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Primed for play, participants again fill the fairways and greens at the Mallard Head Country Club course to form field for the 25th anniversary of the John Campbell Memorial Golf Tournament benefitting Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County.

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Something silver turned golden out on in the immediate area’s golf fairway earlier this month.

Celebrating its silver anniversary 25th year of existence, the l John P. Campbell Memorial Golf Tournament used all proceeds realized from its appearance to push to well in excess of $620,000 the amount generated in support of its primary cause.

As a result, the JPCM remains the all-time single most generous supporter of the Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County,

This year’s affair, held under picturesque ideal weather conditions to also help usher in the first full week of fall, tacked on an additional $20,000 to the cause of the mission that will be used to assist HPCIC in its continued mission of honoring life by providing care with compassion, comfort and dignity to patients, families and the surrounding community.

Play was once again held on the Mallard Head Country Club golf course that has served as the affair’s exclusive host site.

“On behalf of HPCIC and all those we serve,’’ said Carl Robbins, vice-president of the HPCIC board of director who was on site to praise all participants, “we want to give our sincere gratitude to all. We especially express our appreciation to the host Campbell family.”

Tournament namesake the late John Campbell, an Iredell County native, developed and opened Mallard Head County Club course in 1979. The tournament was field held in 1995 to help raise awareness of hospice and support the mission work of HPCIC.

Following Campbell’s death in 2006, the event was named in his honor. His extended family, which retains ownership of the facility, is instrumental in maintaining the Memorial’s existence. As has been the case since its inception, all proceeds realized from the event go to support HPCIC.

“We simply would not have it any other way,’’ said Eddie Campbell, the site’s general manager. “Hospice continues to hold a special place in our family’s heart.”

As evidence of just that, all participants observed a moment of silence in remembrance of two members of the Campbell family, in the late Cindy Campbell Laffey and Williams Milas Campbell, who each recently passed away.

The keepsake tournament hat that is considered by many to be the most treasured item within each of the individual players’ goody bags also paid tribute by having present on its bill a tribute to the fallen family members.

In addition to the fundraising effort, competition was conducted out on the course. Following captain’s choice format for the two-player team event, the field was divided into as many as five different flights.

Leading the charge courtesy of carding the affair’s lowest overall score of 10-under-par 62 was the tandem of teammates John Dodson and Hank Powell. The two also surfaced as champions of the most competitive First Flight.

“We brother-in-lawed our round well,’’ said Dodson. “When I needed help, which was a lot, Hank was there to pick up the slack. I was able to help him out on some holes, too. We played about as well as we ever have as a team.”

In the Second Flight, the twosome of same-first-name partners Mark Hawkins and Mark Medich fashioned a round of 64 that topped their troops.

In the Third Flight, the pairing of Marty Herholz and course cohort Bob Ferber carded a score of 68 that was the best.

In the Fourth Flight, the team made up of Mike Hager and Phil Bair shot at 67 that sat at the head of the class.

An on-card tiebreaking process was required before the duo of Tawni Millard and Deb Palmer was declared the winner of the Women’s Flight. Initially, the pair placed in a dead-heat tie with the team comprised of Tawana Cass and Ashley Miller after both teams turned in identical scores.

In addition to the Campbell family, sponsors for this year’s tournament were: Randy Marion Automotive, Callaway Industrial Services, Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Corriher and Michael, Dave Cochrane of Brawley Market, Friends of Cindy Campbell, Froehling & Robertson, Gary Deese, Hawkins & Hawkins, InSouth Insurance, Jones Childers Donaldson & Webb, McDonalds of Iredell County, McGriff Insurance, Mooresville Ford, Noble Randall, NFP Benefits, Parlier Plumbing & Heating, SVL Free News, Toro and United Beverages.

Special appreciation was also acknowledged to MHCC course superintendent Sam Linker and his staff for the work in getting the course ready for the tournament.

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