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Story by Arkansas 911 News Writer Amanda Goodman
The newly formed Hot Springs SWAT Officers Association held its first fundraiser, the 1st Annual Brian “BK” Keck Memorial Golf Tournament, Sunday September 8th, 2019 at the Hot Springs Country Club.
Twenty-four teams played in the 4 man scramble tournament that was organized by the Hot Springs SWAT Officers Association. The money raised from the tournament will go toward training and equipment needs of the Hot Springs SWAT officers.
Winners of the tournament were:
First flight First place:
Mike Duchac, Scott Cellars, Austin Gibbs, Rustin Duke
First flight, 2nd place:
Rusty Gillham, Elvin Cannady, James Dyer, Ervin Williams
2nd flight 1st place:
Roy Hanson, Carl Edwards, Greg Modica, Jeff Armstrong
2nd flight 2nd Place:
Kelly Watkins, Mike Moss, Nick Klatt, Tommy Daniel
A silent auction was also held during the tournament. Items up for bid included Chicago Cubs World Series Champion 3 ring box set, Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl 5 ring box set, an Arkansas Razorbacks BAGGO set, and a SWAT For A Day package.
Mini-games and extra prize incentives were set up all along the course. Hole #4, sponsored by Kennedy & Marni Underwood and Anaya Concrete, included the 149 yard drive contest. Badge #149 was Brian Keck’s badge number, and is now his son Jarret Cantrell’s badge number. Matt Scroggins hit closest to 149 yards and won a Glock 43 donated by the Hot Springs SWAT Officers Association.
Between holes #6 and #7, Anaya Concrete had a canopy set up with free snacks, refreshments, and gifts for all of the tournament players.
Hole #8 was sponsored by Gregg Orr Toyota, and had a 2019 Toyota Tundra up for grabs to the person that hit a Hole In One.
Hole #9 was sponsored by Mountain Valley Armory and Smith’s Ready Mix. Players had the option to Buy a Drive, where they could pay to hit their second shot from 150 yards.
Attorney Brian Johnson sponsored hole #11. He put up $1,000 to any player that could get a Hole in One.
The final contest was at the 18th hole. Sarah Bentley, with Meyers Realty, sponsored the Longest Drive Contest. The winner of that contest, Jim Thurston, won a weekend getaway at a condo on Lake Hamilton.
Additional hole sponsors include Anaya Concrete, Chuck Jordan Insurance, Warehouse Paint, Windows USA, Kenny and Laure May, Southern Bancorp, Lake Hamilton Health and Rehab, Marni and Kennedy Underwood, Simmons Bank, Slingshot Spa City, Fraternal Order of Police, Kenny and Taylor May, Bancorp South, Total Concrete, Mountain Valley Armory, Smith’s Ready Mix, Hot Springs Childcare, Chief Chris Chapmond of Bluffton PD South Carolina, B&F Engineering, Colorado Grill, Eldercare Insurance Services, Don Juan’s Mexican Bar & Grill, Cranford Construction, Relyance Bank, Greg and Jeanie Stringer, Gregg Orr Toyota and Meyers Realty.
You can help support the Hot Springs SWAT Officers Association by purchasing raffle tickets for a custom “Loyal 9” AR-15 Rifle plus accessories, from Sons of Liberty Gun Works out of San Antonio, Texas. Tickets will be sold for $5 each, and the drawing will be held November 1st. If you would like to purchase raffle tickets, you can message the association through Facebook: facebook.com/HotSpringsSWATOA or contact Jarrett Cantrell (501)609-5558, or Jjesus Anaya (501)620-9409.