Sixteen teams sponsored by local individuals, organizations, and businesses competed in the captain’s choice scramble, and prizes were awarded to the top three scoring teams, including first place to David Bailey Associates and its four-member team of David Bailey, Larry Slagle, Stacy Hairston and Jordon Hood.
Second place went to the McDonald’s Tazewell team of Shawn Anders, Michael Evans, Bryan Blevins and Roger Frye. Ramey Ford took third place with the foursome of Bryan Cooper, Don Meadows, Jeff Broyles and Rodney Hurst.
Individual awards were also presented during the Golfers’ Challenge to Jamie Cecil, who nailed the “longest drive” and to Bill Cole, who hit a shot “closest to the pin.” Keith Janovec took home the day’s “trash” drawing, while Jordon Hood won the “Green-O” prize.
Alpha Natural Resources sponsored the BC Golfers’ Challenge. Ramey Auto Group sponsored a hole-in-one chance to win a new car, and Outback Steakhouse of Princeton, West Virginia, provided lunch for tournament participants.
In addition to first place David Bailey Associates, second place McDonald’s Tazewell, and third place Ramey Ford, a host of other teams competed in the BC Challenge, thanks to the generosity of corporate and individual sponsors like BB&T Bank, Dr. Mike Remines, Tammy Lynn Outdoor Advertising, Citizen’s Building Supply, Clinch Valley Medical Center, WVVA-TV, C&T Repair, Cimarron Coach, Karl Heilman, Bill Cole Auto Mall, New People’s Bank, Hawg Pit, and Skyway Outdoor.
Individual players or supporters from the 13 remaining teams included BB&T’s Larry Ratliff, Bill Evans, Bill Draper and Kenny Billings; Dr. Mike Remines’ Todd Smith, Christopher Parrish, Jamie Cecil and Mike Remines; Tammy Lynn’s Bud Acken, Charlie Paschall, Gary Cornwell and Danny Brown; Citizen’s Johnny Brown, Daryl Brown, Jason Brown and Mark Catron; Clinch Valley Medical Center’s Tim Harclerode, David Darden, Peter Mulkey and Bob Barrett; WVVA’s Frank Brady, Tom Moses, Greg Carter and Jon Griffith; C&T’s David Cline, Jeffery Cline, Josh Cline and Bill Heflin; Cimarron Coach’s Keith Janovec, Bryan Janovec, Tim Mallory and Joey Stiltner; Karl Heilman’s Junie Loving, Justin Jones, Danny Bowles and Karl Heilman; Cole Auto Mall’s Bill Cole, Lee Cole, Jim Thompson and Dr. David Olive; New People’s Bank’s Russell Rose, Tom Shrewsbury, Rick Jackson and Joey Carter; Hawg Pit’s Todd Irwin, Ted Collins, Mike Hicks and Brent Veneri; and Skyway Outdoor’s Steve Nolley, Bud Clapp, Terry Kirk and Jamie Wyatt.
Other corporate sponsors who supported the Golfers’ Challenge, but did not field a team, included Advance Auto, AllState Insurance, American Block Company, AutoZone, Blue Wolfe Sales, Bluefield Beverage, Bluefield College Bookstore, Bluefield Regional Medical Center, Caribbean Tan, Chick-fil-A, Cole Chevrolet, Dragon Place, El Patio, First Community Bank, First Sentinel Bank, Food City, Fountain Springs Golf, Goodykoontz Drug Store, Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce, Green Acres, Tim Harlcarode, Hometown Bistro, Hometown Service Center, Key Ingredients, Kroger’s LaFiesta, Lowe’s Home Improvement Center, Mercer County Visitors’ Bureau, Delegate Will Morefield, Olive Garden, PW’s Bistro, Pipestem State Park, Precision Golf, Premium Car Rental, Quality Hotel of Bluefield, R&S Graphics, Richwood Golf Club, Ryan’s Steakhouse, Sam’s Club, Tazewell Country Club, Thompson & Litton, Mark Vinson, Web Jennings, and Wolf Creek Golf.
“It was another great year,” said Annette Tabor, BC’s associate vice president for advancement, who spearheads the Golfers’ Challenge. “It’s always rewarding to see our community come out and support Bluefield College’s athletic scholarship program.”