Over 100 attend inaugural event
Over $11,000 raised for scholarship fund
PETERSBURG - Over 100 friends, former students and golfers gathered at Dogwood Trace Golf Course on Saturday, May 6 to participate in the Inaugural Robert E (Bob Budlove) Scholarship Golf Tournament.
The tournament raised over $11,000 for the scholarship fund.
The Robert E. (Bob) Budlove Scholarship Golf Tournament was held to accomplish several goals, firstly to honor and recognize Coach Bob Budlove - a longtime golf coach at Petersburg High School (PHS). He also coached the former Anna P. Bollingbrook Junior High School Golden Knights football and basketball teams and worked as an assistant football coach at PHS. On Friday nights during football season, Coach Budlove could be found at Cameron Field announcing the Crimson Wave football games.
Along with honoring Coach Budlove, the tournament will establish a scholarship in his name that will be awarded annually to a member of the PHS Golf team. The final aspect of this tournament was to provide funding for the PHS Athletic Department, headed by William Lawson, III. This goal was accomplished with the help of sponsors, participants and area businesses supporting the event.
After a challenging 18 holes of golf, the PHS #1 team comprised of Nick Hines, Andrew Jones, Thomas Hatchette and Aaron Evans posted a blistering score of 55.
The first-place team was awarded their choice of one of eight foursome green fees donated to the Tournament from local golf courses including Tidewater, Williamsburg, Chesterfield and Hanover. Twelve other local golf course packages were awarded to the remaining teams participating in Saturday’s tournament. In addition, five silent auction items were available, including a golf getaway at the
Robert Trent Jones, (RJT) Alabama Trail Muscle Shoals Course located in Muscle Shoals, AL, green fees at RTJ Magnolia Grove course in Mobile, Al., Bay Creek in Cape Charles, VA and Sea Scape Links Golf Course in Kitty Hawk, NC. and two clubhouse passes to the LPGA golf tournament to be held from May 16-21 at the Kingsmill’s Resort on the James River in Williamsburg.
A special part of the tournament was when Kedar Jordan, the first recipient of the Robert E. Budlove Golf Scholarship, was introduced to the group and had the opportunity to meet Coach Budlove.
During his acknowledgement Coach Budlove referred to very important words - ”fortunate” and “his boys.”
Coach Budlove spoke about how fortunate he had been in his life with the opportunities made available to him. He acknowledged the presence of his two daughters Linda Hamilton and Debbie Perkinson, along with his wife of 63 years Louise. He commented that he was often asked if he had any boys and we would answer that he had hundreds of boys, referring to his former players he had coached over his 30-year time period. There were in attendance close to 20 of his boys returning and/or participating in the tournament to say "Thank you" for his influence in their life.
At the conclusion of the tournament, a trophy was presented to Gateway Hyundai, KIA and Subaru for their sponsorship of the event, and Heritage Chevrolet was acknowledged for contributing a car for the first hole-inone on hole 9.
The Robert E (Bob Budlove) Scholarship Golf Tournament will now be an annual golf tournament operating under the Scholarship program of the John Randolph Foundation of Hopewell.
Over 100 friends, former students and golfers came out to the Inaugural Robert E (Bob Budlove) Scholarship Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 6.