Golf-Local Ryder Cup

Members of Kilgore’s own “Ryder Cup” team brought the coveted bag home for a fourth straight year, representing Meadowbrook Golf & Event Center in beating Gilmer Country Club’s team yet again. Kilgore has never lost the competition.

GOLF

Kilgore’s team again wins “Ryder Cup”

Kilgore’s team of golfers, representing Meadowbrook Golf & Event Center in a Ryder Cup competition of their own against Gilmer Country Club, brought home the prize yet again for a fourth straight year.

Kilgore’s golfers won the two-day competition, 33-31, played last Saturday in Gilmer, then finished last Sunday here at Meadowbrook. Gilmer led by six (19-13) after the first day, but fought back, and won 10-6 in the individual matchups.

A good definition of the “big” Ryder Cup is this one from Wikipedia: “The Ryder Cup is a biennial men’s golf competition between teams from Europe and the United States. The competition is contested every two years with the venue alternating between courses in the United States and Europe. The Ryder Cup is named after the English businessman Samuel Ryder, who donated the trophy.”

The local series began in 2018, and the teams play for a golf bag. Kilgore has won every single year (2018, ’19, ’20, and now ’21).

API Tourney this Friday

The East Texas API – American Petroleum Institute – is hosting its 52nd annual golf tournament this Friday, Oct. 8, at Tempest Golf Club.

The purpose of the tournament, in addition to having a nice day of golf on a great course, is to financially support the East Texas API’s scholarship fund for sons and daughters of the East Texas oil and gas industry. A year ago, proceeds raised from the 51st annual tournament allowed the East Texas API to present 25 scholarships.

It’s a four-man scramble, 18 holes of play, of course, but is limited to the first 64 teams to enter, and spots are currently still available. There will be two sessions: a Friday morning, that Oct. 8, and a Friday afternoon that day. Tee times will be honored on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Registration is $175 per golfer.

The registration includes food, drawings and contests throughout the course that day, and Tempest Golf Club drink carts will provide beverages on the course during the tournament.

For more information, call the Tempest Golf Club pro shop.

Back the Blue tourney Oct. 15

Another upcoming golf tournament is the Rusk and Gregg County Peace Officers Association’s Energy Weldfab Back the Blue golf tournament, which will also be played at Tempest Golf Club next Friday, Oct. 15.

It’s a six-man scramble, with a $900 per team entry ($150 each), and sponsorships are still available.

For more, e-mail Scott Clark at sclark@ewf-inc.com.

OUTDOORS

Hi-Steppers clay shoot Oct. 16

It’s time again for one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for the Kilgore High School Hi-Steppers, and that’s the Hi-Steppers’ annual sporting clays tournament, set for Saturday morning, Oct. 16.

The event will again be at the phenomenal Prairie Creek Sporting Clays course, located at 15250 County Road 3111, Gladewater. Those coming down I-20 can take the Joy Wright Mountain Road exit.

The tournament will begin at 8 a.m., with breakfast; a safety meeting is scheduled for 8:20 a.m., and then a shotgun start at 8:30.

The format is four-man teams, so competitors can register as a team, and those who want to register as an individual can do so, as well, and then will be paired with others to form a team. Registration is $100, and that’s for shooting, breakfast, lunch and raffle contests, too.

To find out more, to become a sponsor or to sign up to enter the tournament, talk to a member of the KHS Hi-Steppers.

WIFFLE BALL

KHS softball to host wiffle ball fundraiser

The Kilgore High School softball program will host a wiffle ball tournament – open to the public – at the former KBBA parks on Harris Street, next Saturday, Oct. 9.

The tournament will feature teams of five to 10 players, and entry fee is $20 per person (which, yes, includes your T-shirt). There will be youth and adult divisions, and a four-game guarantee (two pool games, and a double elimination bracket). Games will be 30 minutes. Proceeds go to KHS softball.

On the entry form, it says there is an entry deadline of Sept. 28. Balls will be provided, and any bat can be used. Concessions and ice will be available. The tournament organizers are accepting Venmo payments to KHSsoftballboosters, or cash or check can be mailed to Kilgore High School Softball Booster Club, Attn: Cheyenne Kirkpatrick, 301 N. Kilgore Street, Kilgore, TX 75662.

For more, check out their Facebook page, or e-mail KHS softball coach Cheyenne Kirkpatrick at ckirkpatrick@kisd.org.

By sports editor Mitch Lucas

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