The 2020: 12th Ida Ballard-Simon Memorial Golf Tournament (originally scheduled for Saturday – May 16, 2020) is POSTPONED (until further notice) due to Coronavirus concerns!


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2014 Golf Tournament

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This year, the Ida Ballard Simon Memorial Scholarship Fund celebrated 7 years of golf tournament fundraisers as a commemorative milestone, 7 years of providing 4-year scholarships, book / travel scholarships and 7 years of sharing the love, camaraderie and generosity of friends, family and supporters (near and far) that share our mission by supporting Ida’s Legacy for Education. Annual IBS Memorial Golf Tournaments honor the late Ida Ballard Simon, former graduate and Vice President of Advancement at Lincoln University – the oldest Historical Black College and University (HBCU) west of the Mississippi and the only institution in America founded by African American War veterans.

Commemorative plans to celebrate 7 years of golf tournament fundraisers were going so nice that they had to be planned twice! Due to the rain and a soggy golf course, the IBS Golf Tournament was rescheduled from May 17 (Harrah’s Resort) to June 14 (North Creek Golf Course).

In addition to enjoying a continental breakfast, 9-hole snack and Awards Lunch, 76 Golfers registered to play 2-Person Scramble on 18 holes for an opportunity to win one of the sixty 7th Annual Commemorative Golf Tournament Trophy'(s).

Wood-based trophies with removable glass tops, varying golf ball colors and engraved team placements to distinguish Flight Levels and Team Placements.

Additionally, each golfer received a 7th Annual Commemorative Cooler-Bag (shaped like a miniature golf bag), appreciation gifts and chances to win choice golf and electronic items.

Golfer’s Appreciation Table

The “Golfers Appreciation” table was filled with gifts from the IBS Scholarship Fund’s for each golfer participating in this year’s tournament. Mr. Lowery Bogee of Ossining, New York and Lincoln University alumnus donated New York Mets paraphernalia including: 2 Official NFL Super Bowl footballs, monogrammed apparel, carrying cases, stadium seat pads and Sports bags.

Raffle Items included:

  • 11 – Signed (donated) copies of Eric Jerome Dickey’s latest book, “A Wanted Woman”. Eric grew up in South Memphis on Kansas Street as a neighbor of the Ballard Family: Cheryl Floyd, Bob Owens, Cornelius Yates, Brenda Cox, Myron Myles, Charles Ballard, Calverta Hatter, Stephanie Bland
  • 1 – Golf Sensor: Cornelius Yates
  • 1 – Portable DVD Player: winners name not captured
  • 1 – Backyard Chipping Range: Brad Willczynski
  • 1 – Electric Putting Partner: Willie Martin
  • 1 – Golf Organizer: Bob Owens
  • 1 – Golf Bag Travel Cover: Bob Owens
  • 3 – dozen count Golf Balls by Taylor, Calloway and Srixon

Non Golfers and volunteers enjoyed fun-filled card games of Bid Wiz, Spades and UNO, listening to music while mingling and enjoying the wonderful weather and company of family and friends. The children were given kites and enjoyed the challenge of keeping their kites airborne against the wind!

2014 Ida Ballard Simon Scholarship Award

Sponsors, Golfers, and Tournament attendees offered “Best Wishes” to Addison Tucker, (2014 graduate of Kirby High School – Memphis, TN) as he
was presented the 2014 Ida Ballard Simon 4-year Scholarship to attend Lincoln University – Jefferson City, MO as well as a token wooden golf cart to represent golf tournament fundraisers.

Additionally, Addison has become a member of the Lincoln University Football Team!

Previous Rain Dates delayed “Full Experience” for Tournament Sponsor and Host

Annual Ida Ballard Simon Memorial Golf Tournaments were rained out and re-scheduled during in 2010, 2013 and 2014. Prior to this year, Ella Ballard (Ida’s sister) travelled from New York to Memphis to assist with hosting his annual event in 2010 and 2013. When the original 2014 date was cancelled band re-scheduled due to rain, Ella jokingly stated “ … every time that I’m here for the tournament, we have to cancel re-schedule and I need to get back to my students!”

Fortunately, this year Ella was in Memphis thru May and June! After experiencing golf tournament planning, 1st date setup, weather cancellations, plan revisions, 2nd date setup and finally the opportunity to assist with managing the golf tournament event as a host as well as post event task – finally, Ella can definitely identify with the “full experience” and she had a great time!

2014 Financial Notes

  • 100% of donations have cleared the bank
  • After expenses, the 2014 Golf Tournament raised $14,781.00
  • $13,000 endorsed to the IBS Scholarship Fund account at Lincoln University Foundation – Jefferson City , Missouri
  • $1,781 will be utilized for 2015 IBS Scholarship Fund venture capital.