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HAPfan Tournament a fight to the finish
Pic 3 HAPfan 3rd Place team
Third-place team members were, from left, Bob Puckett, Tim Blanton, James Jones and Bucky Keel. - photo by Photo provided.

Only two strokes separated the top three teams last weekend at the second annual HAPfan Golf Tournament at Cherokee Rose Country Club. The team of Jordan Roberson, Ben Floyd, Ricky Floyd and Chuck Smith won the tournament with a score of -22.

The runners-up, Aaron Power, Terry Sellers, Matthew Sellers and Jared Sellers, were only a stroke behind at -21, and the third-place team, Bob Puckett, Tim Blanton, James Jones and Bucky Keel, shot a -20.

Sixteen teams entered this year’s HAPfan tournament, which honors the late Mabel Creel, who was an avid local golfer. HAPfan was Creel’s nickname because she played with a set of custom-made Hogan’s Apex Plus irons.

Event organizer Elise Stafford said the tournament raised a lot of money for scholarships.

"This event was a huge success," she said. "In addition to raising enough money to give out five scholarships, the HAPfan board of directors was overwhelmed with positive feedback from golfers and volunteers about their personal experiences participating in this annual event."

Stafford said this year’s tournament drew golfers from all over the area — some from as far as Rincon.

"It was a beautiful day for the tournament, and it was well organized by the HAPfan board, our 30-plus volunteers and Lori Hannes, who helped coordinate everything," the organizer said. "We also are grateful to Ronny Mobley and the Cherokee Rose Country Club for hosting the tournament and to all of our sponsors for their continued support."

The HAPfan tournament was created to raise money for scholarships for public- and private-school students in Long and Liberty counties. Last year’s scholarship recipients were Ryan Norris and Ben Floyd.

Both Floyd and Norris competed in Saturday’s tournament. Floyd was on the winning team. He plans to attend Shorter College in the fall. Norris will attend the University of Georgia in September.

This year, five $500 scholarships will be awarded.

Students can pick up applications in their high school counselors’ offices.

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