Community Bank took home the championship trophy but area students were the real winners following the 12th annual East Central Community College Warrior Golf Classic held June 27, 2013, at the Dancing Rabbit Golf Club in Choctaw.

Sponsored by the ECCC Alumni Association, this year's four-person scramble netted $11,300 for student scholarships, according to Dr. Stacey Hollingsworth, executive director for Foundation and Alumni Relations.

"The Warrior Golf Classic provides much-needed and appreciated scholarships for EC students," said Dr. Hollingsworth. "We very much appreciate the support we have received the past 12 years and encourage others to participate in this worthwhile event."

Since the tournament's inception in 2001, more than $40,000 in scholarships have been awarded to students residing in the College's district, which includes Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Scott and Winston counties. Scholarship presentations are made during the annual ECCC/AT&T Scholarship Awards Luncheon held in June.

Community Bank carded an 18-under par 54 to claim overall and corporate division honors in the 18-hole event, held on the Azaleas course. Team members included Steve Gibson of Forest, Tim Leitaker of Carthage and Ray Riley and Gary Jolly, both of Madison.

The Sean Mowdy team (Sean Mowdy, Jody Blount, Tim Cleveland and Eric Graham, all of Union) finished Championship Fight runners-up with a 55, followed by Cox and Associates (Aubry Cox, Jimmie Bell and Jimmy Brown, all of Carthage; and Bob Jordan of Kosciusko), 56; Southern Pine Electric Power (Ken McBroom, Michael Tolbert and Jason Siegfried, all of Brandon, and Will Whittington, Carthage), 56; Trustmark National Bank (Larry Waggoner, Randy Carson, Frank Rhea and Matt Gregory, all of Carthage), 57; Glynn Griffing and Associates (Milton Walker, Brent Walker, Gage Walker and Joel Ross, all of Brandon), 58; and Prince Oil Company Team 1 (Neil Pettigrew and Wayne Hielbronner, both of Kosciusko, and Ben Peebles and Mark Fleming, both of Philadelphia), 59.

First Financial Bank Team II captured First Flight honors with a 61. Team members included Gayden Bell and Ty Johnston, both of Carthage; and Melissa Jerry and Steve Cameron, both of El Dorado, Ark.

The Chris Harris/Stifel Nicholas team (Chris Harris and Robert Thompson, both of Decatur; Rickey Chaney, Little Rock; Barry Boatner, Meridian; and Joey Smith, Quitman) finished First Flight runners-up with a 62, followed by IN Sports, Inc. (Greg Nowell and Jim Eakes, both of Philadelphia; Wes Kight, Louisville; and Andy Woidtke, Canton), 62; Tyson Foods, Inc. in Forest (Eddie McDill, Hal Patterson and Shelby Patterson, all of Forest; Steve Langford, Lena), 62; Prince Oil Company Team II (Joey Walters, Michael Graham and J.B. Ware, all of Union; Jacob Hedgepeth, Philadelphia), 62; and Industrial Training Solutions (Chris Crawford, Ridgeland; Joe Barrett and Chris Clark, both of Decatur; Roger Whitlock, Union), 63.

First Financial Bank Corporate Team I won the Second Flight with a 65. Team members included Jerry Bullard and Chris Hegi, both of El Dorado, Ark.; and Brad Ogletree and Van Ray Bowman, both of Carthage.

Valley Food Services, Inc. (Tau Iosia, Meridian; Ken Ricketts and Randy Roberts, both of Brandon; and Tony Myers, Madison) finished second with a 66, followed by Polo Custom Products, Inc. (Tanner Long, Tyler Maffit, Chris Covington and Jack Edmonson, all of Louisville), 68; La-Z-Boy South Corporate Team II (Danny Simoneau, Louin; Dustin Yeager, Little Rock; Chris Davis, Decatur; and Brian Waddell, Philadelphia), 68; Sequel Electrical Supply (Artie Foreman and Virgil Rigdon, both of Little Rock; Duane Ashmore, Collinsville; and Tim Pilgrim, Philadelphia), 70; La-Z-Boy South Corporate Team I (Don Mather and Tom Keith, both of Decatur; Kevin Rigdon, Union; and Randy Loper, Rose Hill), 72; and Neshoba County General Hospital (Dale Joyner, Philadelphia; Johnny Crenshaw, Union; and Dr. Billy Stewart and Ronnie Westbrook, both of Decatur), 74.

Will Whittington of Carthage made the "shot of the day" by recording the second hole-in-one in tournament history and obviously claiming closest-to-the-pin honors. He aced the 135-yard #4 and was presented a Taylor Made golf bag provided by the ECCC Golf Team.

Also winning closest-to-the-pin honors were Dr. Billy Stewart of Decatur, on #13; Larry Waggoner of Carthage, on #7; and Bob Jordan of Kosciusko, on # 16.

Gage Walker of Brandon won the Birdies for Charity closest to the line driving contest. Tau Iosia of Meridian won the top door prize - a recliner donated by La-Z-Boy South, Inc., in Newton.

For more information on the ECCC Warrior Golf Classic, contact Dr. Stacey Hollingsworth at ECCC, 601-635-6327 or call toll free, 877-462-3222, ext. 327. Her email address is