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2013 Golf Classic

A LITTLE THUNDERSTORM didn’t dampen the efforts of a group of ABCHomes friends when they teed off this summer at the Lost Springs Golf Club in Rogers. After the storm passed, the group hit the greens, hoping to hit a “hole in one” for needy kids.

For the forth time in as many years, Lost Springs Golf Club in Rogers hosted the annual Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes Golf Classic.

More than 165 golfers, representing 31 teams, took part in a recent four-person scramble. The tournament raised more than $37,000 for the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries (ABCHomes).

Major tournament sponsors were Jim Lindsey, owner of the Lost Springs Golf Club, First Baptist Church of Bentonville, and Cross Church of Springdale, Rogers and Fayetteville.
For the third year, the “Breyers Ice Cream Man” donated various ice cream treats.

A highlight of the tournament was a guest appearance by the University of Arkansas Head Football Coach Bret Bielema. He took time to stop by during lunch, briefly speaking to the golfers about the upcoming Razorback football season and fielding questions. Bielema noted he was honored to attended the ABCHomes event, saying, “It’s not what you have but what you give.”

Bielema also took time to visit and take photos with three residents of the Arkansas Baptist Boys Ranch in Harrison. Residents Will, Cade and Cody said they won’t soon forget meeting Coach Bielema. “This was awesome,” noted Cade.

“Thanks to Jim Lindsey and Lost Springs Golf Club for providing a great location once again,” shared David Perry, ABCHomes executive director. “Thanks to Bentonville First Baptist Church and Cross Church of Fayetteville, Rogers and Springdale for being our major sponsors. We appreciate the sponsors, players, vendors, volunteers and others who made this a great success for our children.

“In his usual fashion, John Ross went the extra mile to organize the day,” added Perry.

The morning flight winners were:  First place, Bentonville First Baptist; second place, Patrick team; third place, Scullawl team.

Afternoon flight winners were: First place, Toyota of Fayetteville; second place, Leon-Cannon team; third place, Bentonville First Baptist.

Other golfers recognized were: Josh Lantzsch, longest drive; and Chuck Dennis, closest to the pin. The winning “Men and Women’s’ mixed” team was the foursome from Heath & House Construction.