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          WEST PLAINS, Mo. – The 18th annual Grizzly Golf Classic Friday, June 7, at the West Plains Country Club was “the biggest and best” ever held, according to organizers.
          Tournament director and Dean of Student Services Dr. Herb Lunday said over $22,000 was raised to benefit the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Basketball and Volleyball programs for the upcoming seasons.
          “Thanks to a great group of volunteers who worked at various tournament tasks and the large number of people who golfed their hearts out on a beautiful day in our beloved Ozarks, this was the biggest and best Grizzly Golf Classic ever,” Lunday said.  “On one hand, it is true that we must have private sources of revenue to support our Grizzly Athletics program.  On the other hand, the Grizzly Golf Classic has become a signature event and a special treat on its own.”
          Tournament flight winners included Josh Kenyon, Mike Woods and Jordan Kinder, all of West Plains, who shot a 76 to win the Red Grizzly Flight; Larry Duffel, West Plains, Bryan Duffel, Memphis, Tenn., and Steven Duffel, Willard, Mo., who shot a 66 to win the Blue Grizzly Flight; and John Adams, West Plains, Ronnie Bryan, Pomona, and Kevin Osborn, Willow Springs, who shot a 60 to win the Trophy Grizzly Flight and the tournament overall.  Each golfer from the winning flight teams received a Nike driver.
          Traditional honors for the “Dead Last Team in the Entire Tournament” went to Rebecca Feston, Mountain Grove, Amanda Mooty, Seymour, and Jennifer Wiley, Hartville, who shot a 98 for the event.  Each received an Odyssey putter.
          Several individuals won prizes for shots made during the tournament.  Nick Pruitt, St. James, Mo., won a giant teddy bear for hitting the longest putt (20 feet) on Hole No. 3.  Bill Virdon, Springfield, won a Stihl string trimmer from Larson Farm & Lawn for hitting closest to the pin (3 feet) on Hole No. 6.  Dr. Richard Bowles, West Plains, received an Avari recumbent bike from Stamina Products for hitting the most accurate drive (1 foot from center line) on Hole No. 18.
          Many other participants recieved other prizes contributed by area merchants, and 12 players received Louisville Slugger baseball bats personally autographed by Major League Baseball great Bill Virdon.
          Lunday praised tournament committee members Jerry Womack, Carr Ward, Justin Mitchell, Josh Drummond, Paula Wiedemann and Yancey Walker for their efforts to ensure a successful tournament.
          Plans are already underway for the 19th annual Grizzly Golf Classic, which will take place Friday, June 6, 2014, at the West Plains Country Club, Lunday added.

–        News release prepared by University Communications 

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