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July 5, 2014

Local club hosts golf scramble

NEWTON —  Locals flocked to the Newton Country Club to commemorate the nation's birthday and also to play a little golf Friday.

The event marked the 10th occasion in which the club has hosted players from the area to celebrate the holiday while also competing in a one-person scramble.

"We've been having this event the last several years on the fourth of July to give the people in the area something to do," Newton Country Club president Joel Nelson said.

Locals turned out in resounding support as 48 players took part in the tournament.

"We have people from all over the local area," Nelson said. "Participants from Quitman, Union, Lake and a lot of our members are represented as well."

Among those in participation was Lake native Wade Cooksey, who said it was a privilege to spend the holiday playing golf with close friends.

"You couldn't have asked for a better day to play golf," Cooksey said. "And on fourth of July weekend, it's an honor to be able to be out here playing, and it's all because of the one's that protect and serve this great nation."

Added playing partner Johnny Sullivan, "This has been a really enjoyable day."

Competitors tested their skills by playing the 9-hole course twice, but had to deal with a unique challenge on the second round for two separate holes as the golfers were forced to shoot at a different green than the previous one.  

"Even though it's just a 9-hole course, it kind of changes up with our double greens and different tee bases," Nelson said. "Our course is not that difficult. The greens are flat and easy to putt, but we've been growing some trees lately, and you have to keep the ball in play and out of some of the ponds we have on the course.  If you are able to do that, then you can score pretty well out on our course."

Participants were invited to partake in additional activities later Friday evening.

"This tournament gives everybody a chance to come out in play and honor America," Nelson said. "Later on, we're going to play bingo and grill some burgers."

Next weekend, the club is set to host its 23rd annual 4-ball tournament, currently slated to run Saturday and Sunday.

"That's probably our biggest event of the year and we're looking forward to a great turnout," Nelson said.

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