Sequoyah Classic draws 138 golfers

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      One hundred and thirty-eight golfers took to the links on Thursday, Aug. 25 and Friday, Aug. 26 at Sequoyah National Golf Club to participate in the Sixth Annual Sequoyah Classic, a two-day fundraising golf tournament.  Proceeds from the tournament are divided by three non-profit programs including the Cherokee Youth Center, the Bill Taylor Scholarship Endowment and the Cherokee Children’s Home.

     The tournament participants were divided into six flights after the tournament based on their scores with first, second and third place winners in each flight.

 Sixth Flight:               1st Place         Darrell Lambert and Gary Johnson

                                    2nd Place        Matt Hollifield and Jason Taylor

                                    3rd Place        Philip Ellington and Adam Wachacha


Fifth Flight:                1st Place         Jack Gloyne and Tommy Lambert

                                    2nd Place        Willard McCoy and Truman Taylor

                                    3rd Place        Tanner Morrison and John Taylor


Fourth Flight:       1st Place         Ben Groenewold and Dondi Crowe

                                    2nd Place        Cameron Younce and Steven Weeks

                                    3rd Place        Christian Owle and Danny Owle


Third Flight:               1st Place         Carr Crowe and Sam Crowe

                                    2nd Place        Tim Jessee and David Sluder

                                    3rd Place        Chuck Owle and Stephen Watty


Second Flight:          1st Place         Jesse Welch and Mickey Welch

                                    2nd Place        John Edwards and Gabe Edwards

                                    3rd Place        Ralph Ketcher and Rod Fourkiller


First Flight:                1st Place         T. T. Taylor and Michael Stamper

                                    2nd Place        Jim Owle and Boyd Owle

                                    3rd Place        Jack Davis and Dennis Junaluska

     The winners of the First Flight were determined by a playoff round after the top two teams tied with a score of 124 for a two-day total.

     Prizes were also awarded to 10 golfers for Closest to the Pin competition:  Ed Thompson, Scott Massey, Gabe Edwards, Roy Greene, Christian Owle, Keith Banks, Jason Littlejohn, Mike Strand, T.T. Taylor, and Wendell Howard.

     The tournament had over 36 sponsors including four Sequoyah level sponsors ($5,000 and over):  Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Harrah’s Casino, Nike and e.gads (Electric Gizmos and Display Systems).  There were three Junaluska Sponsorships ($2,500 and over):  Wells Fargo, Tribal Gaming Commission and an anonymous donor.

     There were 18 Chief Leon Jones Sponsorships ($1,000 and over):  Konami Gaming, VSR Industries, IGT, Lowry Oil Company, First Citizens Bank, Owle Construction, Deutsche Bank, Cuningham Group, Bally, WMS, Tri-State Pumps and Controls, Cherokee Enterprises, Cherokee Electrical, JCM Global, DigiDeal, Gary Platt Manufacturing, CIC Technologies, Inc. and Greenville Turf (John Deere).

     Bill Taylor Sponsorships ($500 and over) included:  Southern Health Partners, Brooks Engineering, Key Bank, GTECH G2, Cherokee Home Center, Padgett and Freeman Architects, AE, Granny’s Kitchen, Great Smoky Mountain Gifts, Steve Metcalf and Aaron T. Smith. 

     Financial reports are not complete at this time, however, over $54,000 has been pledged from tournament sponsors and over $6,000 was raised during the tournament.

     Sequoyah Classic Golf Tournament staff related they would like to extend their appreciation to Nike, Landscapes Unlimited, Harrah’s, Calloway Golf and Sequoyah National Golf Club for assistance with prizes. 

     “Thanks also to CBC Printing for their assistance with signs and banners.  Drink and snack donations were made by Harrah’s, Pepsi, Sysco Foods, EBCI and David Pruitt of Lance Foods. Other raffle prizes included artwork from Revina Keener, a Pendleton Blanket donated by Carmaleta Monteith and a gift card from Kosta’s Restaurant,” said tournament officials.

     “Many thanks to the volunteers and staff who made this event possible.  Special thanks to Robert ‘Birdie’ Saunooke, Ryan Ott, Larry Blythe, Cris Weatherford, Matt Hollifield, Rita Grasty, Jeannie Arkansas and the Sequoyah National Golf Club staff for their hard work and dedication to the tournament.”