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Tucker Smith tourney provides fun; benefits Habitat for Humanity

The Sixth Annual Tucker Smith Memorial Golf Tournament promisesto be a fun event at the Brookhaven Country Club. It also promisesto raise money for the Lincoln County Habitat for Humanity.

“There’s a lot of interest in this tournament,” said tournamentdirector Jeff Henning. “This is the most fun tournament at theclub.”

Following a 4-ball format, the tournament has attracted anotherfull field. Sixty-four 2-man teams, divided into eight flights,have registered.

The 3-day tournament starts Saturday morning and runs throughMonday. A Friday night pairings party will feature a meal and alive band.

Henning said the tournament has raised over $24,000 for thelocal Habitat for Humanity. “This is their main fund-raiser.”

The tournament is named in memory of the late Tucker Smith. AWest Point Military Academy graduate, Smith was killed in anautomobile accident not long after his graduation from theschool.

Brookhaven Country Club PGA pro/general manager Ronny Ross saidthe tournament is a highlight of the season. “I played it for thefirst time last year. I like the format better than any other. Thefour-ball, match play is a lot of fun.”

Ross said the community benefits financially from thetournament. “It brings in a lot of people from all over the state.It’s a big weekend for us. It showcases our club, too.”

Ross said the par-70 course, measuring 6,319 yards from thechampionship tees, is in good shape. It includes six challengingpar-3 holes.

Rhett Crowder of Madison and Dr. Steve Mills of Brookhaven wonlast year’s championship flight. They are not participating thisyear.

Don Coleman and Paul Henning of Brookhaven had won the previoustwo titles. Darrell Easley and Bean Guy won in 1998. GeorgeHennington and Jeff Henning won the first tourney.

Monday’s final round will begin at 9 a.m. Weekend rounds willstart at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Lunch will beserved each day.

Teams will be preflighted according to handicap.