A total of 32 teams participated in the 27th Annual St. James Board & Friends Golf Tournament held recently at Oak Meadow Country Club. Proceeds from the event benefit programs for the Boys & Girls Town of Missouri, St. James campus. Boys & Girls Town is a Great Circle Agency.
Phelps County Bank was the presenting sponsor. Silver sponsors were Mitchell Esquibel, DDS and Mobile on the Run.
Bronze sponsors included Furniture Express, Forest City Pharmacy, Grellner Sales & Services, Pepsi-Cola Bottling, Ed & Marilyn Schmidt and Walmart Distribution Center #6069.
The Country Mart Team of Glen Sapaugh Jr., Matt Arts, Doug Arts and John Stevens fired a score of 55 winning Championship with the Mid America Bank & Trust Team of Larry Hobbs, Ken Daugherty, Chad Saladin and Jason Corey placing second with a 56.
In A flight, the Results Radio Team of Lee Buhr, Roger Creighton, Brock Bouse and Steve Russell took first with a 63 with the Phelps County Regional Medical Center Team of Elis Hawkins, Robyn Wolfe, Bill Wieties, and Dr. Don James taking second also with a 63.
In B flight, the Town & Country Bank Team of Shad Becker, Shannon St. John, Ted Day and Tom Bahr placed first with a 68, and the Pepsi-Cola Team of Steve Bowles, Davis Haas, Steve Sowers and John Money took second, also with a 68.
“We are so appreciative of the folks who turn out for this event every year,” said the Director for Advancement Dale Martin. “Without them, we just couldn’t provide the much needed programs for these children and their families who have faced lots of bumps in the road.”
A continental breakfast was served to the teams prior to play. Lunches were delivered out on the course and the ever-popular dinner was a big hit again this year. The dinner featured a half slab of smoked baby-back ribs by Bill Kirgan, roasted corn on-the-cob eaten outside the clubhouse with plenty of butter, potato salad and Matt Sanders’ famous bread pudding.
Mark Schlemper , a former resident of the St. James Campus was the featured speaker for the event. Schlemper told his story of mistakes and questionable choices. “If it weren’t for Vince Hillyer, the counseling and caring I received on the St. James campus, I doubt that I would be alive today,” he said referring to Hillyer, now the CEO with Great Circle and formerly the President of Boys & Girls Town of Missouri, St. James.
Great Circle was created in 2009 through the merger of Boys & Girls Town of Missouri and Edgewood Children’s Center.
Last year the non-profit Great Circle agency, with four campuses in St. James, Columbia, Springfield and St. Louis, has touched the lives of more than 11,400 children and their families.
Schlemper is now employed with CARFAX in Columbia. He served in the military and is married with children. He spoke about the amazing people who guided him to make better decisions and stay on the right path.
Page 2 of 2 - “I’m a better person and a better father because of what I learned during my time at Boys & Girls Town,” he said.
The Boys & Girls Town of Missouri, St. James campus has three major fundraisers per year. The final fundraising event will be the 4th Annual Bags & Beads Luncheon and Silent Auction, set for Friday, October 19 at Matt’s Steakhouse.
Sponsorships are currently being sought. For more information contact Lonna Sowers, Advancement Coordinator at (573) 364-8600.