Team Peterson wins SGTC Jets Booster Club Sparky Reeves Golf Tournament
The Team Peterson team of Chandler Studdard, Corey Stallings, and Bray Bishop won the coveted “Red Jackets” when they captured first place in the seventh annual South Georgia Technical College Jets Booster Club Sparky Reeves Golf Tournament held at the Griffin Bell Golf and Conference Center in Americus, Georgia.
Team Peterson had a one stroke advantage over four teams that all posted the same scores on the 18-hole course. The Hooks-Simmons team of Rhett Simmons, Brian Simmons, and William Rambo came in second place after the tie breaker and then the Synovus team of Buddy Guth, Jason Evans, and Jodie Hays finished in third place. The other two teams that were edged out of the second and third place finishes were the Magnolia Manor team of Steven Avant, Todd Studdard, and Jack Bass and Jimmy Windham’s team which included Windham, Jayson Griffin, and Scotty Tarver.
“I would like to thank everyone who came out and played in the South Georgia Technical College Jets Booster Club Sparky Reeves Golf Tournament this year,” said South Georgia Technical College President Dr. John Watford. “We all appreciate what Sparky Reeves has done for South Georgia Tech and this community and this is a great way to support and give back to the Jets and Lady Jets basketball teams.”
SGTC President Emeritus Sparky Reeves thanked Dr. Watford for his kind comments and also thanked all of the teams and the players for coming out to play golf and support the Jets and Lady Jets basketball teams. “This is a great day and I appreciate your support of South Georgia Tech and the Jets and Lady Jets. You are making a difference.”
The Synovus team led by Buddy Guth, Jason Evans, and Jodie Hayes won the 2020 tournament and were the first group to win “Red Jackets” as the grand prize. They were only one stroke back of the winners in 2021. TSG took first place in the 2019 tournament with Brandon Horne, Kory Hobbs and Gatewood Ledbetter. Georgia Southwestern State University Foundation was the 2018 tournament champion. Karl Booker and the Harrod Tree team won in 2017 and 2016 and the Hooks Agency was the winner in the inaugural tournament in 2015.
South Georgia Technical College President Emeritus Sparky Reeves, who played in the tournament with his son, Kevin Reeves and his grandson Will Reeves, said, “I am humbled by the turnout and the support. I want to thank everyone who had a part in making this a reality this year and for the last six years. I would also like to encourage everyone to come out and watch the Jets and Lady Jets. I think you will be impressed.”
South Georgia Technical College Athletic Director and Lady Jets head coach James Frey was very pleased with the turnout. “We are so appreciative of the support that we receive from each of you and from the community as a whole,” said Coach Frey. “This was a great day and I would like to thank Dr. Watford and Sparky Reeves for what they mean to me, our college, our basketball program and this community. We are very appreciative of them and their service and support.”
Thirty-four teams signed up to participate in the three-person scramble which featured a shotgun start, longest drive, and closest to the pin contest in addition to prizes for the top three teams. SGTC Board of Directors member Michael Coley won the prize for the longest drive and Jason Evans of Synovus won the closest to the Pin prize. Scott Payne won the Big Screen TV prize, SGTC Foundation board member Mike Donnelly won a Lake Package and Buddy Guth captured the 50/50 raffle prize.
In addition to the teams who participated in the tournament, there were a number of hole sponsors that supported including: Sumter Broadcasting, Gammage Print Shop, Georgia Power, Barry and Tami Blount, In Memory of Julian Webb, Sam & Reba Hunter, Flint Ag & Turf, Southland Academy, Dr. Lou Riccardi, William Bailey State Farm, Easterlin Pecan, Roman Over, Dan Torbert, Synovus Bank, Buddy & Cherilyn Guth, Wally and Brenda Summers, Mitsubishi Trane Electric, The Harrod Group, The Maze, Clinic Drug Store, Parkers Heating & Air, Terri A. Battle Avon Independent Representative, Miller Auto Parts (NAPA) Gatewood Flowers, Pineland, Magnolia Manor, Draw Products, Perry Brothers, GSW Foundation, Ryan and Mandy Young, Minick Interiors, Factory Direct Marine & RV, Whaley Realty, Café Campesino, The Cirkus, Accelerated Physical Therapy, and Hooks Simmons Agency.