Golfers from multiple states came together at The Territory Golf and Country Club to help raise money for a good cause, as Cotton Electric’s Operation Roundup hosted its third annual Summer Classic charity tournament on Monday.
The four-man scramble included an 18-team field from across Oklahoma and neighboring states. Proceeds from the event went to the Cotton Electric Charitable Fund (CECF), which provides financial assistance in the form of grants to individuals and organizations in the Cotton Electric service area.
The organization currently serves 11 counties in southwest Oklahoma.
Despite the high temperatures, event co-coordinator Melvin Jones said many teams returned from last year’s tournament and plan on making the trip to Duncan again in 2012.
“I’ve already talked to several teams who have indicated they want to come back next year,” Jones said. “Most of them are from Oklahoma and Texas, so they know there’s nothing you can do about (the weather). They were still delighted with the tournament.”
The tournament was won by the Wells Fargo group of Alen Pellerin, Dan Payton, Gil Peletier and Steven Bruehl, all of Lawton. They took first with a team score of 56. They defeated the second-place team of Warren Langford, Glendel Cole, Gerald Collier and Brad Scott by just two strokes.
While the tournament just wrapped up its third year, Jones said CECF members have been pleased with the growth in the number of participants. Due to the current state of the economy, he didn’t expect the event to match the approximate $10,000 it raised last year, but he still thought the 2011 edition was a success.
“A lot of (the teams), of course, are companies we do business with and have a relationship with, so that helps,” he said. “It’s also indicative of the mindset that they have. The reason they’ll come back is, like most scrambles of this type, it’s for a good cause. The money goes to a variety of organizations.
“This year, we were looking to raise about $5,000 and it’s looking pretty good. I think we probably will do that.”