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Golf tournament gets big turnout

Organizers report heavy participation in the Henry County Chamber of Commerce's 11th Annual Golf Classic. Twenty-three golf teams and 116 players took part in the tournament at Georgia National Golf Course at Lake Dow, in McDonough.

The event, held Sept. 26, included a ball drop, a traditional bagpipe performance, and a presentation from the Union Grove High School Naval JROTC color guard.

The Golf Classic was organized by the Chamber's golf committee chair, Rhonda Segers, of United Community Bank, and its director of membership, Roger Nix.

Tournament sponsors, organizers noted, included: Piedmont Healthcare (presenting sponsor); Georgia State University/Robinson College of Business (putting green sponsor); Georgia Power; Phillips Van Heusen; United Community Bank; Henry Medical Center; Smith, Welch, Webb & White; Gas South; Outback Steakhouse; AT&T; Renfroe Outdoor (gold sponsors); SERVPRO (Mulligan sponsor); Mercer University; Bennett International Group; Brooks & Maddox Cosmetic & Family Dentistry; Fidelity Bank; Hamilton State Bank; and Charter Business (silver sponsors).

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Special Photo: The Henry Daily Herald’s Gary Sparrow joined the pilot of this helicopter which was used during the ball drop activity of the 11th Annual Golf Classic in McDonough.

The event kicked off with local actress/singer Lynna Schmidt singing "God Bless America," accompanied by Winter Taylor playing bagpipes, and followed by a "cannon shot" start. The first-place team was United Community Bank, consisting of Ken Palmer, Wayne Lowery, Rusty Strawn and Scott Freese. The second-place team was Georgia State University/Robinson College of Business and the players were Ralph Kahlan, John Marshall, John Hicks and Dara Broadus.

Outback Steakhouse placed third and team members included Kareem Hinton, Max Shirley, Griffin Shirley and Josh Monk. The restaurant also provided dinner for the awards ceremony.

The winners of the helicopter ball drop were as follows: first place, Rusty Strawn with United Community Bank's team; second place, Matt Freeman with My Supplies Team; and third place, Chuck Spahos, playing with Piedmont Healthcare.

Putting green contest winners were: first place, Greg Hammonds with Robinson, Whaley, Hammonds and Allison; second place, Larry Battles with Phillips Van Heusen; and third place, John Webb with Smith, Welch, Webb and White.

"Committee members did an excellent job of signing up this many golf teams," said Henry County Chamber of Commerce President Kay Pippin. "This has to be a record when considering the current economic environment."