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9/2/15

Over the weekend, golfers across Southern Ohio came out to play in the first annual Forrest Everhart Memorial Golf Open. With a warm breeze, sunny skies, and a healthy dose of competition among the players, we couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick off the first annual Forrest Everhart Memorial Day.

Held on Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Forrest Everhart Memorial Golf Course (located on the Chillicothe VA campus), MVRC hosted the event in honor of World War II hero and Medal of Honor Recipient Forrest E. Everhart, for whom the golf course is named.

Our youngest golfer beat 7 other players on Saturday--not bad for a 10 year old.

Our youngest golfer beat 7 other players on Saturday–not bad for a 10 year old.

“Forrest Everhart was born on August 28 and died on August 30. We thought having the first Forrest Everhart Day on August 29 would be a great way to share his legacy with the community,” said MVRC Executive Director Len Proper.

The tournament was a single player scramble that brought out 26 golfers to compete for $1600 in prizes. Some came from as far as Columbus and Findlay to play in the tournament. Nevertheless, the winner of the top $400 prize and tournament trophy was Chillicothe native Drew Prater, who works at River’s Edge Golf Course in Chillicothe.

Forrest Everhart's cousin, Gary Davis, presents the tournament trophy to Drew Prater.

Forrest Everhart’s cousin, Gary Davis, presents the tournament trophy to Drew Prater.

After the tournament, the golfers stayed for a cookout and socialized with the MVRC staff, golf course volunteers, VA patients, and community members. The presentation of awards was held at 2 p.m. before our Sherman tank dedication, with the tournament trophy presented by Gary Davis of Bainbridge, Ohio–Forrest Everhart’s cousin.

“I didn’t think I was going to get to come out here and present a trophy,” said Davis, who agreed he was looking forward to coming out to more golf tournaments and events honoring his cousin in the future.

Up next at the golf course is our annual Turkey Golf Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 31. Players will be asked to donate one whole turkey in place of an entry fee. The turkeys will be put into Thanksgiving dinner food baskets for veterans and families in need.

Golfers at the tournament including MVRC Veterans Services Specialists Dennis Lambert (far right) and Steve Korb (left of Lambert).

Golfers at the tournament including MVRC Veterans Services Specialists Dennis Lambert (far right) and Steve Korb (left of Lambert).

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