|McCullar name rightfully tagged with ACS event |
|Posted: Tuesday, August 5, 2008 5:29 pm |
|One of the area’s most recognizable and celebrated golfers will be both honored and remembered when the American Cancer Society presents the 2008 Scotty McCullar Memorial Golf Championship Aug. 15. |
The four-person scramble will be hosted by the Wingfoot Golf Course in Union City with the proceeds from the event benefitting ACS. American Cancer Society spokesperson Christy Futrell said more than 25 teams have already committed to play in the event, — close to the goal of 30 — and already seven more than last year.
Affectionately nicknamed “Scooter,” Scottie McCullar dominated the local golf scene for a number of years, winning a whopping 29 club championships at Wingfoot, Fulton Country Club and Poplar Meadows Country Club.
He died of cancer on Nov. 18, 2007 after repeated bouts with the disease and its treatment over a 51/2-year period.
McCullar was first diagnosed in Feb. of 2002 with colon cancer. He battled liver cancer a year later and lung cancer in 2005 before the illness entered his brain earlier in ’07.
He was 61 years old at the time of his death.
Appropriately enough, McCullar considered the National Cancer Society Tournament Championship won in 2006 with local playing partners Chuck Doss, Chad Odle and Bill Davis in Birmingham, Ala. as his career golfing highlight, according to his bride of 42 years, Maudie.
Maudie McCullar, a longtime Union City banker before her retirement, will preside over a brief ceremony prior to the tournament’s shotgun start that is scheduled for 8 a.m.
“I’ve got my little five-minute speech ready and, hopefully, I can get through it,” Maudie said from Florida, where she and Scottie moved prior to his death. “He was so blessed with so many wonderful memories at the course.”
Maudie said her husband took up golf as a 13-year-old and never had a formal lesson.
He played six or seven days a week as an adult and, while his links prowess obviously afforded him the right to, he never was a braggart, according to his wife.
“He knew he could play the game, but he was just as comfortable playing with guys who shot in the 100s as he was playing with those who shot in the 60s,” she said. “I was so fortunate to have someone of his caliber to share life with.”
A 35-year employee of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber and Co., McCullar contemplated joining the Seniors Tour at age 50. After much deliberation, however, he elected to work five more years to get his pension time in at Goodyear.
McCullar’s best round was a 62, a score he carded more than once at Fulton.
Another of his noteworthy career accomplishments came when he won the Senior Games State Tournament in Nashville in 2006.
Maudie McCullar said her husband’s longtime friend and golfing partner, Pete Whitten, gave Scott added life in his final years, following his Goodyear retirement and while he was regularly battling cancer of some sort.
“He allowed him to come to that golf shop (Pistol Pete’s) any time he wanted to and work on people’s clubs and interact with people who had the same passion for golf as he did,” she claimed. “He added time to his life with his friendship. And Scotty was all business when he was doing something for somebody.”
Entry fee for the ACS Scotty McCullar Memorial Golf Championship is $75 per-person, or $300 per four-person team. Lunch will be provided.
For more information, contact Dan Donaldson at (731) 571-2390 or Futrell at (731) 512-5017.
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