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Insight Charity Tournament seeking big field, big prize fund for Terrapin Hills tourney, LeCroy makes Boys State cut, Brown new Weaver coach

By East Alabama Sports Today

Ted Tedder has played in and enjoyed numerous charity golf scrambles over the years, but he’s learning it’s a different kind of animal putting one together.

“That’s the understatement of the year,” he said.

Tedder, a publisher of Daybreak Media, is putting together the inaugural Insight Magazine Charity Golf Tournament to benefit Wounded Warrior of Alabama.

Sponsors rushed to support the four-man scramble almost as soon as it was announced. Now, organizers are working to build the field.

The event is scheduled for Aug. 12 at Silver Lakes. Registration fee prior to Aug. 1 is $85 per player plus $15 for a mulligan/power drive package that also enters players in a drawing for a 55-inch television). After Aug. 1 the entry fee increases to $100 and premium package goes to $20.

Among the other novelties being offered include a 50-50 raffle, a variety of door prizes and three players chosen at random to take 165-yard fairway shots for a million-dollar prize. Tedder is hoping to draw between 25 and 30 teams for the inaugural event.

“I’ve enjoyed playing in them and being a marketing guy it was kind of one of the things I always wanted to do for our company,” Tedder said. “I just wanted to have an annual tournament that goes to a good charity. It’s just always been kind of a dream of mine.”

He chose the date because he wanted to be in front of the football season and not around any established tournament like the Sunny King Charity Classic. He chose Wounded Warrior Alabama to support because two of his friends are wounded veterans who have worked to promote the program. He emphasized all the proceeds will go to statewide families.

Tedder describes himself as a “fair to midland” golfer who tries to play one weekend out of every three. He has played in the Sunny King Charity Classic.

“It’s definitely easier to go play in them (than organizing them), but it’s been a lot of fun as well,” he said. “I’m definitely going to have a deeper appreciation now when I go play in one knowing how the wheels are greased and what happens when you actually get in there.”

For entry details call Tedder at 831-8533.

NEXT ON THE TEE: Entries are now being accepted for the third annual Saints Golf Tournament, Aug. 19 at Terrapin Hills CC in Fort Payne. Entry fee for the two-man, blue-tee event that benefits Adamsburg Christian Academy is $400 per team. A lucrative prize pool is being offered. For details call Jordan Bethune (503-7954), Ray Bethune (996-8358) or Terrapin Hills (845-4624). … Greg Logan and Bo Blackwell both shot 73 to share low gross honors at Tuesday’s Southeastern Seniors event at Pine Tree. The next event is Monday at Silver Lakes. Call or text 256-613-9696 for details.

BOYS STATE JUNIOR: Donoho’s Jacob LeCroy followed his opening-round 66 with a 2-over-par 74 Wednesday and survived the cut for the 72nd Boys State Junior at Goose Pond in Scottsboro.

He is tied for 14th – 4-under 140 — four shots behind a four-way tie for lead. He was the only Calhoun County player to make the cut.

The incoming junior hit the ball well again, but had trouble reading the greens and putted “awful.” He had five looks at birdie on the back but couldn’t convert any and had seven lip-outs in the round. He was 2-over after back-to-back bogeys on 5 and 6 – with a birdie he hit “to a point I couldn’t physically miss it” — then parred every hole coming home.

“Not making any bogeys the last 12, 13 holes was good, but I knew I had to grind because if I didn’t I knew I wouldn’t make any putt outside three feet,” LeCroy said. “The last nine holes I told myself to fire away; I had all the confidence.”

LeCroy will wrap up the tournament Thursday at 8:20 a.m. with Donoho teammate Harrison Hughston on the bag. Hughston shot 82 Wednesday and missed the cut at 159. Calhoun County champion Cameron McCareeth (162), Nathan Griffin (163) and Charlie Smith (166) also missed the cut.

Hoover’s Ethan Hagood shot a bogey-free 64 in one of the earliest groups and shares the second-round lead at 8-under 136 with Florence’s Ike Alexander, Mobile’s Andrew Graves and Birmingham’s John Snoddy

NEW COACH: Justin Brown is the new Weaver High School golf coach, effectively landing his dream job.

Brown worked with the Bearcats golfers last season and after recently coming aboard as a Weaver math teacher was given the chance to take the golf team after Randy Haynes stepped down. He will remain an assistant wrestling coach.

He has been driven to make the program viable ever since hearing someone in the County Tournament coaches meeting suggest only two teams were there to compete (White Plains and Alexandria on the girls side, White Plains and Donoho on the boys side) and the rest were there to have fun.

His plan includes finding a quality practice facility and ramp-up the program’s schedule.

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