Bradley, Balas win Bobcat Open golf tournament

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

BERRYVILLE ---- The Berryville Bobcat Booster club held its seventh annual Bobcat Open golf tournament at the Carroll County Country Club on Sept. 25, with the grandson/grandfather team of Evan Bradley, 17, and George Balas, 65, winning the Championship flight.

Booster club member Fred West reported that the tournament this year was dedicated to the memory of J.C. Hussey, who was a longtime Bobcat fan and avid golfer.

The tourney is one of the Booster Club's biggest fundraisers of the year, and this time it was no different as approximately $4,900 is expected to be netted from the event.

The tourney was a two-person scramble format and involved more than 40 two-person teams. About half the teams played 18 holes in the morning, and the rest played 18 in the afternoon.

All scores were put together to determine the winners in three flights. Results are as follows:

CHAMPIONSHIP FLIGHT

1st- Evan Bradley & George Balas- 63; 2nd- Duane Waters & Milt McGowan- 64; 3rd- Bob & Brent Moore- 66.

FIRST FLIGHT

1st- Mark Stone & Jim Leggett- 72; 2nd- Rodney Kilbourn & Craig Patton- 73; 3rd- Judy & Kenny Kell- 73.

SECOND FLIGHT

1st- Rick Clark & Doug Pederson- 78; 2nd- Warren & Jon Rainwater- 78; 3rd- Russell Allen & Josh Capps- 80.

Contests included Longest Drive on No. 3 for both men and women. Winners of that were Stephen Pearson, who won a set of Michelin radial tires provided by Quality Tire of Berryville, and Donna Griffith, who won a $200 cash prize provided by the Booster Club.

Also, there was Closest to the Pin on the par-3 No. 2, with Craig Patton winning an X-Box video game system provided by Pepsi Bottling Co. of Harrison.

The Bobcat Booster Club would like to express thanks to all the many businesses that were sponsors and prize providers for the tournament, without whom the event wouldn't be nearly as successful. Also, a big thanks goes out to all the many golfers who participated and supported the tournament with their entry fees.

HISTORY TIME

Fred West, who has run many of these tournaments, said he believed that Evan Bradley and George Balas had played in the tournament every year, to the best of his knowledge.

Evan is now a senior at Branson and plays on the school golf team. He lived in Berryville until the eighth grade and is the son of Janet and Terrill Bradley, now of Branson.

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