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MS Sports Hall of Fame Tournament a hit
By TYLER CLEVELAND
Thursday, June 5, 2014 1:00 PM
Mississippi State legends Bailey Howell, left, and D.D. Lewis, right, enjoyed some afternoon golf at Reunion Country Club Monday.
MADISON - Mississippi State Director of Athletics Scott Stricklin talked to reporters on one side of the sign-up tent outside the pristine pro shop at Reunion Golf and Country Club Monday morning.
On the other side of the tent, MSU basketball legend Bailey Howell and former Colts wide receiver Willie Richardson, who caught passes from Johnny Unitas, picked up a pack of Titleists and headed for their golf carts.
Over on the driving range, long-drive champ Brooks Baldwin of Magee, fresh off a win in the Desert Duel (on a 471-yard drive) shook hands and introduced himself to legendary Mississippi State linebacker D.D. Lewis.
Out on the course, 2013 Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame-inductee Langston Rogers drove the beer cart and visited with friends, while former Ole Miss and Carolina Panthers tight end Kris Mangum, as strong as ever, smashed drives.
This was the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Tournament, sponsored by First Commercial Bank.
Originally scheduled for April 28, but delayed to Monday due to rain, the Hall of Fame ended up holding the scramble on the same day Mississippi State and Ole Miss were both playing post-season baseball.
"Despite that," Hall of Fame Director Rick Cleveland said, "we had a full field and we finally caught a break from the weather."
The team of Jeff Weaver, Bob Cooper, Gerald Tonore, Jody Moss and Dale Cangoletti, with celebrity teammate Sammy Winder, the former Southern Miss and Denver Broncos running back, took home the top prize with a 20-under 52.
Wayne Whitley, David Sinclair, Michael Gregory, Keith West and Denny Howell teamed up with former Alabama coach Ray Perkins to shoot 52 also, but lost in a one-hole playoff.
Although competition was fierce, Cleveland said everyone had a good time.
"It's always great to spend a day on the golf course with Mississippi legends such as Bailey Howell, D.D. Lewis, Eddie Crawford and so many others," he said. "The golf tournament is one of our biggest fund-raisers of the year. We receive no tax support from any level of government for operating expenses. We operate on what we raise and this is a great fund-raiser for us."
The Hall of Fame's 2014 induction ceremony is set for July 25 at the Jackson Hilton on County Line Road.
This year's inductees include olympic gold medalist and former WNBA star Ruthie Bolton, former Ole Miss and NFL running backs Doug Cunningham and Deuce McAllister, Steve "Air" McNair (posthumously), olympic sprinter Calvin Smith, and former Mississippi State basketball coach Richard Williams.
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