ALTUS - 44 Golfers enjoyed a breezy, cool-by-comparison round of golf Saturday Morning to support The Salvation Army of Altus’ 3rd Annual “Golfing For Soup” Tournament. After the last putt sank and the silent auction item closed, the event raised a much-needed $5,900 for The Salvation Army’s soup kitchen and social services programs.
“We had a great turnout this year, thanks to The Altus Times, word-of-mouth, KEYB and Quartz Mountain putting the word out about the tournament. We are so grateful to everyone who helped out and supported this event. Summer months are hard in so many ways, so having this event was a great way to have a little fun and provide relief at the same time,” says Salvation Army officer Lt. Joseph Price.
The officers, staff and volunteers of The Salvation Army would like to extend a big thanks to all the sponsors for the event: MidFirst Bank, Quartz Mountain Resort, Altus Air Force Base volunteers, Adams & Beach Cattle Company, Advantage Office Supplies, Advantage Realty, Altus Masonic Lodge, Altus Plaza Shopping Center, Applebee’s, Bar-S Foods, Billy Sims, Caldwell Banker, Crown Jewelry, Dobbs & Braddock, Doner Farms, Elizabeth Gray, First National Bank, Gary & Jima Beach, Gator’s Western Wear, Geiger Eyecare, Glen Winters at Ok Farm Bureau, Greg Cross, Grizzard, Holder Brothers Beef, J.A.M. Construction, Jackson County Abstract, James Wilson, John Gallagher at Allstate, Johnny Roberts Motors, Joyce Harris, KEYB, Kwik Kar, Larry & Sharon Duffy, Leon & Nadine Bailey, McDonald’s, Ok Farm Bureau, Papa John’s Pizza, Rod Smith Ministries, Rogers Electronics, Smiley’s, State Farm, Tal Oden, The Plaza Restaurant, Truesense Marketing, The Salvation Army Planned Giving Department (OKC), Turbines, Inc., Western Sizzlin’, Wilmes Chevrolet, Wilmes Superstore and our local news media for helping promote the tournament.
There were 2 flights in the tournament. The first place team in Flight A, Jim Bales, Brian Peterson, Elmer White and Tom Meacham out swung the competition with an impressive -14. Flight B winners Ernest Simpson, Bryce Sellers, Scot Simco and Rick Henry were only 3 strokes behind Flight A and matched last year’s best score with -11.
This year’s tournament saw a few key changes, including the elimination of the ‘silly’ holes played in tournaments past, as well as the introduction of a few new team advantages available. “Changing the tournament made it more appealing to a broader range of golfers, and it proved to be a good choice. We’ll keep the same format for next year,” says Lt. Betty Price, who says next year’s tournament is already on the calendar for July 19.