By FRED MARSHALL
Lori Johns Jordan of the Boys and Girls Ranches of Alabama reports that the recent Reinhardt Lexus Children's Charity Classic was again a big success. Though rain could have been a problem at the mid-May event at Arrowhead Country Club, meteorologist Eric Snitil of WSFA assured everyone it wouldn't be an issue. Twenty-two, four-man teams registered for the Classic, plus individual golfers, making for a total of over 100 golfers competing for prizes, but with the main goal of raising money for the Boys and Girls Ranches of Alabama.
The Ranches are a 501(c)(3) charity founded by the Sheriffs of Alabama in 1966. All proceeds from the event went to the Boys and Girls Ranches of Alabama. Currently, there are four Ranches located throughout Alabama: Baldwin Co., Colbert Co., St. Clair Co., and Tallapoosa Co. Many thanks to Nick Rauccio, Roman Rauccio, and Jimmy Harmon of the Ranches for their dedicated hard work, and also to Ed Reinhardt of Reinhardt Lexus. Without their support, and the support of many volunteers, the annual Classic would not be possible. Thanks also to Chappy's Deli, Coca-Cola, Bama Budweiser, and Safelite Auto Glass.
While golf was the name of the game, the players seemed just as interested in enjoying the food as prepared by Peppertree Steaks, Full Moon BBQ, and Texas Roadhouse. If you would like to support the Boys and Girls Ranches of Alabama (2680 Bell Road), call 334 213-2071. When the day was over, the team of Danny Rhodes, Hayward Coggins, Skip Mainor, and T.J. Garrigan were named net winners, while the team of Brian Crowe, Charlie Betts, Jacob Stinson, and Shane Wright was named gross winners. They will compete in the Tournament of Champions later this year.
Jacob Stinson won the longest drive contest, and closest to the pin on #11 was Bill Poplin of the WSFA team. Closest to the pin on #2 was Hayward Coggins with the Reinhardt Lexus team. In the auction, Tim Wilbanks purchased the Lexus Champions for Charity trip to Pebble Beach, California.