Monday, June 8, 2015

Spotlight: Generosity and Golf Make Hole-in-One Partnership

On Friday, June 5, 128 players joined us for a tremendous day of golf to support the 70,000 students, teachers, and families who come through our community and education programs each year.

With morning and afternoon tee times, tournament play continued throughout the day, with contests located at holes along the course, including a longest drive, putting, and a closest to the pin competitions for each round.

ServiceMaster’s Trafford Seymour enjoyed the variety of activities during his first Orpheum golf tournament.

“We try to sponsor the Orpheum and this is one of my first opportunities to do it,” he said.

A lot of praise rightly went to Mirimichi itself, our wonderful course partner for this year’s tournament.

“They have turned this into an incredible golf course and the greens are just in perfect shape,” said David Wootton. “The people here have just been extremely, extremely helpful. From the time I took my clubs out of the car to even while we’re playing here on the course, they’ve been very hospitable.”

The 14th Annual Ken Sossaman Memorial Golf Tournament was one of the most successful in the Orpheum’s history, and we’d like to acknowledge the day’s winners, as well the sponsors who made it all possible.

Morning Round Winners


Team Awards:
First Place: The Crump Firm, Inc. — Sue Madden Jennifer Pedigo, Debbie Richmond and Holly Elkins
Second Place: NIKE — Willie Gregory, Clarence Scott, Lionel Lowe and Dickie Allen
Third Place: Thomas & Betts — Brian Herington, Dan Lee, Greg Rhodes and David Ekmark

Longest Drive:
Hole #6: Sue Madden
Hole #18: Jennifer Pedigo

Putting Contest:
First Place: Tom Courtney
Second Place: Ken McDonald
Third Place: George Cogswell
Fourth Place: Holly Elkins

Closest to the Pin (Hole #3):
First Place: David Ekmark
Second Place: George Cogswell
Third Place: Hank Johnson

Afternoon Round Winners

Team Awards:
First Place: Realty Capital Management — Mike Simpson, Doug Meyer, Matt Durand and Daniel Gafford 
Second Place: Jim & Gina Wiertelak and Don & Mary Heezen
Third Place: Renasant Bank — Michael Montgomery, Jay Joel, Jason Hollingsworth and Justin Nicholas

Longest Drive:
Hole #6: Don Heezen
Hole #18: Don Heezen

Putting Contest:
First Place: Chad Hall
Second Place: Doug Meyer
Third Place: Michael Montgomery
Fourth Place: Warren Milnor

Closest to the Pin (Hole #3):
First Place: Chirag Chauhan
Second Place: Greg Cavill
Third Place: Justin Nicholas

The generous sponsors for this year’s tournament are:

  • True Temper Sports
  • Southland Park Gaming and Racing
  • Nike
  • Kroger
  • Ring Container Technologies
  • Scott and Carol Hennessy
  • The Barnett Group
  • Cumberland Partners
  • Barbara and Stefan Smith (Drink Cart)
  • Grinder, Taber & Grinder, Inc. (Lunch Sponsor)

A special thank you goes to the members of the Memphis Development Foundation board’s Golf Chairman: Scott Hennessy and Golf Committee: Willie Gregory, Andrew Taylor, Gary Smith, Philip Gould, Chirag Chauhan, and Bill Stegbauer.

Our annual tournament was started in 2002 in memory of a great Orpheum board member and officer, Ken Sossaman.  Ken served on The Orpheum’s Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and he chaired the 2001 Annual Auction. 

Check out more photos from Friday’s tournament on Flickr!

We’ll have more chances to get involved with Orpheum fundraisers later this year, and we’d love for you to join us next year at the 15th Annual Ken Sossaman tournament. Stay tuned for details!

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