Hite remembered at annual golf tournament

Cancer is one of those things that touches all of us.
On Oct. 16, 2012, Cindy Hite lost her long and hard-fought battle against the disease, and her passing touched a community. There were few residents in the Clarksville community who were better known or more highly regarded.
Four years later, friends and family members are keeping the memory of Cindy alive with a memorial that not only pays tribute to her but tries to help other area residents who are waging their own battle against cancer.
Last Friday, those friends and families came together at Kinderton Country Club to take part in the fourth annual Cindy Hite Memorial Golf Tournament.
All proceeds went to the Mecklenburg Country Cancer Association, an organization dedicated to helping citizens of Mecklenburg facing their own battles with the disease. Although cloudy skies moved in for the afternoon session, a little rain did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd.
“The weather cooperated for the most part, and the day was a great success,” said Heather Hite Keeton.
The tournament drew 42 teams to take part and more than 20 volunteers.
Support for the tournament has been impressive with “hole prizes” donated for a hole-in-one on certain holes. The biggest of these this year was a new Mercedes from Hendrick Automotive Group.
“The Mercedes was the prize for a hole-in-one on hole No. 12,” Keeton said. “There was another hole where the prize was a laptop, another had a recliner, there were gift cards. No one won the Mercedes,” she added with a laugh.
When they finished on the links, the crowd moved to the Lamplighter Restaurant for an “after party” with music provided by J.B. and the Get Down Browns.
As of Monday afternoon, the event had raised more than $48,000.
“Last year at this point we were at $44,000,” said Keeton.
The final grand total last year was right at $60,000 thanks to one particularly large and generous donation. Although Keeton said that she felt it unlikely they would hit that figure this year, she did say she hopes the fundraiser would hit the $50,000 mark.
“We’re still getting checks,” said Keeton. “And it’s not too late to donate.”
After four years, it seems the Cindy Hite Memorial Golf Tournament is now an annual event.
“I think they’ve talked us into it,” laughed Keeton. “It’s a lot of work, but when you call the people and they know the cause, it makes it easier. A lot of people knew Cindy. This is in her honor. It’s a great day for a great lady.”
The golf format was Captain’s Choice with 19 teams playing in the morning and 24 teams in the afternoon on the 18-hole Kinderton track.
There were five winners for the men for the men and two for the ladies.
The winners were:

1st – Kris Reid team of South Hill (match of card)
2nd – Jake Moore team of Kinderton
3rd – Tyler Carrico team
4th – Sheriff’s Dept. team
5th – Jeff Kidd team of South Hill

1st – Briery Ladies team
2nd – Myrna Howerton team – Kinderton

Hole Prizes
#14 – Longest Drive (white tees) – Brandon Ligon
# 1 – Closest to the flag (2nd shot) – Nick Carter
# 16 – Longest Drive (Red Tees) – Wesley Swain
#15 – Longest Drive (Silver Tees) – Bill Carter
# 11 – Closest to the Flag second shot – Mike Arthur