By Trish Turner
The Brandenburg Moose Family Center, Lodge #1177, hosted the 5th Annual Bucky Wayne Memorial Golf Scramble Tournament at the Doe Valley Golf Course on Sunday, Oct. 11. The Scramble started at 1 p.m. and concluded just before 6 p.m. Originally the tournament was scheduled for June, but COVID shutdowns wiped out those plans.
Rain bands from Hurricane Delta threatened to drench this area on Sunday. Hopes were high amongst the golfers that the rain would stay away. Thankfully, their wish was granted and they were able to complete the tournament under partly cloudy skies, with temperatures in the 70s. The foliage around the golf course was near peak color and made for a gorgeous setting.
The tournament is held mainly to raise funds for the Bucky Wayne Memorial Scholarship. James H. "Bucky" Wayne was a member of the Moose Lodge from 1973 until his passing in 2016. He was well known for his ever present smile and willingness to lend a helping hand with any project that the Lodge was involved in. The Brandenburg Moose Family Center decided that a scholarship in his name would be a great way to honor him. The Bucky Wayne Memorial Scholarship is available to any Meade County High School student who is or will be a full time student in a college or university. They must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and have a family member in good standing in the Brandenburg Moose Family Center. The recipient of the scholarship in 2020 was Emilee Smith, who is now attending ECC.
There were 11 teams in the tournament, consisting of 4 players each. Everyone had a great time, whether they got their best scores or not! The winner of the CTP (Closest to the Pin) was Stephen Dowell, and LD (Longest Drive) was Neita Clark.
The First Place team, with a score of 59, consisted of Team 6A members Kenny Goodman, Jeff Healey, Jim Fortner, and Bobby Ross. Second Place went to Team 4A members Stephen Dowell, Fred Sisk, John Nowacki, and Scott Manley, with a score of 61. In Third Place were Team 7A members Tony Brown, Kevin Lauersdorf, Ed Steward, and Jason Byers, with a score of 62.
The winner of the hotly contested putting contest was Rich Augun. There was also a raffle of a large country ham, which was won by Becky Dix. Some other nice items were raffled off, including a year of free golf at the Doe Valley Golf Course in 2021, which was won by Tony Brown. The 50/50 winner was Ed Stewart.
There were 45 sponsors of the various holes, and the event sponsor was VSB Home Inspections Building and Remodeling. Overall the Scramble was a huge success in helping to build up the scholarship fund for the Bucky Wayne Memorial.