By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Special Interest | Issue: October 2011
The Guns & Hoses Golf Tournament committee (L to R): Kittie Dishman (Golf Club of Oklahoma), Kevin Leaver (TPD), John and Janie Kleibert (J&J Unlimited), Kathy Hefley (Espo Fire & Water Restoration), and Bryan Myrick (BAFD). Not pictured: Buzz Morrill (BAPD), Lou Ann Marlar (Youth at Heart) and Charlie Ogle (Servicemaster).
Head-to-head golf competition will commence at the Golf Club of Oklahoma on October 31, 2011, for the 3rd annual Guns & Hoses Golf Tournament. The winning team and the department they represent are guaranteed bragging rights for one full year. Representatives of area police and fire departments are already disputing which team will emerge as the Guns & Hoses champions for 2011 and receive the event’s traveling trophy. The tournament is a four-person scramble and will begin with a shotgun start tee-off scheduled for 9 a.m. on Halloween day.
Guns & Hoses is hosted each year by the Golf Club of Oklahoma and is held to honor active and retired police officers, firefighters, and EMSA personnel from the communities of Bixby, Broken Arrow, Coweta, Jenks and Tulsa. Teams of four men and/or women are enlisted to play in the tournament. Each year, an enormous portion of competitive spirit exists between the competing teams and the local services they represent.
“Our purpose,” says event committee representative Kittie Dishman, “is to provide area police, fire, and other service men and women the opportunity to enjoy a day of competitive golfing on a prestigious golf course.” Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided to all teams, and there will be lots of prizes, goodies, and fun competition. The event provides residents
of participating communities an opportunity to show appreciation to our local heroes who put their lives on the line each day of duty.
After a day including breakfast, lunch, and a full day of golf, each registered player is also invited to dinner and the awards ceremony. Dinner will be sponsored by the Golf Club of Oklahoma.
Sponsorship packages are still available. “We are always looking for various types of sponsors and volunteers to help us make our event another great success,” says Kittie. If you or your company is interested in participating, please visit www.okgunsandhoses.com, or contact Kathy Hefley at (918) 520-8778 or eat0@eau0eav0eaw0.
Proceeds from the annual Guns & Hoses Golf Tournament benefit local charities that are designated and supported by the tournament’s winning team.
Anyone living in the Bixby, Broken Arrow, Coweta, Jenks or Tulsa area is invited to come to the Golf Club of Oklahoma for the 3rd annual Guns & Hoses Golf Tournament. You’re sure to enjoy the day as you honor our local heroes who are dedicated to enforcing the law and giving so completely of themselves to save lives.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.