By DAVID CLAYBOURN
Another big field of golfers is expected for the Second Annual Monster Ball Craig Bowers Memorial Golf Tournament this week in Greenville.
The first tournament last August had enough two-player teams to fill six flights. Kevin Bowers, one of the tournament organizers, said he’s expecting about the same number of golfers. The tournament’s been moved up to June this year.
“We’ve lost a few of the non-golfers that just played for support but we picked up a few golfers,” he said.
The 36-hole tournament is set for Saturday and Sunday at Wright Park Municipal and Oak Creek Country Club with tee times at 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
They’ve added a special tournament this year for the juniors, a four-player scramble that starts at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday at Wright Park. The event is for players ages 12 and under and has a $25 entry fee. For additional information, contact Kevin Bowers at 903-461-5422 or Bo Hartline at 903-457-2996.
The two-player scramble has an entry fee of $350 per team, with a first-place payout of $1,500.
Billy Blankenship and Eric Kelly fired a 59 at Wright Park and a 61 at Oak Creek to win the championship flight in 2012 by six strokes with their total of 120. The teams of Alan Hawkins and Corey Stone and Jon Milton with Tony Griffith tied for second with 126s.
Other winning teams included Matt Neyra and Lauren Wensel in the first flight (64-61-125), Toby Hooten and Danny Ray Bowman (65-68-1334), Brian Gibson and Kyle Gibson in the third (65-62-127), Clayton Hunter and Steve Sewell in the fourth (68-62-13), James Smith and Larry Milton in the fifth (70-68-138) and the team of Don Johnson and Frankie Morgan in the sixth (76-72-148).
The event is named for Craig “Monster” Bowers, who grew up in Greenville and was an avid golfer as well as a high school baseball and basketball player, assistant basketball coach and an assistant principal in Royse City. Bowers died in a skiing accident in Colorado in 2012.
Proceeds from last year’s tournament benefitted a college scholarship fund for his children, the Greenville YMCA and the Hunt County Children’s Advocacy Center.
Kevin Bowers said this tournament means a lot to Craig’s family.
“Just kind of carrying on the tradition, his name and his legacy,” he said. “Keeping all that alive. All the family is really involved in it.”