20-under needed to win annual Rotary tourney

By | June 8, 2014 12:00 am

Rotary Tournament champions. The above team finished with a 50, which was 20-under in the annual Rotary Golf Tournament played on Saturday at the Sparta Country Club. Members of the team were (l to r): Roy Heady, Bill Franklin, Bobby Rogers and Wayne Butler. Franklin’s father, Phil Franklin, was one of the ones in whom the tournament was played in memory this year.

Tommy Sims’ birdie putt on the final hole, which was hole number four at the Sparta Country Club, put his team at 19-under for the day in the Sparta Rotary Club’s annual scramble, but that wasn’t enough for the win.
Finishing up their day on number nine, Wayne Butler’s team stole away the victory. Former Sparta Country Club pro, Bill Franklin, sank a putt for eagle finishing with a 50 in the 18-hole event, which was good enough for 20-under and the championship flight title in the 14-team field played on Saturday.
Fitting that Franklin’s putt put the finishing touches on his team’s win as this year’s scramble was played in memory of his father, Phil Franklin, and Charles Robinson.
Teaming up with Franklin and Butler for the championship flight win were Bobby Rogers and Roy Heady.
Sims and his teammates, Tim Brock, Joel Evans and Allen Hitchcock finished the day with a 51 and in second place.
Coming in three strokes off the lead and garnering third place with a score of 53 was the team of Scott Hickey, Derek Dale, Adam Hickey and Travis Poss.
Fourth place in the event with a 54 was the team of David Rogers, Wayne Rogers, Bill Davis and Jason Goodwin.
With a score of 56 and garnering fifth place was Bill Hickey’s team.
Golfers at the event were in agreement that the shot of the day came off the club of Duggan Cannon. He recorded a very rare double eagle (albatross) on hole #3 which is a par five. A double eagle is more rare than even a hole-in-one. For instance, in the 2012 PGA tour, there were 37 holes-in-one, but only four double eagles.
First place in the championship flight went to the team of Jr. Young, Dee Harris, Don Horton and Bill Scheffer. They finished the day with a 59. Second place in the first flight, with a 62, went to the Wright team and third place, with a 63, went to the Miller team. (First and second place teams in the first flight were not available for pictures following the tournament.)
Taking the longest drive for the women was Shelby Johnson. She, along with Lynn Haston, also won closest to the hole prizes. Tommy Sims and David Rogers won closest to the hole prizes while Braden Galyon won the longest drive.
The proceeds from the Rotary Tournament go to benefit the many community service programs sponsored by the club, including the White County High School and Middle School non-revenue sports programs.
The next big golf tournament at the Sparta Country Club is a tournament hosted by the WCHS golf team. All proceeds from that scramble, which will be held July 12th, will go to the high school golf team. Call or go by the clubhouse to sign up for that scramble.

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