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Dan Nicholas Park hosts statewide putt-putt tournament for the blind

The 21st annual Statewide Putt-Putt Tournament for the Blind and Visually Impaired was held Saturday at Dan Nicholas Park.
Seventy putters from around the state participated in the tournament, which was co-sponsored by the Rowan County Parks and Recreation Department’s Therapeutic Recreation Division, Dan Nicholas Park and Salisbury Parks and Recreation.
Each participant shot two rounds, or 36 holes of golf. Some of the best scores ever posted were turned in by the participants. Winners were as follows:
– “A” Division (Legally Blind) ó First place, Darlene McIlroy of Rowan County, 87 score; second place, Don Srail of Rowan, 90; and third place, Daisy Liptman of Catawba County, 91.
Kenneth McNeil of Wake County had the most holes in one, with five.
– “B” Division (Totally Blind) ó First place, David Myers of Davidson County, 77 score; second place, Victor Green of Nash County, 85; and third place, Hazel Hill of Nash County, 97.
Debbie Russell of Rowan County scored the most holes in one, with four.
First-place team for the tournament was Davidson County with a team average of 92. Second place was Nash County with a team average of 101.8.
Lunch was provided for the participants at Dan Nicholas Park following the tournament. Food was prepared by members of the Rockwell Lions Club.
Donations toward the meal were made by Cheerwine Bottling Co., College Bar-B-Q and Flowers Bakeries. Doughnuts were provided by Krispy Kreme.
Sighted volunteers for the tournament were from Catawba and Livingstone colleges.
Participants in the tournament represented the following counties: Alamance, Avery, Cabarrus, Caldwell, Catawba, Davidson, Iredell, Lincoln, Nash, Rowan, Wake and Yancy.

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