Racing 4 Literacy Golf Tournament a success

The Second Annual Racing 4 Literacy golf tournament, hosted by Morgan-McClure Motorsports, proved to be a success once again. The golf outing, held on August 24 at Glen Rochie Country Club in Abingdon, Va., lured over 100 players in an...

The Second Annual Racing 4 Literacy golf tournament, hosted by Morgan-McClure Motorsports, proved to be a success once again. The golf outing, held on August 24 at Glen Rochie Country Club in Abingdon, Va., lured over 100 players in an effort to raise money for the Racing 4 Literacy program. Established at the beginning of the 1998 school year, Racing 4 Literacy has grown at a fast pace. The program is set up on an incentive basis to enhance reading and writing skills, through racing, for fourth and fifth grade students. Since the program's inception, over 2200 students have participated. They must sign contracts to read a certain number of books and then write book reports pertaining to each book read. Once the student completes a contract successfully, they receive an autographed postcard from Morgan-McClure, a racing poster and a specially designed T-shirt. Racing 4 Literacy is a nonprofit, tax exempt organization, which is completely funded by donations and funding through golf tournament proceeds. The program currently reaches over 30 schools in Virginia and Tennessee, with hopes of expanding into other states by the beginning of the 2001 school year. Bobby Hamilton, driver of the No. 4 Kodak MAX Film Chevrolet, was present during the awards reception. Danny Gill, crew chief, and pit crew members Lonnie Hill and Robert Larkins were also able to break away from the race shop to play a round. Also present were Rusty Wallace, driver of the No. 2 Penske Ford and his brother, Kenny Wallace, who pilots the No. 55 Monte Carlo. The Wallace brothers rode around the golf course with Morgan-McClure team owner Larry McClure and took a swing for several different teams. Players were more than happy to give up a shot to the surprise golfers. Leonard Wood, part owner of the Wood Brothers racing team, along with radio and television personalities, Barney Hall (MRN), Doug Rice (PRN) and Alan Bestwick (MRN & TNN) were on hand for a day of golfing fun. Personalties from the print media that participated included, Monte Dutton (Gaston Gazette, FasTrack, motorsports author), David Poole (Charlotte Observer, thatsracin.com, motorsports author), Jim McLaurin (The State Newspaper, NMPA President) and Jack Flowers (Speedway Scene). "I would like to thank all of the sponsors and players for participating in a worthwhile event. Several corporations and race teams donated really nice door prizes and auction items which helped us raise much needed funds for the program, " Ginny McClure, Director of Racing 4 Literacy, said. "We had 108 players. Several of them told me after the tournament they had the best time ever playing golf. Not only do we raise money for a good cause, but we bring people together for some relaxing fun. I hope the success of this program will continue to grow in the future."

WINNERS Kodak Film Championship Flight 1st place winners were: Gary Fisher, John Sullivan, Bruce Coakley and Stan Barrs. 2nd place winners were: Dan Donnelly, Larry Bales, Mike Patrick, Nookie Green. 3rd place winners: Wayne Taylor, Mark Taylor, Jim Servies, Tom Payne.

Forward Air First Flight 1st place winners were: Derek Stafford, Bob Gunn, David Oakley and Terry Mullins. 2nd place winners were Mike Abbot, Ed Jennings, Joe Salyer and Mike Hillman. 3rd place winners: Tony Overbay, David Hayter, Charlie Skeens and Jeff Schaffer.

Dana Second Flight 1st place winners were: Chad Cecil, Michael Royal, Jason Smith and Travis Smith. 2nd place winners were: Matt Shy, Dan Crowe, Andy Lowe, Thomas Dene. 3rd place winners were: Jack Flowers, David Poole, Doug Rice and Roger Benton.

Closest to the pin was Bruce Coakley. Arnold Ashby won Longest Drive.

For more information on Racing 4 Literacy, please contact Ginny McClure at 540-628-3683.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Rusty Wallace , Mark Taylor , Kenny Wallace , Wayne Taylor