The inaugural Tony Barnhart Golf Classic presented by The Vinson Group was a tremendous success! Many thanks to everyone who participated, volunteered, and sponsored the event. It was a beautiful day for golf and an even better day for our mission in Honduras and Nicaragua.
Over a dozen celebrity athletes and more than 100 golfers gathered at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, GA to raise money for HOI’s ministry in Central America. As the players enjoyed a warm, sunny day on the links, conversations about HOI’s ongoing work abounded. Notable sports figures like Coach Vince Dooley and former Chicago Bear, Patrick Mannelly shared stories of their time in Honduras. They spoke of how the experience changed their lives and how blessed they were to touch the lives of others. Tony Barnhart and his wife, Maria, shared how much they enjoyed working with HOI and the HAVE Foundation in making a difference through education.
Thanks to a generous show of support, we exceeded our fundraising goal! Thank you to our wonderful hosts, celebrities for participating, and all of the players who came out to support the people of Honduras and Nicaragua. We’d also like to extend special thanks to our incredible sponsors: Becky Vinson and the Vinson Group, Truitt Health, and Smoke Rise Baptist Church.
In the game of golf, “carry” is the distance a ball will fly, usually to over a hazard, to safely reach its target. This year, HOI has had a lot of “carry” as we reach important goals. On Monday, May 8, HOI will host the inaugural Tony Barnhart Golf Classic at Sugarloaf Golf and Country Club in Duluth, GA.
Tony is an award winning author and sportscaster with ESPN. He will be joined by legendary UGA football coach Vince Dooley and 1980 UGA NCAA Football Championship Captain Frank Ros. Like Tony, bothVince and Frank have worked in partnership with HOI and enthusiastically support HOI’s efforts. Other celebrities committed to playing at the event include: Steve Spurrier, Dave Archer, Wes Durham, Phil Niekro, Fred Gibson, David Greene, Patrick Mannelly, Mohamed Massaquoi, Randy Rhino, Jimmy Robinson, Ted Roof, Matt Stinchcomb and Danny Wuerffel.
All of us at HOI are grateful to Tony and Maria Barnhart for their ongoing support. Also, we are grateful for The Vinson Group: Realty Associates of Atlanta for their Title Sponsorship of the event, for Truitt Health and their sponsorship of the tournament banquet and Smoke Rise Baptist Church for sponsoring the drink cart.
Every day HOI and its staff are working to improve the lives of families in Central America. The proceeds of this tournament will drive the ball a long way in supporting HOI’s efforts in medical care, education, job creation, community improvement, agricultural development and spiritual training. You can be a part of this great day. By donating to the 19th Hole Challenge you can show your support for Tony, Frank and Coach Dooley and you can “carry” us further.
Simply visit www.hoi.org/donate and put 19th Hole Challenge in the memo line. Also, if you want to pass a message to Tony, Frank, Coach Dooley or any of the celebrities slated to play, visit HOI on Facebook leave a message to show your support. At HOI we know there is power in partnerships. We see it every day and we’re grateful for all you do to build strengthened communities in Honduras and Nicaragua.
ATLANTA Supporters: Tune in to 680 The Fan Atlanta’s Sports Station (93.7 FM) this morning at 10:20 AM. Tony Barnhart will talking about the upcoming Tony Barnhart HOI Golf Classic presented by The Vinson Group and the great work we’re doing in Honduras and Nicaragua. Take a listen!
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On May 8, 2017 HOI will host the Tony Barnhart Golf Classic presented by The Vinson Group at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, GA. This year’s golf tournament promises to be one of the best ever. Tony, aka “Mr. College Football”, has invited many of his celebrity friends to join him in supporting HOI’s efforts to raise money and awareness for our mission in Honduras and Nicaragua. We’ve got a great roster lined up full of names you’ll know from college and pro football, like:
Tony Barnhart (Host): AKA Mr. College Football, is a reporter and columnist for newspapers, television and radio. He currently serves as the SEC Networks studio analyst and has authored five books on college football.
Frank Ros (Honorary Co-Host): Ros retired from The Coca-Cola Company in 2015 where he was Vice President, Hispanic Strategies and a past recipient of the Coca-Cola Company’s Chairman’s Exemplary Award. Ros helped the Bulldogs roll up a 27-7-1 record in 1978, 1979 and 1980. As a senior, Ros played linebacker and captained the Bulldogs to a 12-0 record and the national championship. In the 17-10 Sugar Bowl win over Notre Dame, Ros led the Bulldogs in tackles and caused a fumble that resulted in a touchdown.
Vince Dooley (Honorary Co-Host): One of the most decorated people in the history of intercollegiate athletics. He became the head coach at the University of Georgia in 1964 when he was only 31 years old. In 25 seasons, Coach Dooley won 201 games, six SEC championships, and a national championship in 1980. He also served as Georgia’s director of athletics from 1979 until his retirement in 2004. Among his many honors are the College Football Hall of Fame, the UGA Circle of Honor, and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.
Dave Archer: Archer played six seasons in NFL from 1984 to 1989 for the Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins, San Diego Chargers, and Philadelphia Eagles. Archer is currently an analyst for the Atlanta Falcons radio network. A former quarterback at Iowa State, Archer re-wrote the school’s record books with 2,639 yards passing in 1983. He is a member of the Iowa State athletics Hall of Fame.
Kevin Butler: Former All-America placekicker for the Georgia Bulldogs, NFL Chicago Bears (1985 Super Bowl champions) and Arizona Cardinals. Butler is the first and only place kicker inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Since retiring, he has continued his affiliation with the University of Georgia as a special teams assistant and the co-host of the Budweiser Fifth Quarter Show.
Drew Butler: Consensus All-All American punter with UGA and NFL placekicker/punter has recently resigned with the Arizona Cardinals. Butler attended the University of Georgia from 2007 to 2011. He led the nation in punting average for the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season and was selected as the first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) punter, and a unanimous first-team All-American and of the winner of the Ray Guy Award recognizing him as the best college punter in the nation.
Wes Durham: The radio voice of NFC Championship Atlanta Falcons, Durham also does play-by-play on & ACC football and basketball for Fox Sports. Wes came to Atlanta in 1995 as the voice for Georgia Tech football and men’s basketball and ultimately became the school’s director of broadcasting. In 2004, he joined the Atlanta Falcons broadcast team. In 2011, West joined Fox Sports. Wes is a 10-time winner of the Georgia sports broadcaster of the year.
Fred Gibson: Fred is second all-time in career receiving yards for UGA. He also caught 161 passes, which ranks fourth behind Edwards’ 204, Brice Hunter’s 182 and A.J. Green (166). In a game his freshman year against Kentucky, his 201 receiving yards at the time was a single-game record for the Bulldogs, since passed by Tavarres King in 2012 with 206 against Michigan State. During Gibson’s tenure with the Bulldogs’ football team, they posted a 42-10 record. Fred also played in the NFL for the Steelers, Dolphins, Falcons, Ram and Giants.
David Greene: Former quarterback for the University of Georgia and the NFL Seattle Seahawks. David was SEC Freshman of the Year (2001), SEC Championship Game MVP (2002), and Citrus Bowl MVP (2004). Greene finished his college career as the winningest quarterback in NCAA Division I history with 42 wins in four years, eclipsing the record previously held by Peyton Manning. He held that record until it was broken in by Colt McCoy of Texas in 2009.
Patrick Mannelly: Patrick attended Duke University and was a four-year starter at long snapper and a two-year starter on the offensive line. The Chicago Bears drafted Mannelly in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft. Mannelly holds the record the most games played (245) as a Chicago Bear and the record for the most seasons (16) with the Bears. Mannelly ended his career with 81 special teams tackles, the third most by a Bear since 1995, and the longest tenured player in team history. In 2013 Patrick was selected to receive the NFL’s Ed Block Courage Award which recognizes outstanding players for their inspiration, sportsmanship and courage.
Mohamed Massaquoi: Mohamed finished his collegiate career at the University of Georgia with 158 catches for 2,282 yards and 16 touchdowns, which ranks fourth best in school history. He was drafted by the Browns and also played for the Jacksonville Jaguars and the New York Jets.
Phil Niekro: Major League Baseball pitcher was inducted into the hall of fame in 1997. Phil holds the record for the most career victories (318) by a knuckleball pitcher and is ranked 16th on the all-time wins list. Phil also has five NL Golden Glove Awards and was selected for five all-star teams. In 2016, Phil was awarded the MLB Player Alumni Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Randy Rhino: Rhino is the only three-time, first-team All-America in Georgia Tech history. Led Tech in punt returns three straight years (1972-73-74) and in kickoff returns two straight years (1973-74). Rhino then became an all-star defensive back in the CFL. Randy was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
Jimmy Robinson: Robinson was a star wide receiver for Georgia Tech from 1971-1974. In 1981 he was inducted into Georgia Tech’s Hall of Fame and was named to Tech’s all-time team in 1992. Robinson played with three NFL teams and was a coach for 32 years, finishing his career with the Dallas Cowboys in 2015. Robinson is member of the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.
Ted Roof: A former head coach at Duke from 2003-2007, Roof was an All-ACC linebacker at Georgia Tech in 1985. He is still one of the leading tacklers in school history with 417 career tackles. Roof was named defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech in 2013, which began his second tour of duty as an assistant coach at his alma mater. He is a member of the Georgia Tech Athletics Hall of Fame.
Steve Spurrier: The all-time winningest coach at both Florida and South Carolina. At Florida Spurrier won 122 games, six SEC championships and a national championship in 1996. In 11 seasons at South Carolina Spurrier won 86 games and led the Gamecocks to three consecutive 11-win seasons and a spot in the 2010 SEC championship. Spurrier also won an ACC championship at Duke in 1989. The 1966 Heisman Trophy winner as a player at Florida, Spurrier coached the 1996 Heisman winner, Florida’s Danny Wuerffel. Today he and his wife, Jerri, are back in Gainesville where Spurrier serves as an ambassador and consultant to the university’s athletic program. He is one of only four men in the College Football Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach.
Matt Stinchcomb: An All-America tackle for the University of Georgia, Stinchcomb also played seven seasons in the NFL with the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As a senior at Georgia, Stinchcomb received the Draddy Award from the National Football Foundation, which recognizes the top student-athlete in college football. In 2009, Matt was named to the University of Georgia’s Circle of Honor, the highest level of distinction for any UGA student-athlete.
Danny Wuerffel: 1996 Heisman Trophy winner and key player in four consecutive SEC Championships (1993-96) at Florida. He left Florida as the school’s all-time leader in passing yardage (10,987 yards). His 39 passing touchdowns in 1996 is still a Florida record. Wuerffel was drafted by the New Orleans Saints and spent six years in the NFL. Danny is currently the Executive Director of Atlanta-based Desire Street Ministries. In 1996 Wuerffel led Florida to the national championship.
We’re pleased to announce our upcoming inaugural golf tournament, the Tony Barnhart Golf Classic. It will take place May 8, 2017 at TPC Sugarloaf.
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