Head men's basketball coach Ritchie McKay poses with tournament winner Home Town Mortgage. The winning squad was captained by Danny Wilson and included Ron Boyer, Frank Landrey and Zach Bauchou.
The 18th Annual Chick-fil-A Liberty University Athletics Golf Tournament was successfully contested at London Downs Golf Club in Forest, Va., on June 13. A record group of 161 golfers battled for prizes in four flights. The demand for playing spots resulted in the available afternoon slots being filled more than five weeks prior to the tournament date. Due to the demand, a morning flight was added to the festivities. Eleven teams played early, which allowed for the all-time record number of golfers to participate. The winning team was captained by Danny Wilson, owner of Home Towne Mortgage and a regular Flames Athletics sponsor. His team, which also included Ron Boyer, former Liberty golf coach Frank Landrey and 11-year-old Zach Bauchou, who is a, age-group ranked golfer. This team won the tournament by shooting 21-under on the day. The second a third-place teams were sponsored by Universal T's. The team of Jesse Stephens, John Bathe, John Simmons and Tim Hahn turned in a round of 20-under to capture second; Brian Betham, Ed Barnhouse, Jeremiah Colling and LU soccer coach Jeff Alder placed third with a 19-under score. Skill prizes were awarded for longest putt, four longest drives and four closest to the pin on each par three. Hole-in-one prizes were offered on every par three. The Mabry Automotive Group sponsored all of the holes-in-one and would have given the winner on number three a choice of any car from any of its dealers priced at $25,000 or less if they successfully hit a hole-in-one. Four flights were awarded prizes on the day with a total of 11 team winners crowned. In addition, more than 65 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, hotel packages 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), Merrill Lynch-Lynchburg (ball), LU Bookstore (shirt), Universal T's (hat), LU Dining (drinks), L.A. Communications (bag drop), Patrick Henry Plantation (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 and 2007 tournaments were used to install two points-fouls boards at the Vines Center. Proceeds from the current tournament are expected to go toward the conversion of the scoreboard system in the arena to fully wireless. A special administrative athletics internship will also be funded each year from tournament proceeds. The date for the 19th Annual Chick-fil-A Liberty University Athletics Golf Tournament has been tentatively set for June 12, 2009.
Participant Comments: "The gift bag was unbelievable! A shirt, hat, towel, golf balls, water bottle and more and more - I can't remember being treated this well before at a tournament." "Great organization; everything was real smooth." "Everyone involved was super nice! Wonderful event!" "Everyone was very nice and genuinely cared about if you were in good shape or needed anything. Good food, friendly people, well fed, drinks, etc" "It was a great environment and the course was in great shape!" "Fellowship, business discussions, golf course, staff support, gifts and prizes, quality sponsors, food and drinks .. unbelievable experience!" "Had fun and the pro helped me fix my slice" "The staff was very friendly and helpful." "This was the best run tournament I have participated in." Tournament Committee Ryan Powell – Tournament Director Kevin Keys – Tournament Administrator Bob Good – Executive Director of Flames Club Anna Whitehurst – Assistant AD-Ticketing Brian Betham – Universal T's Brandon Blankinship – Harris Office Furniture Tim Hill – Fellowship of Christian Athletes Roy Jones – LU Director of Development Barry Moore – Vice President of University Relations Josh Oppenheimer – Prototype Advertising Josh Stamm – Merrill Lynch of Lynchburg Title Sponsor Chick-fil-A @ Wards Road Presenting Sponsor Panera Bread Major Sponsors L.A. Communications LU Bookstore LU Dining Mabry Automotive Group Merrill Lynch of Lynchburg Patrick Henry Plantation Sponsors Domino's Pizza Harris Office Furniture Home Towne Mortgage McBride Signs Morgantown Printing Seckman Printing Sonic Drive-In Thompson Insurance TPS Displays Universal T's Tee-Fairway Sponsors AdZig Promotions America Direct Chick-fil-A Wards Road Domino's Pizza Harris Office Furniture Kirkley Hotel L.A. Communications LU Bookstore Mabry Automotive Group Merrill Lynch of Lynchburg Morgantown Printing Panera Bread Patrick Henry Plantation Seckman Printing Sonic Drive-In Taco Bell TPS Displays Universal T's Wachovia Securities Wingate Inn Green Sponsors Arctic Spray Athletic Republic Sports Training BMS Direct Chick-fil-A Wards Road Fellowship of Christian Athletes Flames Club Home Towne Mortgage Kirkley Hotel L.A. Communications Licensing Resource Group Light Medical LU Dining Lynchburg Hillcats Mabry Automotive Group McBride Signs Morgantown Printing Patrick Henry Plantation Sale Golf Carts Seckman Printing Select Bank Thompson Insurance TRS Direct Waldon Pond Skill Prize Sponsors Bowen Jewelers Crown Sterling Federal Express Fink's Jewelers Kirkley Hotel Mabry Automotive Group Universal T's Flight Prize Sponsors Big South Conference Chick-fil-A Crown Sterling Domino's Pizza Draper Valley GC Famous Anthony's Ham's Restaurant Hanging Rock Golf Club IHOP Lahaye Student Center London Downs GC Mariner's Landing GC Mo's Southwest Grill Spring House Taco Bell Texas Roadhouse Texas Steakhouse Westlake Golf & Country Club Door Prize Sponsors Bob Evans Bulls Steakhouse Charley's Restaurant China Royal Country Kitchen Craddock Terry Hotel Depot Grille Domino's Pizza Fellowship of Christian Athletes Fiesta Tapatia Gabriel's Gifts Ham's Restaurant Liberty University Ledo Pizza Lil Cucci's Pizzeria Logan's Roadhouse Lynchburg Hillcats Meriwether's Restaurant Mo's Southwest Grill Red Lobster Ruby Tuesday Taco Bell Texas Steakhouse Universal T's Gift Bag Contributors Athletic Republic Sports Training BMS Direct Chick-Fil-A Domino's Pizza Flames Club Flames Kids Club Kirkley Hotel LU Bookstore LU Resident Recruitment Lynchburg Hillcats Merrill Lynch-Lynchburg Patrick Henry Plantation Prototype Advertising/Arctic Spray Sonic Drive-In Taco Bell Universal T's Walden Pond Texas Roadhouse Participants Jeff Alder Jim Alexander Matthew Anthony Don Ash Joseph Ash Dr. Phil Ayers Joe Barney Ed Barnhouse Jonathan Bathe Anthony Beckles Scott Beebe Justin Bellengin Bobby Bennett Tim Bennett Brian Betham Charles Billingsley Ron Blackwood Brandon Blankinship Steve Blickenstaff Steve Blosser Jeff Boettger Zach Bouchou Ron Boyer Tony Brocen Lindy Bryant Travis Bryant Chris Burnley Jason Captain Dennis Carter Earnest Carter RB Carter Brad Cassidy Mark Chafin Joey Chapman Kenneth Cobbs Mike Coleman Jeremiah Colling Bob Compton A.C. Cooper Tracy Cooper Jack Cope Bill Crowder Dave Crowder Rob Crowder Matt Deloach Allen Eaker Jason Eaker Todd Eaker Daryl Edwards Grayson Edwards Mark Edwards Robb Egel Bryan Evans Gus Extrom Jonathan Falwell Don Fanning Chuck Faulkinberry Kenneth Ferguson Ed Fletcher Kevin Foster Chris Franzelas Chip Garcia Wright Garrett Leo George Jr. Marty Gibson Ron Godwin Bob Goodman Rusty Goodwin Bill Gribbin Steve Griffin Dan Grooms John Gunnoe Tim Hahn Lee Hall Steve Hamilton Matt Hanson Graham Harrison Eric Hauser Michael Heck Tim Hill Aaron Hudnall David Hudnall Mark Hurley James Hylton Adam Jackson Tim John Chris Johnson Chris Johnson Larry Johnson D.R. Jones Andy Kearns Bill Krebs Adam Lancaster Frank Landrey Jeff Ledbetter Mike Lewis Jay Lontz Chris Mabry Steve Marks John Martin Barry Moore Bill Mullen Dewey Oakes Steve Peterson Rick Phelps Joey Phillips John Poole D.H. Powell Tim Preusser Dave Provost Mark Rash Barry Rice Don Riley Bill Robertson Jerrod Ruhl Brian Runk Jason Schonfelder Glen Schultz Mike Scranton Neal Sears John Simmons Radford S. Smith Shane Smith Steve Smith K.C. Spiron Joshua Stamm Jesse Stephens Brandon Streeter Franklin Swann Glen Thomas Mike Thomas John Thompson Chris Tolley Elmer Towns Frankie Viar Brian Wallace Donald Wallace Brandon Webb Paul Wetmore Todd Wetmore Stephen G. Willis Danny Wilson Chad Wilt Michael Winstrad Scott Wolf Branson Woodard Chris Wray