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Eighty teams from several states packed the Pike County Country Club golf course between Louisiana and Bowling Green on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17-18 for the eighth annual John Wesley Chamberlain Memorial Golf Tournament.
The 160 golfers competed for $20,400 in cash prizes in the two-man team scramble and contributed to youth nutrition and the Robert James Wells Golf Scholarship. The scholarship goes annually to Louisiana or Bowling Green high school golf team members.
The scholarship winners this year were Payton Lenz, son of Mike and Tracy Lenz, of Louisiana; Brendan Ross, son of Jim and Stacey Ross, of Louisiana; and Gregory Pitzer, son of Clint and Lisa Pitzer, of Louisiana.
“We send them to colleges, golf schools and trade schools,” said tourney official Larry Chamberlain of Bowling Green.
The tournament is named after Chamberlain’s son, who died in a November 2005 auto accident.
His mother, Brenda Chamberlain, said the tourney went well.
“The tournament went fine and we had fabulous weather,” she said. “We were full and we had a waiting list,” for players.
The scholarship is named after Robert Wells, of Bowling Green, the son of Jim and Brenda Wells, of Bowling Green, who died in a vehicle accident in 2000.
The families came together to make the tournament a reality and to bring something positive to Pike County out of their personal losses, Chamberlain said.
“We want to make an impact for the youth of the county.”
The John Wesley Chamberlain Foundation also gave $6,000 to the backpack programs in the county in which underprivileged students receive food on Fridays at school for weekend meals.
Chamberlain said the tournament is the result of the hard work of many people. Particularly instrumental were Bob and Patty Ringhausen, of Louisiana, Earl and Zella Eliason, of Louisiana, Brent Branstetter, of Bowling Green, and Karl Dewey of Louisiana.
Here are the winners of each flight in the tournament.
• E Flight — Tie for first place. David Koester and Rick Buffington, both of Bowling Green. Don Hockaday and Mark Courtney, both of Indianapolis, Ind.
• D Flight — Tie for first place. Lee Roy Perkins and Brennen Perkins, both of Curryville. Brad Wahlgren and Scott Deien, of Sioux Falls, S.D.
• C Flight —Robert Branstetter, of Remington, Ind. and Rusty Branstetter, of Bunker Hill, Ill.
• B Flight — Tie for first place. Mike Lenz and Payton Lenz, of Louisiana. Bud Willer, of Silex, and Steve Capstick, of Middletown.
• A Flight — Tie for first place. Mike Bross and David Mosley, both of Hannibal. Geoff Baker and Brad Tomhave, both of Pittsfield, Ill.
• Championship Flight — Ed Duba, of O’Fallon and Lance Thornhill, of University City.