Annual Tom Duckett Golf Tournament benefiting the Panther Club held Friday at Highland Country Club

Annual Tom Duckett Golf Tournament benefiting the Panther Club held Friday at Highland Country Club

The Annual Tom Duckett Golf Tournament was held Friday at Highland Country Club. The fundraiser brings together business sponsors, alumni and friends for a day of golf during Homecoming weekend.

The proceeds from the event go to the Panther Club, which is a group of alumni, parents and friends that offers resources for all campus sports. Started in 2010, the club has helped provide, among other things, new scoreboards, charter buses for away games, uniforms and championship rings, and helped fund improvements to athletic facilities and fields.

The total amount of money raised Friday is expected to surpass previous tournaments. In addition, this was the first year selling Tom Duckett golf commemorative polo shirts. The event also featured 31 hole sponsors.

The tournament is named in honor of Thomas Duckett '68, a four-year letterman in basketball for the Panthers from 1964 to 1968. He joined the Air Force as a pilot and served in Vietnam, where he was declared missing in action after his plane was shot down in 1970. He was posthumously promoted to major, awarded military honors including the Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart, and inducted in 2004 to the LaGrange College Sports Hall of Fame. 

Bill Hardy and Tom Conway, classmates of Tom Duckett who helped start the tournament, were in attendance and spoke to the gathering.

The event featured a morning and afternoon tournament of 15 teams each. 

Grand Slam Sports, owned by Larry Thompson Jr., an alumnus, was awarded first place for the morning tournament. Watts Furniture, owned by Billy Watts, captured first place in the evening tournament. Longhorn and CharterBank were second and third in the evening tournament. Frank Parsons and his team took the Championship Division (ages 65+) Trophy.