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Tiger Tee-Off a hit despite temperatures
No one sunk the hole-in-one on the 13th hole during Saturday's tournament but Tiger coach Ken Griffin, shown here trying to hit the par three hole, hit a hole in one on Sunday while golfing with his son. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon

Despite sweltering temperatures, many golf enthusiasts showed up Saturday for the Bradwell Institute Tiger Tee-Off Golf Tournament at Cherokee Rose Country Club.

According to organizer and Tiger golf coach Ken Griffin, the event was a success with 13 teams competing.

"Thanks to all of the alumni and friends who participated in the tournament," Griffin said. "Your continued support is tremendously appreciated. Thanks to the following businesses for supporting our tournament through hole sponsorships: CenturyTel, Thrift Auto Repair, Cannoochee Electric, Herff Jones, Best Care, Target, Ratcliff and Smith, Osteen and Osteen, Harter Recycling Center and First Citizens Bank."

Fred Mingledorff of Hinesville Ford donated a new car for anyone who could sink a hole-in-one on the 13th, but Griffin said no one hit the prize hole. However, Griffin said he went out to play on Sunday with his son at the Swainsboro Golf Course and nailed his first-ever hole-in-one shot.

"It was such a good feeling," Griffin said. "I wonder if I could convince Fred that he should give me the Ford Focus."

Griffin said the golfers later enjoyed Philly steak sandwiches, Italian sausages, barbecued chicken and an assortment of side dishes, all prepared by BI supporter Chuck Edgington of Kardiac Catering.

"The tournament was a huge success for the athletes of Bradwell Institute," Griffin said. "We look forward to next year’s Tiger Tee-Off."


1st place: Pat Edwards, Robert Darby, Andy Anderson and Clifford Johnson

2nd place: Jarred Seller, Matthew Sellers, Terry Sellers and Mike Dixon

3rd place: Fred Mingledorff, Harry Middleton, Joel Moody and Gary Richardson

Other competitions:

Longest drive men: Bucky Keel

Longest drive women: Toby Howard

Closet to pin men: Bucky Keel

General closet to pin: Ray Graham

Closets to pin women: No winner, so each of the ladies were given a Hinesville Day Spa and Salon gift certificate.

Women’s gift basket drawing: Kaci Crane

Men’s round of golf for four at Jekyll Island Golf Course: Mike Dixon

Men’s round of golf for four at Westin Savannah Harbor: Harry Middleton

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