Winning The Trophy

Pastor Mark Hopper

Pastor Mark Hopper

By Mark Hopper
Recently a group of men from our church participated in the Walnut – Diamond Bar Sherriff Booster Club Golf Tournament.
Over 100 golfers enjoyed a beautiful day at the Western Hills Golf Club in Chino Hills. The goal of the tournament was to raise funds to provide shirts, uniforms and other equipment for the Sherriff’s junior cadet program.
The golf tournament featured a “Scramble” format where the golfers in each foursome help each other.
Each member in the foursome takes their first shot at the tee box. Then, they take their next shot from the location of the best hit in their group. They repeat this format until they reach the green. Then, each golfer putts from the same place on the green until one member of the group hits a ball into the cup.
It sounds pretty simple. Each golfer gets to play from the best shot each time. Usually at least one member of the group will hit the ball on the fairway and eventually one of them will hit their ball on to the green.
However, golf is never as easy as it looks. There were times when no one in our group hit the fairway. There were many times that we failed to reach the green in regulation. And, we had a hard time sinking our putts.
There was an award ceremony at dinner after the tournament. Scores were announced and prizes and trophies were awarded. The winning foursome had a score of 15 under par! That was amazing! They deserved their First Prize trophies.
Another foursome was given special recognition, too. They were given smaller trophies. The engraving on the trophy said, “Best Effort”. When the MC announced the winners of the “Best Effort” trophy, he called our names! We won!
However, what that “Best Effort” trophy actually meant was that our foursome actually had the worst score of the tournament! We really didn’t want that trophy. It was embarrassing.
In a few weeks, the Rotary Club of Walnut Valley and the Diamond Bar Community Foundation are also having their Golf Tournament at Western Hills Country Club. The date is Monday, May 9th.
The purpose of the tournament is to raise funds to benefit children and teens in our area. Money that is raised will be used for leadership camps, sports programs and local fine arts programs.
Both golfers and sponsors are invited to participate in this important annual event. For more information and registration details, please contact me at markh@efreedb.org or co-chairman, Lew Herndon at lewherndon@hotmail.com.
We will be using the same “Scramble” format, but we will not be giving out any “Best Effort” trophies. My golfing buddies don’t have any room in their trophy cases for any more of those!

Pastor Mark Hopper is from the Evangelical Free Church of Diamond Bar, 3255 South Diamond Bar Blvd.  Sunday services are 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.  For more information, call (909) 594-7604 or visithttp://www.efreedb.org