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Full field helps full tummies

Hook’s Bar-B-Q team of Barry Champion, John Tomberlin, Aaron Barton and owner Whitney Jones took first place in the 2nd Annual Full Tummy Project Golf Tournament at the Andalusia Country Club. Proceeds from the tournament go to helping give school children meals on weekends during the school year. The Fully Tummy Project helps feed more than 200 children in five schools in Covington County.

Hook’s Bar-B-Q team of Barry Champion, John Tomberlin, Aaron Barton and owner Whitney Jones took first place in the 2nd Annual Full Tummy Project Golf Tournament at the Andalusia Country Club. Proceeds from the tournament go to helping give school children meals on weekends during the school year. The Fully Tummy Project helps feed more than 200 children in five schools in Covington County.

Many golfers from around Covington County participated in the 2nd Annual Full Tummy Project at the Andalusia Country Club on Monday.

“We had 17 teams of four golfers this year, which was up from last year,” Katie King said. “It has just been a great turnout this year.”

The Full Tummy Project helps keep children feed during the school year.

“What we do is we send the kids home with food for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the weekend during the school year,” King said. “Everything that we get from this will go towards the project. This is becoming a very important event for us and we get about one-third of our yearly income from this.”

King said that the sponsorships this year were outstanding.

“We had a ton of sponsors this year,” King said. “Everything out here was sponsored by somebody, and that’s great.”

This year’s tournament was also done in memorial to Jon Sellers who passed away earlier in the year.

Ryan Cross gets a read of the green before attempting a birdie putt.

Ryan Cross gets a read of the green before attempting a birdie putt.

King said that Sellers was a big advocate for the Full Tummy Project.

“It’s because of volunteers like Mr. Sellers that we are able to do this,” King said.

The 17 four-golfer teams had various things they could employ to help lower their score.

They were given the option to buy mulligans and also up to 20 feet of string that could be used to extend a shot without using an additional stroke.

Teams could also choose to pay an additional fee to have former AHSAA Class 4A Boys golf state champion Brooks Rabren to hit a shot for their team. Rabren is currently a freshman on the University of South Alabama Jaguars golf team.

The players took the field for a shotgun start just after 1 p.m., and battled it out on the course.

Hook’s Bar-B-Q team of Barry Champion, John Tomberlin, Aaron Barton and Whitney Jones topped the leader board in the tournament with a staggering 20-under par.

Ben Brannon, Alex Short, Jordan Maynor and Hunter Hobson tied with CDG’s team for second place.

Mark Chambers, Alex Short, Jason Thrower and Cole Bush each won a prize for closet to the pin.

Billy Bergfeld and Jordan Maynor won the long drive holes.