Young Marines golf benefit raises thousands for program

Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington congratulates the winning team with a score of 59 in the Bossier Sheriff’s Young Marines Benefit Golf Classic held Monday at Palmetto Country Club which helped raise $9,000 for the local Young Marines program. Pictured left to right: Mike Grigsby, Ira Jones, Sheriff Whittington, Jimmy Burford and Taylor Pitman. (photo by Lt. Bill Davis, Bossier Sheriff’s Office)

The Bossier Sheriff’s Young Marines Benefit Golf Classic held Monday at Palmetto Country Club in Benton raised $9,000 to benefit the local Young Marines program.

“This was an amazing turnout for our first-ever golf scramble to support the Young Marines,” said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington.  “Tournament organizers David Martinez from Palmetto Country Club and Teague Lampkin from Willis-Knighton Health System did a fantastic job for our inaugural event.  It was great to see the course full of players, and there were multiple hole and corporate sponsorships which will help provide funds to be used to benefit our young people.”

A rain delay shifted the shotgun start about an hour, and the precipitation held off for all 15 teams to complete their rounds.  Taking first place honors with a round of 59 were Mike Grigsby, Ira Jones, Jimmy Burford and Taylor Pitman.  Shooting 60 and capturing second place were Mark Morgan, Harvey Bryant, Noble Thompson and Gary Pearce.  Closest to the pin went to Dave Feaster, and longest drive went to Colton Davis.

“Our Young Marines program has proven time and time again to be such a positive environment for our young people,” said Sheriff Whittington.  “We were denied federal funding for the program last year over voluntary prayer and the mention of God, but this community and supporters from around the country and world have rallied with us to show their support.  It makes me feel fantastic that people believe in what we’re doing.”