Annual get-together is also a lot of fun for Taft High alumni
Once again Taft Union High School graduates gathered for golf, renewing old friendships and raising money for TUHS at the Moron Golf Tournament.
Tournament Director Brad Cross sent this report to the Taft Midway Driller:
Our ninth annual Moron Invitational Golf Tournament was our best one thus far.
We kicked it off with a must attend party at Larry and Chris Brown’s house, now located in Bakersfield. I counted over sixty people all raised in Taft with the exception of Marsha Eubank (the Athletic Director at T.U.H.S). We had great support from Buena Vista Golf Course owners Allen and Chad Sorensen and their families.
Our Friday “Shoot-a-Round” attracted over thirty players mostly raised in Taft. Low score of the day was a 70 thrown up by Mike Sturgeon (class of 1962).
Great job and thanks to Rich Miller for putting that together. We had one hundred and thirteen players, four beautiful “Moron Cart Girls” and some non golfers that just wanted to come out and share the fun, some from as far away as Texas and Washington and most of them were raised in Taft.
The Moron Invitational golf tournament is truly one of Taft’s most popular annual events that attract past and present students from as far back as 1937. The competition was as strong as it gets, but all in fun.
From the golf course we moved the party to OT’S Cookhouse in Taft hosted by the incredible Dominique Strand. She is the best! There we eat, pass out the awards, vote on issues and have our very successful raffle. The participants that were a big help this year were: Mike Garratt, Ron Cross, Scott Cross and Brian Cross. The big hitters that helped out with above average donations were: Bob Hampton, Donna Gill-Morrison, Doug Hall, Jim Simonson and Doug Wheeler. Thanks to all.
It’s the total that Counts, and we raised $3,510 (the highest amount ever) for the boys and girls golf teams which puts us over $21,400 to date! Also at the dinner we raised $457.00 for the “Taft All-Star Band” that has a planed trip in November to Washington D. C. for a performance. They still need a little help and the contact is Amanda Posey at 763-2300 (T.U.H.S.). You have to love the great people of Taft, past and present.
There are very few communities in the state that can pull this many golfers, friends and classmates back to their roots for a weekend of fun for nine straight years. Me, I was born and raised in this proud, wonderful little community and can’t think of anything I would rather do then help pull this off. My hat goes off to our participants, fans and supporters and we can promise our tenth will be very special.
Among other things, we will honor our fallen comrades that proudly participated in our fund raiser and are now teeing it up in Heaven. Thank you. Brad cross
The winners were determined by a 50 yard chip off for both gross and net Games.
Here are the winners:
Gross score winners with a “62” (-10) were: Mike Goodwin, Bill Davis, Robert Lippert and John Lippert.
John Lippert put his 50 yard shot just below the hole for the win.
Net score winners with a “60” were: Keith McElmurry, Jerry Barton, Bill White and Greg Lumpkin.
Keith McElmurry put his 50 yard shot in there just below the hole for the win.
A & B Player long drive contest was won by Steve Haskins with a drive over 300 yards. Wow!
C & D Player long drive contest was won by Trice Harvey II
Closest to hole A&B players: Hole 2---Gordon Kennedy (5 ft.). Hole 6---Eddie Martin (5ft. 3in.).
Hole 13---Buddy Binkley (2ft. 4in.). Hole 17---Brad Cross (5ft).
Closest to hole C&D Players: Hole 2---Ed Gaither (10f.). Hole 6---Brian Cross (5ft. 1in.).
Hole 13---Jeff Cooper (10ft 5in.). Hole 17---Larry Roberson (14ft. 8in.)
Our Putting contest was won by Jim Kosloski and folks he made them all.
Congratulation to all and we can't wait until next year. Go Wildcats!