Ripley represented at memorial golf tournament

CORINTH — Last Friday, several Ripley residents took part in the Dr. Mark S. Wells Memorial Golf Tournament held at the Shiloh Ridge Athletic Club. The five-person scramble-style tournament was sponsored by the Magnolia Regional Health Center Foundation. Ripley native Evie Storey Boyd is the director of the foundation and was the primary organizer for the tournament. The foundation’s purpose is to support and benefit the charitable, educational and scientific efforts of Magnolia Regional Health Center and similar non-profit organizations in Corinth and Alcorn County. “Our foundation board and hospital staff were very pleased with the tremendous success of our 2009 golf classic, which was exciting, well attended, and noted as one of the most successful tournaments held in our area,” said Boyd. “Most importantly, this special event assisted in raising community awareness of the presence and purpose of our foundation. “We realize that our success would not have been possible without your unwavering support of our community and for that we are forever grateful to our sponsors, participants, and volunteers.” Final numbers from the event had not been tabulated early this week, but Boyd said that the foundation had received over $23,000 in sponsorships before the tournament. Along with the tournament in which first and second prizes were given out in three flights, other competitions were held for putting, accuracy, longest drive, hole-in-one, and a 50/50 Ball Drop from a helicopter for a chance to win $2,000. Bailey Howell, a native of Middleton who won two NBA championships with the Boston Celtics, made a guest appearance at the tournament. At the second hole of the course, Howell autographed golf balls before hitting a tee shot for each team. The teams then had the option of playing his ball or choosing to play one of their own. The tournament field was comprised of 160 golfers making up 32 teams. Local participants in the tournament included, James Storey, Jim Miller, Bill Hamlin, Mickey Billingsley, Vincent Girley, Greg Richardson, Robert Plunkett, Jimmy Downs, Freddie Cross, and Reed Lindsay. Neither team finished in the top two places of their flight, but Hamlin and Billingsley won prizes for longest drive and putting, respectively. Said Jim Miller: “I’ve been playing about 15 to 20 years and I’m still not any good, but I had a good time playing with some good golfers. This was a worthy cause and I’m just happy to be a part of it.”

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