Golfers had to battle the course and also the elements Friday but the Judy’s Walk for a Cure Golf Tournament was a big success just the same.
Thanks to the many donors, just about everything involved with the tournament, from lunch to numerous prizes, was free, Lucy Poppell, tournament organizer said.
The tournament is held in honor of Judy Poppell Cook, Lucy’s sister, who died in August 2011 after a lengthy battle with breast cancer. Judy, herself, had been very involved in the Havana Relay for Life event. “I promised Judy before she died that I would keep it going for her and started the golf tournament,” said Lucy.
This was the third annual tournament and it was the biggest yet, Lucy said. Forty-four golfers were signed up to play.
It also made the most money, raising $6,215. Lucy said all proceeds are donated to the American Cancer Society.
“We lost so many this year in the community to cancer,” Lucy said, “so I hope this will help in finding the cause one day.”
Other volunteers mentioned by Lucy who helped with the tournament were Kim Taylor (Judy’s daughter), Sherri Klinke, Debby Nunn Nelson, Melissa Cardwell, Wayne Poppell (Judy’s brother), Allen Poppell (Judy’s nephew), and Ashley Nelson. She said Vic Vickers was instrumental for setting up the tournament.
Lucy also mentioned Hurricane Grille in Tallahassee for donating the hamburgers, hotdogs and buns as well as Pepsi Cola for giving the drinks and Katie’s Cakes for making a special cake.
“We’ve been blessed by people willing to donate,” said Lucy, “to be such a small community.”
The team of Jimmy Hughes and Frank Ashcroft won the rain-shorted tournament. Second place went to Bo Bryan and Steve “Swamp” Marsh. There was a three-way tie for third which went to Tom Overstreet/Scott Benson, Jeremy Cohen/Bob Hollan and Jimmy Forbess/Steve Forbess. Due to the weather, there was no play-off for third place.
Lucy said there is no Relay for Life event scheduled in Havana this year. Instead, an event will be held at Southwood called Relay for Life Leon/Havana to be held May 16 and 17.