Sixth-Annual Memorial Golf Tournament to honor Tom Holmes

Randy McCaulley - Special to The Chief
The late Tom Holmes will be honored at the sixth-annual Memorial Golf Tournament on Sunday, July 7, at Perry Golf and Country Club. PHOTO BY SEAN CORDY/THE PERRY CHIEF

The late Tom Holmes will be honored at the 6th Annual Memorial Golf Tournament that will be held on Sunday, July 7 at the Perry Golf and Country Club. Each year the club honors the memory of a member who made a significant impact on the club and community. Tom Holmes died on Jan. 20, 2018.

Tom was a 1965 graduate of Perry High School. He proudly served our country as a member of the United State Air Force from 1966 to 1970. After his honorable discharge from the Air Force, Tom began a 35 year career for the John Deere Company. Tom always loved to collect tractors and enjoyed tinkering with cars. He was also very proud of his John Deere mowers. In retirement, he enjoyed mowing lawns in Perry and he also enjoyed working at the Renshaw Farms in the fall.

Tommy, as many of his friends called him, was a long-time member of the Perry Golf & CC. He was also a long-time member of the Perry Elks. Tom really enjoyed golfing with his friends and he was a strong supporter of the club. He played in the golf league regularly and when he became a senior citizen, he enjoyed playing in the senior league. Many of his friends miss his after the round fellowship at the Perry Golf & CC. He always had a smile on his face and was a pleasure to be around.

This year, the Memorial Tournament will have two divisions for golfers. The Open division will be held as usual, with the top finishing golfers of 18 holes to play an additional 9 holes to determine the Champion. For the first time, a senior division will also be held for golfers 60 years and older. These golfers will play only 18 holes and will play from the senior tees. Tommy would have loved to have been around for this format.

Jon Foster of Atlanta, Georgia, a nephew of the late Jim Haas, won last year’s Memorial Tournament with a total score for 27 holes of 105 (72, 33).

Any individual who would like to play in this year’s tournament should contact the clubhouse as soon as possible to enter (465-3852).