Golf tournament raises more than $17,000

The A Flight tournament winners: Ryan Turner, Pat O’Donnell, Justin O’Donnell and Corey Reece.

Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor’s 23rd Annual Dick Metz Memorial Golf Classic raised more than $17,400 for our Good Samaritan Program.

“Our golf tournament continues to be a huge success from year to year,” said Sarah Griggs, executive director for Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor. “We are so blessed to have a large group of businesses, organizations and individuals who support Presbyterian Manor and our mission, not only at the tournament, but throughout the year.”

The tournament was named for the late golf pro and Arkansas City native, Richard “Dick” C. Metz, who was a leading golf pro in the 1930s and 1940s. In his career, he won 14 professional victories and was inducted into the Kansas Golf Hall of Fame in 1991.

After Metz’ death, a golf tournament named for him was started to benefit the Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor Good Samaritan Program, which provides assistance for residents who have outlived their financial resources.

The B Flight winners were Steve Ross, Otis Morrow, Bob Foster and Mike Groves.

Fifty-five golfers participated in the four-person scramble tournament on May 6. The ball drop raised $2,000. In this popular event held before tee-off, 300 numbered golf balls are dropped from a bucket truck provided by Westar Energy. The holders of the three numbers that land closest to the pin win cash prizes.

This year’s winners were:
1st: Larry and Joyce Creel, $500
2nd: Jackie Shaffer, $300
3rd: Alan Teufel, $200
The ball drop was named in memory of longtime supporter Karl Faidley in 2016. Karl’s widow, Dorothy, attended the pre-tournament events and helped Sarah Griggs present the winnings.

In the pre-tournament putting contest, the winners were: Jayson Cromley, first with a hole in one; Jeff Wood, second; and Rick Lewis, third. Each received a golf package at Great Life Golf & Fitness, Springhill or Quail Ridge.

The A Flight tournament winners: with a score of 59 were Ryan Turner, Pat O’Donnell, Justin O’Donnell and Corey Reece.

The B Flight winners were: Steve Ross, Otis Morrow, Bob Foster and Mike Groves.

“We couldn’t do this tournament every year without the tremendous support we receive from the Cowley County community,” Sarah Griggs said. “The residents who receive help through the Good Samaritan program thank you.”