On April 27th, 2016 the Grand Lodge of South Carolina hosted the fourteenth annual Grand Lodge Golf Tournament at Bonnie Brae Golf Course in Greenville, SC as part of the 279th Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient Free Masons of South Carolina. This event was a success due to the participation of 31 players from across South Carolina and from visiting brethren from other Grand Jurisdictions. The proceeds from the tournament were $ 1,847.06 for the Grand Lodge Building Fund. The Grand Lodge Golf Tournament has raised over $ 29,303 from this “Fun Raiser” but more importantly, the fellowship and fun have been excellent.
The tournament was primarily supported by a several Masonic Organizations and individuals. As part of the sponsorship agreement the following sponsors are listed in appreciation of their support and to record their participation for future ages. Listed alphabetically they were
Grand Master Sponsors $ 250 and Above
Columbia Scottish Rite Bodies
G.R. Mike Harman, 33°
Spartanburg Scottish Rite Bodies
Tournament Sponsors $ 100 - $ 249
Blue Ridge #92 & Seneca # 185
Cayce Lodge # 384 AFM
Cayce Lodge #462, Loyal Order of Moose
Landrum Lodge # 278 AFM
Rock Hill Scottish Rite Bodies
MIGM Tommie Blackwood, GCRSM
Ill. Michael D. Smith, 33 SGIG , Scottish Rite
Vance Lodge # 230 AFM
Tournament Patron $ 75 - $ 99
Star Lodge # 99
Keowee Lodge # 79 AFM
Blue Ridge # 92 AFM and Seneca Lodge # 185
Star Lodge # 99 AFM
Hope Lodge #126 AFM
Landrum Lodge # 278 AFM
Spartanburg AFM Club
Jay Pearson / Tommie Blackwood / Robert Saverance / Jerry Hill
The winning team was from the Hope Lodge # 126 in a 4 hole playoff with Star Lodge # 99, Both Teams had a gross score of 63. The team members were R.W Bro. David Barnett, W. Bro. C.B. Lenard, W. Bro. Bobby Yon and W. Bro. Frankie Allen. This team will retain the beautiful Grand Lodge Cup for one year and also won the Tournament Championship plaques as the low gross scoring team. They were recognized at the Friday session of Grand Lodge.
Blue Ridge Lodge # 92 and Seneca Lodge # 185, posted the Gross Score of 65 net 45 to win the First Flight plaques. Players were Wor. Bro. Ty Bowling, Wor. Bro. Jeremy Reed, Bro. Terry Reed, Sr. and Bro. Sean Jones.
W.B. Bro. Terry Reed, Wor. Bro. Jerry Hill, Bro. CB Lenard were awarded closest to the pin prizes as well.
MW and Ill. Ronald C. Mitchum, 33° PGM recorded his first Hole in One, the Golfers Dream Shot, with a great shot into the Par 12th Hole. His shot landed short, bounced and disappeared. The Ace was recorded with the Pro Shop and recognized with a Closest to the pin prize and a dozen balls.
All the Grand Masters Sponsors were presented plaques of appreciation by the Grand Lodge Golf Committee for their sponsorship at the Friday session of the Grand Lodge.
Make plans to either join the fellowship or consider a sponsorship for our great fraternity in the upcoming 2017 tournament. We look forward to having the
Hope Lodge # 126 team defending their title when we tee it up again in the 2017 Grand Lodge Golf Tournament to be held in Greenville, SC.
Grand Lodge Golf Committee
RW Bro. Michael D. Smith, PDDGM Landrum Lodge # 278
Wor. Bro. Robbie Edwards, PM Landrum Lodge # 278
RW Bro. Jim Scott, PDDGM Greenville AASR Valley