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3rd Annual Walmart SOKY Golf Classic
Golf Ball Drop Adds to the fun at 2014 event
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The Ball Drop was added to the Walmart-SOKY Golf Classic for the first time this year.

While golfers dodged the forecasted rain for the day at the third annual Walmart-SOKY Golf Classic, there were about 200 golf balls that came pouring down in the event’s first-ever "golf ball drop," hosted by Walmart, Lowe’s and Sunbelt Rentals.

After a two-week postponement, 102 golfers came out to support Special Olympics Kentucky in the event held at Gibson Bay Golf Course in Richmond. The event got underway with a 7 a.m. registration and breakfast provided by Bimbo Bakeries of Richmond. The Golf Ball Drop was held before tee off with each participant buying a golf ball, having it numbered and placed in a bucket. The bucket was then hoisted up in the Sunbelt lift and Lowe’s Manager Joe Bryant dumped the balls from about 30 feet in the air. The closest one to the hole was the winner of a gas grill donated by Lowe’s. Justin Moore, with Mike’s Hard Lemonade, was the winner. A shotgun start followed at 8 a.m. and for the third year in a rown O’Charley’s restaurant provided lunch for everyone.

While players were on the course, there were a number of additional ways for them to support Special Olympics. Forcht Bank sponsored a Marshmallow Drive, where for a contribution, golfers could compete to see who could hit a marshmallow the farthest. Scott Miller, with the MooShine Beer Cheese team, won this contest. Walmart contributed a number of items that were raffled off, including grills and golf bags, among others. New this year, Dixon Golf, also held a driver challenge on the course and gave away golf balls.

The winners of the third annual Walmart-SOKY Golf Classic were the team from Moo-Shine Beer Cheese from Versailles, Kentucky.

SOKY President Trish Mazzoni and
athlete Wake Mullins address the golfers before tee off.

We want to thank all of the event-day sponsors including Walmart; Mike’s Hard Lemonade, who was the presenting sponsor this year; Ale-8-One; Bimbo Bakeries, who provided breakfast; Coca-Col;, Forcht Bank; Lewis Bakeries; Sid Adams Pontiac, who sponsored the hole-in-one hole; Krispy Kreme, who also provided breakfast; O'Charley's, who brought lunch; BEI; MooShine Beer Cheese; Kentucky Eagle; Pepsi, Coca-Cola; Dr. Pepper Snapple Group; Clark Distributing; Nabisco; Positively Java, who provided coffee for breakfast; and Sunbelt Rentals, who provided the lift for the Golf Ball Drop.

For more information about the 2014 Walmart-SOKY Golf Classic or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities for 2015, contact Jayna Oakley of Special Olympics Kentucky at 800-633-7403 or joakley@soky.org or Tony Bryant at 502-667-0547.




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