Duffer's Alley

Duffers Alley Week of June 25

Michael L. Nelson, Sr., Esq.

Hats off to the Cleveland Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Incorporated on its 31st Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament. In spite of threatening weather, 106 golfers teed it up at Pleasant Hills Golf Course on June 18, 2014 in Chardon, Ohio.

This is one tournament dear to this writer in that I am a member of this dynamic fraternity. Dr. James Greene and his committee including Dr. M.T. Miller, Linwood Smith, Larry Saunders, Sam Parrish, Bill Stewart and Lawton Griffen made sure that every participant had an enjoyable golf experience and that the event went off without a hitch.

Pleasant Hills as the name implies is a challenging layout made more difficult by the rolling terrain that dominates Geauga County in the eastern Ohio foothills. But when golfers of the caliber of Ron Moss, James Cody, Dr. Julian and Bob Black show up, the golf course is at the mercy of the players.

At the end of the day, the cloudy skies gave way to bright sunshine and for the second year in a row the low gross winner was Arthur “Chili” Childress, who shot a sizzling 73. Can he complete the three-peat? We’ll have to wait until next year to find out.

Other winners include Jermaine Bennett who took home the A flight trophy after shooting 76. Scores for B-Flight winner, James Cody, C-Flight winner, Robert Johnson, Senior Flight winner, Dr. M.T. Miller and Women’s flight winner, Brenda Whitley were not available at press time.

As we reported over the last few weeks, the Greater Cleveland Junior Scholarship Golf Fund held its annual tournament at the Stonewater Golf Course, on Monday, June 23, 2014. With a full field of golfers, this tournament with a purpose is one of the premier events of any golf season. Funds raised by the GCJGSF have supported scores of young people in their quest for a college education. Joyce Shinn and her team of volunteers really know how to put on a first class event. Dr. Julian Earls who served as the Honorary Chairman for the tournament says that this is one event he has no hesitation in supporting.

This year’s winner was the team of James Chandler, Thomas Roper, Eric Payne and Randy Keller, Sr., who represented the Cleveland Chapter of the National Negro Golf Association. Not only were they the most dapper team, but they shot a 16 under par score of 55 from the Gold tees (6674 yards). We’ll have more about this tournament in next week’s column.

Until then, keep it in the short grass and go take a lesson.