When local golfers gathered at the Ridges Golf Club on Saturday, September 26, for Good Shepherd Episcopal Church's second annual Charity Golf Outing, they beat cloudy skies and also broke last year's record for participation. This year 39 men and women played in the best-ball tournament, and 102 people dinner afterwards. In addition, 29 local sponsors provided support. According to co-chairmen Kanute Rarey and Jim Redmond, the charity event was a rousing success that will inspire plans for next year's third annual event.
At the dinner afterwards, Rarey presented both team and individual awards. The winning team was made up of Jim Ackerly, Mike Cook, and John Whamsley. Second place went to the team of Dave Larson, Guy Hunter, Burch Criss, and Doug Stuart, who is not only a longtime Good Shepherd parishioner but also treasurer of the Men's Golf League at Chatuge Shores.
Outstanding among the women players was Kathy Fauscett, daughter of Good Shepherd members Becky Harrison and the late Jim Harrison. Kathy, a former Hayesville High School basketball player who helped HHS win a state championship, took the women's prizes for longest drive and closest to the pin. Catherine Clark was introduced as the honorary chairwoman of the golf outing and recognized for her lifelong support of the game.
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, which is located at 495 Herbert Hills Drive just east of Walgreens, has a tradition of combining fun, food, and fellowship with efforts to improve the community. This year the proceeds from the golf outing will help expand physical facilities at the church to allow for more accessibility for all members of the community who attend the church or attend one of the many events held there. For more information about Good Shepherd's programs, see the website: www.goodshepherdhayesville.org.