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2016 Golf Classic

11th Annual Jimmy Johnson Memorial Golf Classic to be held Friday, October 7, at Arrowhead Pointe

Representing the Jimmy Johnson family at the 11th Annual Jimmy Johnson Memorial Golf Classic were (front, L-R) Clay Johnson, Vickie Johnson, Conner Johnson, Shirley Johnson, Brooke Rice Shepherd, Kim Johnson Rice holding granddaughter Sadie Rae Hudson, Travis Rice, Clarke Johnson; (back, L-R) AT&T Area Manager-External Affairs Stan Shepherd, Steve Johnson, David Shepherd, Foundation Chair Chris Smith, Hospital CEO Brandon Clary and Greg Johnson.

The 11th Annual Jimmy Johnson Memorial Golf Classic was held on Friday, October 7, at Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course at Richard B. Russell State Park. Elbert Memorial Hospital Foundation Golf Chair Jim Hulme expressed appreciation to the golfers and community who have continually supported this golf tournament. Hospital CEO Brandon Clary thanked everyone for their support of the Hospital and especially for the Foundation and the Jimmy Johnson family for their support of the Lake Russell Specialty Healthcare Services through the Jimmy Johnson Endowment.

AT&T Area Manager - External Affairs Stan Shepherd said in his opening remarks, "AT&T is proud to be Presenting Sponsor of this tournament every year and to honor the life and memory of Jimmy Johnson. This community has been so supportive of this tournament, and we are proud to be associated with it every year."

EMH Foundation Chair Chris Smith said, "The Elbert Memorial Hospital Foundation continues to have the largest and most successful tournament in the community, and this year was no different. The tournament was completely sold out a month before the event, and we had a maximum number of teams. We raised $23,000, and everyone had a great day of golf benefiting the Elbert Memorial Hospital Foundation. We are extremely grateful for the overwhelming support we receive from the community."

The Jimmy Johnson Endowment was created in 2006 by BellSouth and its employees with additional donations received from family and friends. Proceeds from the eleven Jimmy Johnson Memorial Golf Classics have helped further grow the Jimmy Johnson Endowment, supporting the Mission of Elbert Memorial Hospital. The Jimmy Johnson Endowment has grown to over $200,000. This year the Jimmy Johnson Family committed $100,000 to support the Lake Russell Specialty Healthcare Services, Physicians' support and Hospital needs.

The 1st place team for 1st Flight was the Elberton Federal Savings and Loan Team made up of Jake Baker, Daniel Graves, Kyle Branan and Jake Smith.

The 2nd place team for 1st Flight was the McDonald's of Elberton Team made up of Rick Rehak, Garrett Bailey, Dillon Bowers and Terry Shugart.

The 1st place team for 2nd Flight was the A.Q. Stone Design Team made up of Allen Wilder, Michael Hughes, Matt Dunbrack and Quinn Floyd.

The 2nd place team for the 2nd Flight was The Georgian Press Team made up of Kevin Ferguson, Jeremy Ginn, John Carter, and Steve Ginn.

Steve Banks was the winner of the Straightest Drive to the marked line on Hole #11 and won a Round of Golf for 4 at Arrowhead. Jim Hulme was the winner of the Closest to the Pin on Hole #15 and won a $50 Gift Certificate to Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course. Sandy Thornton was the winner of the Longest Drive on Hole #18 and won a $50 Gift Certificate to Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course.

The Elbert Memorial Hospital Foundation extends a special thank you to our Presenting Sponsor AT&T for honoring the life and memory of Jimmy Johnson in 2006 with the changing of the name of the Golf Classic and the establishment of the Jimmy Johnson Endowment which supports the Mission of Elbert Memorial Hospital. Proceeds from this tournament will further grow The Jimmy Johnson Endowment.

We wish to thank our Partners in Health Sponsors: Cable East, Inc., Hospital MD, and Source One Engineering and our Tournament Patrons AnMed Health, Imex, and Mollertech.

We are grateful to Jim Burnette and Hospital MD for being our Box Lunch Sponsor, Franklin Whitworth and Merrill Lynch for being our Gift Sponsor with the donation of golf ball sleeves, and Rod's Sign and Neon Company for their assistance with the banner and signs.

We appreciate the support from this year's Tournament Sponsors: Brady Builders, Inc., Dixon, Hughes, Goodman, LLP, Eagle Granite Company, Elberton Federal Savings and Loan Association, Encompass, The Georgian Press, Hillcrest Granite, Johnson Machine Shop, McDonald's of Elberton, The Medical Center of Elberton, Pinnacle Bank, SLABCO, and Star Granite Company.

We express our thanks to our numerous Corporate and Hole and Tee Sponsors:

Corporate Sponsors: Athens Technical College, Better IT Solutions,

Hole Sponsors: A1 Tire, Amedisys Hospice Care, American Pest, Andrews and Smith, Berry Funeral Home, Bicknell Supply, Eddie and Joe Campbell, DDS, Diamond Cut and Polish, Elbert Insurance, Elberton Granite Association, Elberton Lions Club, EvansWinn Company, Franklin Insurance Agency, Galen Mills Monument, Hart EMC, Jamie Callaway, Ken Sanders, CPA, Lake Russell Building Supply, Robert Leverett, Attorney at Law, Madden's Pharmacy, Magistrate Lanie Simmons, Magnolia Estates, McGee Heating and Air, Piedmont Pathology, Rotary Club of Elberton, John and Susan Sexton, Sharp Business Systems, Sheriff Melvin Andrews, Stan's Music, Jack Fricks - State Farm Insurance, Steve Jenkins, Attorney at Law, State Representative Tom McCall, Turner Concrete, Verdict Services, Walker Granite Company, Ward's Pharmacy, Whitlow Electric, and WSGC Radio.

We appreciate the donated items from AnMed Health (water bottles), Elbert Memorial Hospital (chapsticks), Pinnacle Bank (tees), Regions Bank (divots, tees, and bottles of water), Northeast Georgia Bank (crackers, bottle openers and bags).

We wish to thank the Foundation's Golf Committee consisting of Golf Chair Jim Hulme, Foundation Chair Chris Smith, Chad Brown, Sid Gailey, and Clay Johnson for their assistance with this tournament.

Finally, we want to thank Barry Johnson and the Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course staff for being so supportive and accommodating with our tournament every year.

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