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Kiwanis Club benefits from tournament

Ten teams hit the links at Valley Grande Golf Course to raise money for the Kiwanis Club on Wednesday. The competition was lighthearted in sight of the goal at hand.

“No matter what we make, it’s going to charity and somebody in Dallas County is going to benefit from it,” said tournament coordinator Paul Garner. “We’re just happy to be out here and provide an outlet for people to enjoy themselves.”

The team of Will Pearce, David Cothren and William Free took first place in the championship flight. Pearce’s team also won the post-match putting challenge.

Steve Smitherman, Sam Brown and Moses Ngarilab finished second.

The second flight saw David Ousley, David Brooks and Ray Matthews atop the leaderboard. Steve South, Duke Heflin and Robert Massey took second place.

“I’m playing way above my head,” said Massey. “Way above my head.”

The tournament also gave Mayor George Evans a rare opportunity to spend an afternoon on a golf course. Evans loves golf, but his free time is sparse.

“I’m just happy to be a part of the team,” said Evans. “It’s always good to do things positive, give back.”

The tournament — now in its third year — had a lower turnout than it has in the past. However, it still raised approximately $1,000.

“In these economic times, it was tough to get sponsors,” said Garner. “We didn’t want to skip it.”