Over 100 at­tend in­au­gu­ral event

Over $11,000 raised for schol­ar­ship fund

The Progress-Index Weekend - - SPORTS -

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.

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Over 100 friends, for­mer stu­dents and golfers came out to the In­au­gu­ral Robert E (Bob Budlove) Schol­ar­ship Golf Tour­na­ment on Satur­day, May 6.

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