By Conrad Dudderar
Senior Staff Writer
About 100 golfers from across the state enjoyed some friendly competition at an eighth annual benefit that raised more than $7,000 for Yukon fire victims and firefighters.
The 2020 Yukon Firefighters Golf Tournament was July 24 at Winter Creek Golf & Country Club in Blanchard.
“We had 23 teams and we raised a little over $7,000,” said Yukon Fire Corp. Jeremy Goodrich. “A big shout-out to all the businesses in Yukon during these trying times.
“We could not have done it without the support of the great people of Yukon.”
That included hole sponsors, golfers and door prize contributors.
First place was Team Chenoweth with second place going to Norman Fire and third to BJ’s Oilfield. Closest to pin winner was Andrew Davis and longest drive winner was Jessa Johnson.
Goodrich and his fellow golf tournament organizers, Sgt. Brent Weaver and Corp. Brandon Stephens, were delayed in their preparations for the event due to a certain pandemic.
The 2019 tournament featured 32 teams, and the golf course wanted to limit this year’s entries to no more than 25 teams.
The 23 teams that participated this time included representatives of five different fire departments: Yukon, Oklahoma City, Norman, Edmond, and Elk City. Both active and retired firefighters hit the links.
Tournament proceeds will be used for community outreach projects and to buy supplies and/or equipment at the Yukon fire station, according to Goodrich.
Yukon firefighters offer relief to victims of house fires by securing food, clothing and shelter during their time of loss.
They also provide toys and meals at Christmastime for less-fortunate children in the Yukon community.
This was the fifth year the Yukon Firefighters Golf Tournament has been at Winter Creek, which Goodrich described as a “great course.”
The four-man scramble featured a catered lunch, cash prizes for the top three teams, prizes for longest drive and closest to the pin, and raffles.