Tournament memorializes Joe Ratcliff

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Pine Hills Country Club’s annual fundraiser, The Memorial Tournament, honored the memory of long-time member Joe Ratcliff this past weekend.

Every year, the tournament is held in memory of a member or member’s family who has died in the past 12 months. Proceeds go to course and club upkeep.

“The money we raise on our tournaments we put right back into bettering the course,” Jordan Fish said. “We have several projects that we want to tackle in the next few years, also with the price of all of the materials to keep a golf course running we will have money for rainy day funds. “

A full roster of teams played in the two-day, two-man scramble at Minden’s golf course. All catering was provided by Hugh Wood. Friday night, dinner was served and a putting tournament was held at the club’s new putting green. Putting contest winner Gunnar Burnham.

Flight winners are:

4th flight 

1st Tommy Durritt / Carl Boye 

Tied 2nd Clay Simonton / Spencer white 

Rodney Elzen / Glen Tadford 

3rd flight 

1st George Booth / Jason Bell 

Tied 2nd Jack Bryd / Mike Jewell 

Scott McCullough / Tyler Mandino 

2nd flight 

1st Tommy Sumner / Bobby Taylor 

2nd Austin Booth / Troy booth 

3rd Ed Brown / Johnny Benton 

1st flight 

1st Teddy Brown / Larry Willett

2nd Willie Fox / Tim Vining 

3rd Garrett Vaughn / Andy Pendergrass


1st Travis Randle / Kevin anders 

2nd Lance McGuire / Dalton Gould 

3rd James Hodges / Gavin Neatherland 


1st Brian Grubbs / Gage Burnham 

2nd Gunnar Burnham / Chandler Davidson 

3rd Cody Johnson / Taylor Netherton

Fish said the crowd honoring Joe Ratcliff was “great.” 

He thanked title sponsor Gibsland Bank & Trust, also Waller Petroleum, David Botzong and Dennis Botzong.

“We will rest this week,” Fish said. “But the next week we will hit the ground running for the Minden Open 4-man golf tournament August 20-21.”

To sponsor or play in the tournament, call Fish at 318-465-8913.