Fifteen teams teed-off Saturday at the Greens of Altus for the 26th Annual Jim Holland Memorial Golf Tournament in a four-man scramble event.
For the past 26 years, funds raised during the tournament have gone to support the Jim Holland Memorial Scholarship Endowment which provides scholarships for students attending Western Oklahoma State College.
This year’s tournament raised an additional $13,000 to increase the endowment to $255,000 with only the annual interest earned going toward scholarships.
Plenty of prizes were given out at the tournament, including a dozen Titleist high-quality golf balls to each winner of the individual hole competitions.
Kelley Bowen won on 10 with the closest shot to the 100-yard fairway marker, Robert Garton on 11 with the closest shot to the hole, Shannon Kyle on 12 with the longest drive in the fairway, Boone Copeland on 13 with the longest putt on the green, Jerry Baker on 14 with the closest shot the 100-yard fairway marker, Rusty Wortham on 15 with the closest second shot to the pin, Dough Marcille on 16 with the longest drive in the fairway, Zac Zachary on 17 with the closest shot to the hole, and Pat Doughty on 18 with the closest second shot to the pin.
The overall winner of the 2016 tournament was the Great Plains Bank-sponsored team of Robert Garton, Kelley Bowen, Travis Reese and Zac Zachary with a total score of 55, which translated to an impressive 17-under-par.
Over the nearly three-decade-long history of the tournament there have been numerous teams that have evolved from three generations of golfers.
Many of the 15 teams playing last Saturday began as father and son teams and now have grandchildren stepping in to complete the team and continue the celebration of Hollands’ memory.
One such team consisted of the late Holland’s son, Jay. He was 24 years old when he played in the first tournament to honor the memory of his father. Now at 50, Jay plays in the tournament with Pat Doughty, Shane Dawson and Jake White against his 15-year-old son Carter, who plays on a team with Ethan Dawson, Bryce Vickery and Shannon Kyle.
Both members of the Holland clan helped their team shoot a 62 in tournament play.
The tournament has always been about more than just golf. Among other things, it is about family, fellowship, scholarship, and a long heritage of golf on the same course for 26 consecutive years.
Retired state trooper Bob Beers has played in the tournament since the very beginning and has continued to financially support the tournament every year since, but he is just one of many that have a heart for the game. Many love to play in this tournament to help students who need funding for their education goals at WOSC.
The annual tournament has received continued financial support on a consistent basis from longtime friends and former students of the late Jim Holland.
Linda Holland-Copeland is always moved by the continued support of this tournament and has never missed a single one while also being financially supportive of this effort.
This year’s tournament had 14 sponsors, five co-sponsors, 34 hole sponsors and 17 cart sponsors.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.