2011 Golf Tournament
This year, the Ida Ballard Memorial Scholarship Foundation awarded its first 4-year scholarship to Brittney Clark of Memphis’ Frayser High School. The scholarship announcement was the highlight of the 2011 Golf Tournament Fundraiser held at the Wedgewood Golfers’ Course in Olive Branch, Mississippi. Miss Clark will be attending Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri this fall as an Education major. From this year’s proceeds, the 2011 Ida Ballard Simon Golf Tournament will increase its endowed scholarship account with Lincoln University by $7 thousand.
Tournament organizers were blessed once again. Memphis and surrounding areas experienced a week of torrential rainfall, high winds, downed trees and power lines and the beginning of what would prove to be record flooding. However, the sun shone brightly on Saturday and the golfers teed off on schedule – 8 a.m., April 30.
While the golfers where out, organizers prepared for the luncheon and award ceremony underneath the club’s large, shaded pavilion. This year, the golfers were served country fried catfish with creamy, southern-style cole slaw, fries and plenty of hot sauce.
After 18 holes of play, teams began to return from the course. The first team returned some time close to 1 o’clock. Before sitting down for lunch, golfers selected items from the gift table. Then, raffle winners were announced with the big prize going to Chris Sparks who kissed the announcer, 6 year-old Earolyn Landers, upon receiving his Odyssey putter. The 2011 Ida Ballard Simon Golf Tournament Championship trophy was awarded to the Woodruff Team with a winning score of 58.
Saving the best for last, organizers announced the winner of the 2011 Scholarship award. Brittney Clark was handed a token wooden golf cart that sported an engraved plaque which read “Full Ride” to represent the full 4-year scholarship she received. The crowd cheered as Brittney clutched the little wooden golf cart, holding back tears and smiling wide. She thanked the scholarship foundation and everyone present. “I’m so happy,” Brittney said as she wiped her eyes. Her display of unadulterated joy also jerked a few tears from the watching eyes attending the ceremony.
The tournament honors the late Ida Ballard Simon, former graduate and Vice President for Advancement at Lincoln University – the oldest Historically Black College and University (HBCU) west of the Mississippi and the only institution in America founded by African American Civil War veterans.
Those who wish to support the scholarship fund can go to www.ballardfamilysite.org at any time to make a donation.
GOLF TOURNAMENT RESULTS (4 person scramble):
|Championship||Woodruff’s Team||58||William Woodruff, Greg Odem, Robert Crawford, Cap Butler|
|Presidents||Charles and Jackie’s Team||63||Ken Hill, Scearcy Smith, Bob Myers, Taylor Sunbeam|
|1st Place||W. G.’s Team||63||Nick Allen, Clarence Scott, Lionel Lowe, Ronald Pinkston|
|2nd Place||LU Foundation Team||64||Freddie Kloss, Larry Johnson, Michael Gary, Rod Rainer|
|3rd Place||Yates and Company||64||Dwight Dishman, James Wesby, Nick Cewe, Geoffrey Foughnor|
|Sharonda’s Team/ Sparks ‘n’ Sparkle||65||Brian Bowler, Mr. Bowler, Chris Sparks, Dave Smith|
|The Telein Group, Inc.||65||Myron Miles, Dave Griffin, Jerry Erspamer, Cornelius Yates|
|Original South Memphis||67||Lee Miller, Ed Gaskin, James Clark|
|The Stokes Group||67||Paul Stokes, Terrence Minion, Kenny Kuhn, Chris Kelly|
|Ladies Enjoying Golf||69||Tangia Cowan, Brenda Cox, Belinda Watkins, Nancy Adams|
|Allstate – Toebar’s Team||71||Gerard Harts, Russell Rogers|
|MetLife – Stanley’s Team||72||Richard Williams, Earl Young, William Butler, Billye Larsha|
|Shelby Packaging Company||77||Fred Johnson, Malcolm Sykes, Alvin Bell, Alvin Clark|
|Individual Trophies||“Premium” Raffle Winners|
|Longest Drive||Closest To Pin||Odyssey Putter||Chris Sparks|
|1st||Ed Gaskin||Greg Odom||Bag Boy Push Cart||Larry Johnson|
|2nd||Cap Butler||Gerard Harts||Bushnell Pro Rangefinder||Gerard Harts|
|3rd||Chris Sparks||Golfers Home Practice Range||Hughrey Tippett|
|Wheeled Travel Cover for Clubs||Greg Odem, Jr.|
|Trunk – Golf Gear Case||Cap Butler|
2011 Sponsors of the Ida Ballard Simon Memorial Golf Tournament
PLATINUM PLUS SPONSORS: The Telein Group
PLATINUM SPONSORS: Cheryl Ballard
Clyde and Linda Peete
GOLD SPONSORS: Dr. Sharonda Peete
Stanley Blue – MetLife
Lincoln University Foundation
SILVER SPONSORS: Charles and Jackie Ballard
BRONZE SPONSORS: Ronald Stuart – Allstate Insurance
Hughrey and Carolyn Tippett
CKG Services – Houston, Texas
VIP SPONSORS: Timothy Peete
Maestro Herman Rankin
Pete Mitchell and Associates
Coty Drew and Yuri
Lynn Beckwith, jr.
Joseph and Linda Gordon
Vernell Stepter, III
Robert and Ruth Newton
Glen and Yvette Howard
Lowery Bogee and Sadie Smith
McDonald’s of Canton Mississippi
BEVERAGE SPONSORS: Memphis Light Gas & Water
Budweiser of Memphis
FOOD SPONSORS: Mary Miller
Ashley and Earolyn Landers
PHOTOGRAPHY SPONSOR: Edna Bond
ENTRY TABLE DONATION: Jewelry by Marsha Stovall – Kansas City, MO
Also, we offer a special thank-you to our 2011 Volunteers!
Theresa Perkins Mary Miller Mondell Williams Rosalyn Yates