By Jerry Love, LBF Communications
ALEXANDRIA – Two beautiful days greeted golfers for the Fall edition of The Baptist Golf Fellowship held Oct. 20-21 at OakWing Golf Club in Alexandria.
Golfers from all over the state were treated to vast amounts of sunshine and nice temps as they met for good fellowship, food, trophies, prizes and 36 holes of golf thrown in for good measure.
The Baptist Golf Fellowship, currently sponsored by the Louisiana Baptist Foundation and the Baptist Message, is a time for pastors and laypersons to come together for a time of recreation, relaxation and light hearted competition around the game of golf.
Medalist and Team play occurred on Monday afternoon with awards given during the banquet that evening at the Louisiana Baptist Building.
Trophies were given for the best scores in Super Seniors (70 and above), Seniors (60-69), and Under 60 age brackets with each bracket divided into Ministers and Laymen.
At the end of play on Monday the Grand Champion of Medalist Play was Tony Branham of DeRidder with a score of 74.
First Baptist Church of DeRidder once again took home the Team Trophy, beating seven other church teams with a combined score of 313. Team members are Diz Smith, Dennis Milsap, Jerry Istre and Tony Branham.
On Tuesday the golfers were greeted with a gorgeous, cool morning for the 4 Man Scramble. Teams for the scramble on Tuesday are derived from the score rankings from Monday’s medalist play.
Prior to the start of the Scramble each player can purchase 2 Mulligans, which are sold for $5 each.
A total of $450 was raised with the proceeds going to the Shepherd’s Fund, a ministry of the Louisiana Baptist Convention that assists retired ministers and wives with supplemental needs.
Bill Robertson, head of the Pastoral Leadership Team of the Louisiana Baptist Convention, shared with the men several stories of how the Shepherd’s Fund ministers to the recipients.
He then led them in prayer for the day.
The winning team for the Scramble was a threesome of Bo Worley, Tony Branham, and Brent Johns. They finished with a score of 53 for on the day.
The next Baptist Golf Fellowship will be held April 13 – 14, 2015 at The Links On The Bayou in Alexandria. Watch for information in the Baptist Message or check the website of the Louisiana Baptist Foundation (www.LBFinfo.org) for details as the date gets near.