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Liberty Golf Tournament was a Success

June 20, 2008  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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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.

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