The annual Emmett Golf Tournament kicked of Mayberry Days Thursday morning at Cross Creek Country Club, with proceeds from the tournament benefiting the Surry Arts Council, sponsor of Mayberry Days.
“The weather couldn’t have been better for a gold tournament,” said Margaret Kerry.
The golf tournament has always been apart of Mayberry days, said Tanya Jones, director for Surry Arts Council. “We just changed the name when Emmett Forrest passed away a few years ago.”
Forrest. a life-long friend of Andy Griffith, donated his Andy Griffith memorabilia collection to the Andy Griffith Museum, including many personal items Griffith had given to him.
Maggie Peterson, who played Charlene Darling on “The Andy Griffith Show,” borrowed one of her lines from the show when she addressed the golfers prior to tee time. “It’s so great to be here, the golfers look so handsome this year,” she said the crowd chuckled. Darling also gave the golfers advice, to keep their head down and follow through.
“That’s a good rule for life,” responded David Browning, better known as the Mayberry Deputy.
The winners for the golf tournament were announced after a dinner buffet in the ballroom. Dinner included fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, biscuits and a selection of pies. Winners of the tournament received trophies and books written by a Mayberry star or about Mayberry.
The special guests of Mayberry Days sat and talked to attendees of the dinner, and reminisced about the days they became affiliated with the show..
Dinner guests filled the ballroom room with excitement and cameras to meet the stars of the 1960s era television show, and to hear them speak and perform.
Winner for the tournament are as follows:
Longest drive for the front was Kenneth Junkin.
Longest drive for the back was Jim Miles.
Closest to the pin, front was Pete Vernon.
Closest to the pin, back was Greg Hodapp.
The longest Putt was Wes Beroth.
Third place team was Jimmy Miles, Bill Reid, Chris Reid and Curtis Wyrick.
Second place team included Alan Connolly, Alice Connolly, David White and Glenda White.
First place team included Paul Glenn, Rick Rice, Gary Kimmell and Todd Lynch.
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