Lee to host annual Stanley Butler Shootout
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Chatata Valley Golf Course General Manager Joe Starr, left, and Lee University Golf Coach John Maupin discuss plans for the annual Stanley Butler Shootout which will held at Chatata Valley on May 1. Lee University photo
Chatata Valley Golf Course General Manager Joe Starr, left, and Lee University Golf Coach John Maupin discuss plans for the annual Stanley Butler Shootout which will held at Chatata Valley on May 1. Lee University photo
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Spring has finally sprung, and just in time for the annual Stanley Butler Shootout which is planned for May 1 at the Chatata Valley Golf Course.

The 4-man team, select shot tourney is scheduled to begin with an 11 a.m. registration. Lunch will be provided at noon and golfers will begin a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The awards presentations and door prizes will be distributed immediately after play is completed.

The entry fee is $380 per team or $95 per player. Individual golfers who are not signed on with a team can proceed with registration and be placed with a team.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners and a $10,000 prize will be presented to the golfer scoring a hole-in-one on a hole selected by the tournament committee. The members of the first-place team will walk away with $125. Second-place winners will receive $100 each and the third-place team members will pocket $50. Prizes will also go to the golfers getting closest to the pins on select holes and for the longest drive.

“The golf course is in excellent shape and we certainly want to make this the best Stanley Butler Shootout ever,” said Lee golf coach John Maupin. “All proceeds help support our entire athletic program. “We believe area golfers will have a couple of good weeks of good weather and will be prepared to come out and enjoy the food, fun and competition.”

The Shootout is named in honor of the late Dr. Stanley Butler. A longtime member of the Lee family, Butler came to the college in 1953 as principal of the new Lee Academy. After the academy was discontinued in the early ’60s he became registrar and dean of admissions. He served in that capacity until his retirement in 1989 but continued to serve in an “Emeritus” status while actively coaching the varsity golf team. Butler loved golf and personally started the varsity golf program in 1977.

He directed two Lee golf teams to NAIA District 24 Championships and took the teams to NAIA National Tournaments. More importantly, Butler helped shape the lives of numerous young men through his strong and sincere Christian witness. “It is with great pride that the Lee University golf team and athletic staff host the 2013 tournament to raise funds to help future and existing athletes with accommodations for housing, tuition and meals,” a release stated.