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12th Annual Fulford Open Helps Support OCCF


Golfers gather to head out for the start of the 2014 SMV Realty / Jim Fulford Golf Open, held at Rolling Meadows. (Courtesy Photo by Darrell White) Golfers gather to head out for the start of the 2014 SMV Realty / Jim Fulford Golf Open, held at Rolling Meadows. (Courtesy Photo by Darrell White) Some generous golfers gathered at Rolling Meadows Golf Course on a beautiful fall day recently to participate in a record-breaking 12th annual SMV Realty / Jim Fulford Golf Outing to raise funds for the Owen County Community Foundation (OCCF). Gifts from golfers and sponsors totaled $22,968 and resulted in a net take of $20,720 to help operate this local charity.

This year’s winning team consisted of Garth Goodlet, Wally DeFord, Larry West, and Walter Sadler. The winners took home a golf and hotel package at French Lick Resort and Casino and passes for the 2015 PGA Senior Open Championship to be held in French Lick.

“We are just so gratified at the support we received again this year,” said Mark Rogers, OCCF executive director. “I want to thank everyone who helped us put on the most successful golf outing yet.”


The winning team of this year’s SMV Realty / Jim Fulford Golf Open included, left to right: Garth Goodlet, Wally DeFord, Larry West, and Walter Sadler. (Courtesy Photo by Darrell White) The winning team of this year’s SMV Realty / Jim Fulford Golf Open included, left to right: Garth Goodlet, Wally DeFord, Larry West, and Walter Sadler. (Courtesy Photo by Darrell White) The following businesses and organizations donated the prizes for the event: French Lick Resort and Casino, the 2015 Senior PGA Championship, Rising Star Casino & Resort, the Owen County State Bank, Wally DeFord, Babbs SuperValu, Hilltop Restaurant, the Historic Tivoli Theatre, Trojan Horse Restaurant, Ofishel Gunworks, Bauer Tire, and Rolling Meadows Golf Course.

Steve Redenbaugh, Larry West, Wally DeFord, and John Dyar won the individual prizes for “closest to the pin” during the course of the day.

Sponsors for the 2014 golf outing were led by tournament sponsor SMV Realty, LLC. Lunch sponsors included Dot Kinney, Lifeway Baptist Church, Monarch Beverage, the Volkers Group Investment Planners, and Gordon and Diane Wells.

Gold sponsors were Babbs SuperValu, Chandler Funeral Home LLC - Whitaker Chapel, Jim DeCoursey, Owen County State Bank, Exchange Club of Spencer, The Family of Jim & Wilma Fulford, David Friedel & Ann Mahrdt, John and Cindy Hackworthy, Bob Heaton for State Representative, Insurance Services, Inc., Gosport Manufacturing, Millie Mc- Gee’s Gosport Diner, Charles & Marge Neumeyer, Sons of the American Legion, West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home, Tad and Shirley Wilson, and Steve and Cindy Withem.

Silver sponsors were Dr. Charles & Kay Cochran, Duling Insurance, Hickam & Lorenz, John Fuhs Attorney at Law, Gosport VFW - Fathers & Sons, Gosport Dental Clinic - Dr. Barbara LaMere Heck, IU Health - Southern Indiana Physicians, Joe and Brenda King, John King, Michel King, Bob and Carolyn Livingston, McCormick’s Creek Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center, McKay Family Pharmacy - Jill & Kevin McKay, Monster Trash Roll-off & Recycling, Richard Norman Attorney at Law, Our Community Bank, Owen County IU Varsity Club, Owen Valley Flooring, The Peoples State Bank, Pizza Hut of Spencer, Jim Mann for State Representative, Quality Surfaces, Inc., Mary Rice, Mark and Pennie Rogers, the Spencer Evening World, Spencer Hardware & Lumber Co., Chris Wesley - RE/MAX Select Associates, Valley Chevrolet, and World Arts, Inc.

Individuals supporting the event as “Friends of Mr. Fulford” included Rob Babbs, Rosann Babbs, Wally, Tyler, and Darby DeFord, Gosport Lions Club, Gosport Business Association, Don and Marilyn Jackson, Brad King, Jane McCollum, Bob Morris, Lori and Gary Quillen, Lew and Gretchen Scholl, Damon and Suzi Summerlot, Fred and Mary Jo Thatcher, Gib and Phyllis Tucker, Rene West, and Terry and Sally Wright.

Darrell White volunteered his time as the official photographer and provided a team photo to all of the players who participated.

All of the many hours invested in this event by the Fulford Tournament Committee of John King, John Hackworthy, Nick Gillaspy, Rob Babbs, and Wally De- Ford helped the OCCF to continue their commitment to helping our Owen County communities become better places to live, grow, and work.

The tournament is the only annual fund-raising event for the OCCF and helps raise those funds needed to operate the local charity. The vast majority of funds raised by the OCCF are put into permanent charitable funds that produce grants and scholarships through investment earnings.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the OCCF or the 2015 Jim Fulford Golf Open may contact OCCF executive director Mark Rogers at 812-829- 1725 or by email at mark@owencountycf.org.

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