LUMBERTON — For William Gentry, the Kiwanis All-American Golf Tournament is more than just your average competition.
“It’s actually an event, not just another golf tournament,” said Gentry, president of the Kiwanis Club of Robeson-Lumberton. “Golfers from all over Robeson County and beyond look forward to it. Many play in it every year. We’re expecting about 80 teams.”
Over the past 37 years, the Kiwanis Club of Robeson-Lumberton has done plenty to help children around the county. The annual golf tournament raises money that its gives back to the community.
The fundraiser will return this weekend when Pinecrest Country Club hosts the 38th-annual event, starting on Saturday.
Played as a two-man best ball event, the tournament is open to golf amateurs ages 21 and older. The $200 entry fee includes breakfast and lunch each day, as well as greens and cart fees, range balls and other gifts.
All proceeds go to agencies providing support, guidance and protection to children around the county.
Past funds have been used to provide clothes and shoes to students in need, pay for counseling of children who suffered the death of a family member, buy books for second-graders and supply Christmas gifts and scholarships to area youth. Money has also been donated to numerous organizations that help local youth.
Gentry expects an all-around great weekend on the course and in the clubhouse.
“The weather forecast is good and it looks like the temperatures will moderate from the hot weather that we have been having,” he said. “This being a two-day tournament makes it very exciting with the winners getting the coveted blue jacket.”
John Haskins — head coach of the women’s basketball team at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke — and Larry Cloninger slipped on the blue jacket last year, winning by two strokes to hold off Stephen Pippin and Chip Collins. Mark Lassiter and Keith McGirt claimed third place.
For information, call Gentry at 910-740-8853 or email him at [email protected]
Saturday Tee Times
7:44 a.m., Dr. David Allen, David Allen Jr.
8 a.m., Truman Lowery, Ricky Harris, David Rogers, Tray Martin
8:08 a.m., Aaron Russ, Joseph Russ, Jonathan Wilcox, Stumpy Bordeaux
8:16 a.m., Brian Haymore, Patrick Meadows, Tom Oxendine, Colt Ray
8:24 a.m., Danny Henderson, Tim Hunt, Celvin Sampson, David Lowry Sr.
8:40 a.m., Butch Gane, Steve Gane, Billy Bullock, Knocky Thorndyke
8:48 a.m., Owen Thomas, Taylor Baskett, John Rancke, Mike Tyson
8:56 a.m., Eric Locklear, Delbert Edwards, Tyler Lass, Hunter Lewis
9:04 a.m., Chris Jackson, Ronnie Hunt, Larry McNeill, Donnie Beck
9:12 a.m., Chris Britt, Rian Collins, Chris Kinlaw, Steve Kinlaw
9:36 a.m., Joey White, Seth White, David Ayers, Brian Ayers
9:44 a.m., Allan Fowlkes, Julie Fowlkes, Carey Read, Randy Simmons
9:52 a.m., Joe Osman, Tony Jenkins, Joe Terranova, Mitchell Scott
10 a.m., Connor Haskins, Hunter Yancey, John Haskins, Larry Cloninger
10:08 a.m., Kathy Hansen, Mic Correll, Lea Hepler, Pandora Carter
10:24 a.m., Jerry Pearson, Danny Dunn, Allan Adams, Holt Moore
10:32 a.m., John Grissom, Lee Grissom, Kenny Biggs, John Caldwell
10:40 a.m., Donnie Douglas, Tommy Britt, Joseph Martin, Kelly Fipps
10:48 a.m., Jerry Johnson, Trevor Johnson, Tim Wilson, Justin Long
10:56 a.m., Mark Kinlaw, Jeff Wishart, Marty Hunt, Larry Hardee
11:04 a.m. Patrick Prevatte, Tyler Prevatte, Pete Maynor, Phillip Maynor
11:20 a.m., Kelly Lowry, Nathan Pierce, Landon Lowry, Timmie Stultz
11:28 a.m., Howard Johnson, Luck Welsh, Andy Simays, Ron Jones
11:36 a.m., Jeff Broadwell, Mike Chuchaz, Neal Locklear, Jamie Locklear
11:44 a.m., Matt Facenda, Jonathan Reviera, Ben Collins, Larry Lynn Locklear
111:52 a.m., Timmy Kinlaw, Mickey Strickland, Ashton Woods, David Lowry Jr.
12 p.m., Tom Taylor, Robert Lawson, Darrell Atkinson, Mark Smith
12:16 p.m., Anthony Bailey, Tony Walters, Chuck Smith, Elliott Davis
12:24 p.m., Bruce Mullis, Jeff Brown, Dwayne Smith, Todd Nurnberger
12:32 p.m., Phillip Wallwork, Kyle Covington, Lonail Locklear, Brad Locklear
12:40 p.m., Chris Rice, Jay Floyd, Justin Branch, Mack Kenney
12:48 p.m., Dyrck Fanning, Scott Benton, Stephen Pippin, David Marsh
1:04 p.m., Mark Lassiter, Keith McGirt, Joe Poole Jr., Charles Lineberger
1:12 p.m., Matt Gore, Joey Gore, Matt McNeill, Gary Locklear
1:20 p.m., Merle Summers, Chris Summers, Ken Windley, Royal Windley
1:28 p.m., Nick McKeithan, Mike McKeithan, Pat Jessup, Billy York
1:36 p.m., Travis Lewis, Kyle Melvin, Ricky Locklear, Bryan Taylor
1:44 p.m., Danny Lassiter, Eddie Williams
Rodd Baxley can be reached at 910-416-5182. Follow him on Twitter @RoddBaxley.