TOP PHOTO: Pals Colby Partin (left) and Cory Martin made up one of the two-man teams taking part in this weekend’s Bobby Heatherly Classic.

Riley Hunley sizes up a putt as his father Rick moves the pin for him.

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Some of the top golfers in the state of Tennessee and some who are just learning the game of golf played in this weekend’s Bobby Heatherly Classic. However, there is one thing they all had in common – Bobby Heatherly. “In this tournament you had fathers, sons, brothers, sisters and daughters playing together as a family,” said Josh Vann, the La Follette Country Club’s general manager.

The Bobby Heatherly Golf Classic that began in 2019 has become an annual tradition at the LCC. It was named after Heatherly, the long time, and since retired, golf pro at the club.

Colby Partin shoots from the fairway at the La Follette Country Club.

Partners Colby Partin and Cory Martin have played in all three Bobby Heatherly Classics.

“This has become our traditional tournament season opener for the year, all the while honoring Bobby,” said Vann.

Cory Martin played on the golf teams at Campbell High and Walters State College.

“We had about as good of weather that anyone could ask for, and the turnout of players for this tournament has grown so much over the past three years,” said Vann. Eighteen teams participated in the inaugural Heatherly Classic and increased to 25 last year. This weekend, 42 teams competed.

“The players Heatherly has watched and coached since they were kids come back to see him each year to play in his tournament. That’s a true testament to what he means not only to the La Follette Golf and Country Club but to the golf community as a whole,” added Vann

Championship Flight
1st Josh Rogers/Josh James
2nd Matt Chambers/Jeremy Cox
3rd Todd Burgan/Curt Burgan
4th Otis Hatfield/Alfred Apple

First Flight
T1st Bobby Vann/Katie Wells
T1st Scott Bowman/Daniel Forrester
T3rd Colby Partin/Cory Martin
T3rd Elwood Bailey/Wayne Kitts
T3rd Jarrett Sharp/Weston Sharp

Second Flight
All Tied for 1st
E.G. Cline/Matt Cline
Mike Boshears/Chelsea Boshears
Glenn Hudson/Sadie Cox
Dennis Henegar/Jason Henegar

Third Flight
T1st Brian Younce/Jason Younce
T1st Spencer St. John/ Gunner St. John
T1st Josh Benge/Jeremy Anderson
4th James Anthony/Matt Elliott

“Everyone talks of growing the game of golf.  Mr. Heatherly has and is still growing the game,” said Vann. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 05/03/2021-6AM)