Marion golf tournament brings record year

By Tanya Chilton tchilton@civitasmedia.com

April 30, 2014

Fifty-nine golf teams and 236 golfers showed up Thursday at Cedarbrook Country Club in support of the sixth annual Pfc. Adam Lee Marion Golf Tournament, raising more than $62,000 for the Children’s Center of Surry and Yadkin.

Held at Cedarbrook Country Club, Cameron Kent was master of ceremonies. Kent acknowledged the tremendous service of Marion, all service men and women, and remarked about Marion’s heart for children.

Marion, a Dobson resident, was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star after being killed while serving in Baghdad, Iraq, in the Army National Guard. Marion was 26 years old when he was killed and helped cleared IEDs from convoy routes along with fellow United States service members.

A picture was displayed at the golf tournament of Marion giving food to needy children while serving on the front lines in Iraq. Father Donny Marion said the picture was taken on Thanksgiving Day in Baghdad.

Director of the Children’s Center of Surry Robin Testerman and Chairman Josh Inman spoke with gratitude and appreciation of the continued level of support for the center’s children provided through the golf tournament and expressed gratitude about the level of community support.

Testerman said, “With the rising cost and budget cuts and a greater need in the community, in the shelter, we served over 65 kids, and we serve over 800 in the community. Sixty-two thousand dollars is a miracle for the Children’s Center and the families we serve, and we could not do it without the golf committee and the Marion family.”

The Army National Guard performed and David Thomas played bagpipes in a ceremony. A set of United States Army, Navy and Marine songs were played and dedicated to Marion and other service men and women in uniform.

Adam’s mother, Pam Marion, wanted a bagpipe player in previous years, and the ceremonial tradition in the tournament continues.

Malcolm Calhoun, Survivor and Outreach Services coordinator for the Army, said it is his third year of helping with the Marion tournament. Calhoun said, “Keeping his memory alive is a good cause. This is excellent.”

Zim Zimmerman, PGA professional and general manager of Cedarbrook Country Club, said, “Adam Lee Marion was a great lover of children. The Marion family wanted to do this and have put their hearts into it.”

Zimmerman added the tournament does a lot of great things for the kids in the communities and that is important.

Donny Marion said the Pfc. Adam Lee Marion Golf Tournament has gotten stronger and better organized and is thankful for so many efforts.

He said the tournament was the brain child of Ralph Holt and John Lawson, who are both from Dobson.

Marion said winners in the tournament, which has been held at both Cross Creek Country Club in Mount Airy and Cedarbrook Country Club in Elkin, have always been gracious by donating back winning items to the Children’s Center. Most just enjoy the day win or lose and support the cause, said Marion.

Marion added that the Championship Flight team sponsored by TNT Carports won this year’s Pfc. Adam Lee Marion Golf Tournament.

Tanya Chilton may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @TanyaTDC.