry Van Ness
Taco Bell
TPS Displays
UBS Financial
Universal T's
Wachovia Securities
Wingate Inn

Green Sponsors
Arctic Spray
Chick-fil-A Wards Road
Flames Club
Kidz Jump
Kodiak Shredding
L.A. Communications
Licensing Resource Group
LU Dining
Lynchburg Hillcats
Mabry Automotive Group
McBride Signs
Morgantown Printing & Binding
Sale Golf Carts
Seckman Printing
Sperry Van Ness
Sundae Grill
Thompson Insurance
Virginia Sports Report

Sam Addison
Brooks Andrews
Angie Arthur
Don Ash
Jeff Barber
Joe Barney
Ed Barnhouse
Edward Bauchou
Zack Bauchou
Anthony Beckles
Brian Betham
Brandon Blankinship
Steve Blickenstaff
Steve Blosser
Bill Booker
Randy Bower
Ron Boyer
Ryan Bromley
Tony Brown
Scott Bullman
Chris Burnley
Louis Cambeletta
Shawn Casto
Mark Chafin
Daryl Collins
Jeremiah Collins
Jack Cope
Gary Crouch
Bill Crowder
Dave Crowder
Rob Crowder
Mickey Dale
Mike Dalton
Willis Dalton
Joe Davis
Peter Davis
Ryan Driskill
Byron Edwards
Robb Egel
Bryan Evans
Gus Extrom
Paul Fallon
Dan Foss
Rich Frakes
C.J. Franzelas
Chip Garcia
Leo George Jr.
Leo George III
Marty Gibson
Jerry Godsey
Tyler Godsey
Bob Good
Rusty Goodwin
Carey Green
Bill Gribbin
Steve Griffin
Dan Grooms
John Gunnoe
Lee Hall
Michael Heck
Paul Heckman
Dave Hill
Mark Ivey
Adam Jackson
Chris Johnson
Jim Jordan
Ron Justice
Kevin Kendrick
Kyle Kimball
Stephen Kostoff
Mike Lewis
Jay Lontz
Chris Mabry
Steve Marts
Mike McCabe
Ben McGehee
Chris McSwain
Bob Miller
Earl Mills
Sammy Mitchell
Kat Mobley
Barry Moore
Mickey Moore
Todd Moore
Bill Mullen
Len Murtha
Dewey Oakes
Steve Peterson
Shane Pinder
John Poole
Rick Postle
Dave Provost
Doug Pugh
Mark Rash
Kevin Rawls
Troy Reimer
Scott Roberts
Jeff Rogers
Grant Rost
Rich Roth
Neville Rowland
Daniel Ruberg
Gary Ruberg
Brian Schenault
Jason Schonfelder
Neal Sears
Erik Sorenson
Jesse Stephens
Brandon Streeter
Franklin Swan
Dan Taylor
John Thompson
Matt Thornton
Joe Unrue
Brian Webb
Stephen Willis
Danny Wilson
Chad Wilt
Scott Wolf
Brandson Woodard