Howard House Memorial Golf Tournament scores big

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The third annual Howard House Memorial Charity Golf Tournament was in full swing earlier this month at The Course at Eagle Mountain in Batesville.

According to a press release from First Community Bank, the presenting sponsor, the tournament exceeded the previous year in both revenue and player participation.

“We are so appreciative of the support for this tournament,” said Dale Cole chairman and CEO of First Community. “Not only did it grow in number of sponsors, it filled up with golfers and had a waiting list of teams wanting to participate. The purpose of the tournament is twofold: first, to pay tribute to Howard L. House, one of the founders of the Eagle Mountain Golf Course and major developers in our community, and second, to generate funding for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Independence County.”

The local Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) opened its doors to child abuse victims in November 2018, at 510 E. Boswell St. The CAC in Batesville covers Independence, Izard, Stone, Sharp, and Fulton Counties. All services are provided at no cost to child victims of abuse or their families.

“The outpouring of love and support for this tournament warms my heart,” said Dianne Lamberth, daughter of the late Howard House. “The idea of honoring my dad while doing something great for the community was at the suggestion of Dale Cole. I am very grateful to Dale and First Community Bank, the presenting sponsor. The tournament is such an expression of generosity from so many businesses, family members, friends, and associates. Great things really do happen when we work together for the good of our community.”

“Two hole-in-ones were hit during the tournament, but unfortunately they were not on a prize hole,” said Lamberth. “We had a tie for first place in the Championship Flight and several hole-in-ones on the putting contest. Those playoffs created even more excitement. Based on participant feedback and the record-breaking donations, I think everyone would agree that we scored big.”

Tournament winners included:

Championship Flight
1st place team: Bart Simmons, Rich Gregg, David Branstetter, and Garth Branstetter.
2nd place (tie): David Bell, Penick Bell, Danny Bell, Chris Bell, Randy Cross, Jason Barrington, J.P. McShane, Jed Porter

1st Flight
1st Place – Kenny Tosh, Jeff Tosh, Alan Cockrill, Hayden Cockrill
2nd Place – Shawn Drake, Mike Satterwhite, Tommy Ford, Taylor Ford
3rd Place – Lindsey Castleberry, Jon Ives, Rodney Griffin, Casey Castleberry

2nd Flight
1st Place – Tim Yelvington, Matt Galbraith, Chris Jennings, Clint Wilson
2nd Place – Hank Pearce, Rene Jullian, Matt McDonald, Dale Cole
3rd Place – Danny Dale, Paul Taylor, Stan Fretwell, Ronnie Coots

3rd Flight
1st Place – Zach Witt, Eddie Witt, Chris Young, Caleb Qualls
2nd Place – Rick Cesarski, Steven Cesarski, Andrew Gowen, David Stolelmyer
3rd Place – Mark Lamberth, Dianne Lamberth, Gary Bebow, Verona Bebow

Closest to Pin
Hole #13 – Jed Porter
Hole # 15 – Charles Blackburn
Hole #6 – Julie Gregg
Hole #3 – Ed Pinckard/Randal Montgomery
Closest to Hole 2nd Shot – David Stotelmyer
Chipping Contest – Pat Mulick
Putting Contest – Alan Cockrill

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Featured image: A participant at the Howard House Memorial Charity Golf Tournament / Above image: The memorial for the founders of The Course at Eagle Mountain, Howard House and Dr. Red Bell / Images via First Community Bank

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