Organizers called the recent Kelly Keith Memorial Golf Tournament “a strong and profitable event.”
The No. 9 hole was dedicated to Allison Toole, who helped with the tournament until her passing last year and who organizers said loved Kelly Keith with her whole heart. The money collected on hole No. 9 is split between the winner of who hits the golf ball in the marked circle and Toole’s family in her memory. Each hit costs $5, and the contest has become very competitive among our golfers.
Organizers thanked Sgt Henry, Bryon Brigman, Sean Hair, Alexandria McDonald, Jevon Collins and Castanza Cole for their assistance with the tournament.
The tournament would not have been complete without recognizing Jimmy Lee Davis Jr., from St. Petersburg, Florida, and Frank and Sally Cohen from Jacksonville, Florida. They prepared grilled chicken for the event.
The Cpl. Kelly S. Keith tournament results are as follows:
A FLIGHT — Andrew Lewis, Ryan Smith and Henry Moore, first place; Drew Brag, Richard Crisp and Carl Compton, runners-up.
B FLIGHT — Josh Gardner, Drew Kimrey and Tim McCune, first place; Ross Lawrence, Jeffrey Furr and Damian Ashe, second place; and Jerry Dowdy, Bobby Hyatt and Grady Roscoe, third place.
Organizers used tournament proceeds for donations to Nashya McDonald, the recipient of the Kelly Keith Spirit of the Brave Award who is planning to go to cosmetology school and the gunnery sergeant of Cheraw High School’s Junior ROTC program. Contributions will also benefit local benevolent groups.
Tournament organizers also thanked Phillip Leviner for planning and managing the event.
“Phillip is the pillar that holds this together,” a tournament news release states. “He manages all areas of the tournaments and has made some outstanding contacts throughout the years that make it so much easier to get contributions. He also has the demeanor and personality to meet new contributors to bring them on board as each year we hope for a bigger and better event. So through all the hard work, at the end of the day we laugh, love and live, which is exactly what Kelly would want us to do.”