Roughly 30 golfers turned out to compete for prizes and fun with the Lions at Elkhart Golf Club Saturday, raising more than $8,000 from sponsors that will go to local, state, and international charities.
The 1st place team shot 12 under par, while two teams tied for second place at 11 under par. Elkhart Golf Club is a par 70 course.
Prizes also were awarded for the longest drive and nearest to the hole. All-Star Ford sponsored a free hole-in-one contest for a Ford F-150, but no one qualified.
Originally scheduled for May 18, the tournament was canceled due to rain. On Saturday, however, temperatures in the low 90s and a mild breeze provided good golfing weather.
“We were very pleased with the turnout, since we were rained out on the original May 18 date,” said Milton Kuser, the tournament organizer and Palestine Lions’ first vice president.
About 10 three-person teams teed off from different holes around the 18-hole course. The shotgun start began at 8:30 a.m.; play continued until 2:30 p.m.
A few serious golfers played for cash prizes, but most participated for fun. Leeroy Loredo of Vera Bank in Palestine said he doesn’t play golf frequently, but enjoys playing in tournaments.
The tournament drew players from several local businesses, including Brett Weisenburn of State Farm Insurance; Neil Smart and Josh McKinney of Lightfoot Flooring; and Doug Washburn, pastor of New Life Community Church.
A few golfers came from outside the area. Spenser Ellis and Callin Eastman came from Houston to play in the tournament with their friend Tommy Stanfield of Tyler. Ellis said he plays golf frequently and came to Saturday’s tournament at Stanfield's invitation.
Locally, the Lions have recently donated to Hope Station, Rock Bottom Ranch, BARC: The Humane Society, Meals on Wheels, and college scholarships to Anderson County students. The Palestine Lions also sponsor vision screening for Anderson County children.
The Palestine Lions Club meets Thursdays at noon at the Redlands Hotel. For information, follow the club on Facebook @plionsclub.