The Northwood Country Club kicked off its 16th annual Ed Lewis Memorial Tournament Saturday, which featured 60 teams and 120 total participants. The tournament is slated to for a three-day event that concludes Monday.
Named in honor of Robert “Ed” Lewis, who passed away in 1998 at the age of 89, Lewis proved instrumental in the progress the country club has made since its inception in 1929.
"Ed Lewis probably did more for Northwood more than any other person," Northwood golf pro Billy Pomeroy said. "He did so much in terms of fixing golf carts, light fixtures, and on and on ... And didn't charge the club anything. He just loved Northwood and wanted it to be a better place."
After 18 holes, Easton Clay and TJ Morgan are tied with the team of David Ray and Bobby Maddux with a score of 59. They are followed closely by Jack Combest and Scott Davis, along with Joey Mabry and Justin Catlet, with both teams registering a first day shot total of 60.
Attracting talented golfers from all over the state and nearby region, the Ed Lewis Memorial Tournament has served as a valuable event for the city of Meridian.
"It's a great deal for the whole city of Meridian," Pomeroy said. "We have people coming from Tennessee, Alabama and surrounding areas of Mississippi to come play golf this weekend. A lot of it is old friends reuniting ... Meridian is such a close-knit community, and I think this tournament only enhances that."
Yet it also proves as a marquee event for Northwood Country Club to showcase its tremendous facilities.
"This is a great opportunity for the club, and for people to come and see what Northwood is all about," Pomeroy said. "To get to spend three days here, and get to have an experience of what the club has to offer."
Part of those tremendous facilities is the golf course itself, which features five par-3’s and four par-5’s and over 6,000 yards of course layout.
"(Course superintendent Britt Pollock) has got the golf course in really fabulous condition," Pomeroy said. "The greens are rolling very nicely. They're quick and firm. It's a fun golf course, but it's very narrow. You have to hit a straight; it's your perfect risk-reward golf course. You can make some birdies and some eagles, but you could also make some high numbers if you don't hit it where you are supposed to."
Northwood is slated to host two more events later this summer, including the Bill Davis tournament held July 4 and the Junior Amateur held July 27-30.
"We're real excited to be hosting those events," Pomeroy said. "It's a great honor.”
Yet Pomeroy was quick to point out that these tournaments would not be held at Northwood without the support of three men.
"A lot of credit goes to John Rea," Pomeroy said. "He's the tournament chair, along with Jack Combest and Charlie Ray, who are on the board, and those three have put together a great schedule of events for Northwood."
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