Team members make a St. Jude donation through golf tournament

AEDC team members display the $1,000 check representing funds raised for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through the Lightning Classic Golf Tournament Aug. 4 at the Willowbrook Golf Club. AEDC team members pictured, with sponsor signs, are Bruce Prater, Shannon Tate, Stacy Parker, Roy Mullins, Steven Meeks, Colby Cox and Barry McWhorter. (Courtesy photo)

AEDC team members display the $1,000 check representing funds raised for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through the Lightning Classic Golf Tournament Aug. 4 at the Willowbrook Golf Club. AEDC team members pictured, with sponsor signs, are Bruce Prater, Shannon Tate, Stacy Parker, Roy Mullins, Steven Meeks, Colby Cox and Barry McWhorter. (Courtesy photo)

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, TENN. -- When the Lightning Classic Golf Tournament was coordinated for Aug. 4 at the Willowbrook Golf Club in Manchester, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was selected to receive the proceeds.

“This tournament was one of many that we’ve had and it involved effort from several people,” said Roy Mullins, AEDC truck driver and tournament director. “This is the first one that’s been held that benefitted St. Jude. We were able to donate $1,000 dollars to St. Jude.”

Several AEDC team members participated in the tournament along with a total of 36 players in nine, four-man teams. Mullins believes the tournament gives AEDC personnel an opportunity to gather socially while benefitting an important cause.

“Several [players] were turned down due to overcrowding issues at the golf course,” Mullins said. “We’re hoping to get started earlier next year to give more people a chance to participate.”

Mullins is making plans for the 2018 tournament.

“A walk through St. Jude Children’s Hospital is a life changing experience,” he said. “I can’t think of a more deserving organization to be involved with. We’re hoping to have another tournament in 2018, and we are hoping to beat our 2017 dollar amount.”