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October 16, 2012

GLENMORE: Berea Blast Scramble terrific

BEREA — Last Saturday, 18 foursomes teed it up at the Berea Country Club in a Kentucky National Guard Memorial Scramble on a beautiful day for golf.

There was a morning and afternoon session. The players did not go hungry as there were hot dogs, sausages and hot wings on the grill all day and plenty of beverages.

Wow!

Hoisting the flag of victory at the end of a fun and competitive day on the links was the team of Ronnie Garland, Marty Anderson, Bobby Wilson and Roy Smith with an incredible 49 (-23). They were aided with mulligans, skirts and throws.

Second-place honors went to the team of Gary Rose, Dan Crawford, David Veard and Mike Sparks with a 53. Third place went to Ricky Clontz, Larry Huffman, Mark Buttry and John Helton with a 54.

In the special events, the most accurate drive for the ladies was Lynn Lainhart and for the men Larry Huffman. Longest putt for men on No. 1 was Roy Smith and for the ladies on No. 4 was Leah Baldwin.

On Friday night preceding the tournament there was a “meet and greet” that was followed by a putting contest conducted by Jeanne McConnell and Kathy Broaddus that did quite well.

There was an impressive changing of the colors ceremony with Jack Hissom and Marvin Bauer lowering the existing flag and folding it militarily. They then raised the new flag and the Color Guard fired a 21-gun salute to the colors.

The Color Guard was comprised of veterans from our military forces and members of local veterans clubs. This was followed by a beautiful rendition of our national anthem sung by Carolyn Romano.  

Carolyn is a sophomore and Music Major at Berea College and hails from Virginia.

This ceremony brought tears to my eyes.  

It brought back so many memories of World War II when I lost six friends and schoolmates. I was a bugler early in the war until I volunteered for sea duty. After the war, I played taps at several military funerals at Camp Nelson for our military who gave their lives that we may stay free.  

The American Legion furnished the Color Guard and I remember Harry Storms drove the bus we took to Camp Nelson.

Sad days!

After the changing of colors, several dignitaries gave speeches honoring the Guard, veterans and the military for their sacrifices in keeping our country free and safe from aggression. They were Jason Lemay, Truman Fields, Larry Combs, Bud Montgomery and Mary Long.

Jeanne McConnell did a fantastic job as chairman to put this tournament on and to raise funds for the Kentucky National Guard Memorial.

Thanks Jeanne!

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