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4th Annual SOKY Golf Classic Set for May 15
Gibson Bay in Richmond Again Hosts Summer Games Fundraiser
Gibson Bay
The Ball Drop was added to the SOKY Golf Classic for the first time this year.

Gibson Bay Gold Course in Richmond will host the SOKY Golf Classic for the fourth consective year on Friday, May 15. The event is an annual fundraiser for the Special Olympics Kentucky State Summer Games, which are held at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond each June.

This year's Classic will once again be a morning scramble with plenty of extras. The day will include a marshmallow long drive contest, putting contest and an opportunity to play part of a hole with a Special Olympics athlete golfer, as well as the usually golf outing contests and givaways.

For the second year in a row, the day will include a golf ball drop. Players can purchase golf balls just like raffle tickets. The balls will be dropped out of a bucket above the practice green. The first ball to roll into the designated hole, or the ball closest to the hole if none go in wins a gas grill donated by Lowe's.

The cost for the SOKY Golf Classic is $500 per foursome,which includes breakfast, lunch and a goodie bag. Other sponsorship levels are also available.

Golfer check-in is at 8 am, the golf ball drop will take place at 8:45 and the shotgun start is at 9.

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

While golfers dodged the forecasted rain for the day at last year's 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.

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

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.

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.




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