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The Captain’s Choice format provides golfers of all ages the chance to compete for team, as well as individual prizes. Prizes are awarded to the top three teams as well as winners for closest to the pin, the longest drive, and the putting contest. At the conclusion of the tournament, a dinner is served to all the participants.

The 2017 Tournament

Beautiful weather, a competitive field, a close finish, and a tribute to a friend highlighted play at the 16th Annual Matt Blackwell Foundation Golf Tournament held on Saturday, April 22nd at the Lancaster Golf Club. The top 4 teams ended up within one stroke of each other in the 25 team field. The foursome of TJ Yarborough, Patrick Crawford, Ryland Pond, and Andrew Price were crowned 2017 Champions finishing with a score of 50.1. Runner-up honors went to the team of Heath Brewer, Emily Cox, Shane Brewer, and Jerry Purdue. Coming in a close third was Donald Kirkley, Steve Seller, Kris Self, and Garrett Plyler. “It was special that two of Matt’s close friends, TJ and Patrick, were on this year’s winning team”, noted Larry Blackwell, Matt’s father. “That has happened on several occasions during the 16 years of this tournament and it always means just a little more to those guys. It was an awesome gesture when this foursome donated their winnings back to the Matt Blackwell Foundation”, Blackwell added. “I think it shows what our tournament and our foundation is about and the heart of the wonderful people who support us. This golf tournament is a wonderful vehicle to not only raise funds for our Foundation, but to remember Matt in such a special way. He loved the game of golf and spent many hours at the Lancaster Golf Club. For my wife, Jan, and I this is one of our favorite days of the year”, Blackwell concluded.
Other winners in this year’s tournament included Cherie Walters, Lane Small, Kris Self, and Josh Newsome who all took closest to the pin honors. The longest drive champions were Gary McGinley (Men’s), Emily Cox (Women’s), and Jerry Pardue (Seniors). The “Friends of Matt” Putting Contest winner was Skip Small.
The Matt Blackwell Foundation was established in 2001. Since its inception, it has been involved in many programs and projects to help Lancaster County’s youth, especially with its scholarship program. Just recently, The Matt Blackwell Foundation Endowment Scholarship was established at Clemson University. The foundation also awards the Players Player Scholarship to a freshman on the USC Lancaster baseball team and has done so since the Lancers first season.
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The 2017 Teams

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The 2016 Tournament

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The TEAMS

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More photos of our 2016 Tournament  

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The 2015 Tournament

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