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Clark, Palma win title flight

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There was an ultra-close finish to one of the oldest golf tournaments in East Texas over the weekend here at Meadowbrook Golf and Event Center, and patients of the East Texas Treatment Center were the real winners.

Years ago, the East Texas Oilmen’s Golf Association started making their decades-old tournament a fundraiser for the treatment center, and it’s become one of, if not the, largest fundraiser for the center each year.

The two-man scramble finished with a three-way tie for first, with Alan Clark and Kevin Palma ultimately winning the title flight on a tiebreaker over the other two teams, P.J. Garrison and Cale Culberson, and Mark Greene and Don White. All three teams had shot a two-day 126. Gerald Peden and David Bush shot a 128, finishing fourth.

A similar scene played out on both the first and second flights.

On the first flight, Kenneth Plunk and Melvin Jordan shot a 136, as did Bobby Beane and Harvey McClendon. Plunk and Jordan won the tiebreaker, and then Scott Clark and his son, Austin, finished third (a 139).

On the second flight, Jackie Nations and Jed Campbell tied with Jessica King and Chrishan Bennet, each team shooting a two-day 145. Nations and Campbell won the flight on tiebreaker. Terry Thrower and Bill Nicks finished third (146) and Brandon Holcomb and Justin Kirchfeld fourth (148).

See complete scores on page 9.

Proceeds from the event went entirely to the East Texas Treatment Center off Dudley Road in Kilgore. The treatment center is a non-profit physical rehabilitation facility that provides therapy services to all, regardless of ability to pay.

A host of sponsors, as always, were involved: KK Mobbs and area bankers provided breakfast; Charlie’s Sno-Balls, Rockwater Energy Solutions,, Don-Nan Pump and Supply, Courtney Construction, Innovex Downhole Solutions, Sun Coast Resources, Inc., and Hospitality Health ER helped and sponsored meals.

Hole signs were provided by the V. Fred Rogers Estate, Ward Agency, Kevin Dohanich, CPA, Kilgore College, CenterPoint Energy, the Kilgore Rotary Club, Real Estate Marketing, Fastenal, Made-Rite, Ambucs of East Texas, Patterson Chevrolet, KK Mobbs Construction, McAlister’s Deli, Charlie’s Sno-Balls, Express Employment Professionals, Coastal Chemical, Apec Petroleum Consulting LLC, Weir Oil and Gas, D&D Industrial, Atlas Oil Company, Citizens Bank, Don-Nan, Connect Outdoor, Fast Signs, Laird Insurance, the Mud Bug Classic, Whataburger, RCW Energy Services, Bob Davis Sales, P3, zdScada LP, Intertek, Courtney Construction, Innovex, LTW, Baker Petrolite, Donald and Melinda Love, Berith Equipment Inc., Maverick Well Services, Whataburger of Kilgore, Sun Coast Resources, Inc., Hospitality Health ER, SSI Maxim Company Inc., Citizens National Bank and the Back Porch.

In addition, Patterson Chevrolet-Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep had a truck up for grabs for a hole-in-one on hole seven, but no one was able to do that; the V. Fred Rogers Estate provided Ping golf equipment as a prize; and Orgill provided a Traeger Grill for give-away.

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