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Bridgett Mizer, left, watches after connecting on a long drive, while Tommy and Thomas Tomlinson survey a long putt. All three competed in last weekend’s Belly Open – held annually to benefit the Oklahoma Panhandle State athletic teams. - Scott Puryear photos

**For Immediate Release**
Fun at the OPSU Belly Open
-by Aggie Sports 07/19/06

Goodwell, Okla. — Last weekend, nearly 40 golfers enjoyed the competition and camaraderie at the Belly Open Golf Tournament, held annually to benefit Oklahoma Panhandle State University athletics.

The Belly Open is a two-day event, with driving and putting contests on Friday and an 18-hole team scramble on Saturday, followed by an awards/recognition dinner.

This season’s event was just as enjoyable as in past years and in the Friday events at the Sunset Hills course in Guymon, Chase Cooper and Shanon Butler finished first and second respectively in the long drive contest. In the putting contest, Travis Wolf was first and Tony McFarland was second.
The event was in full swing on Saturday at Sunset Hills, with two flights of three golfer teams. The team of McFarland, Cameron Speck, and Lance Childress won the Championship Flight, turning in a score of thirteen under par. The team of Jerry Martin, Brad Martin, and Kyle Davis (OPSU head football coach) won the First Flight.

Serafin Ramon was the winner of Saturday’s longest drive competition and Billy Mizer made the longest putt.

After the golfing fun, the competitors were joined by several members of the OPSU coaching staff at an awards dinner held at the Guymon Elks Lodge. The meal was catered by Guymon Kentucky Fried Chicken. Many golfers received awards and prizes for their performances and there were many other gifts and prizes awarded through a raffle. Included in the raffle prizes were items from local businesses and merchants, OPSU team apparel, plus four tickets to a Texas Rangers game.

OPSU Athletic Director Jerry Olson served as Master of Ceremonies and several head coaches provided commentary on their respective upcoming seasons. Olson is also the head coach of the women’s basketball team and gave a preview of his squad, as well as the men’s basketball team. Davis also spoke of the upcoming football season, and reminded everyone that this year’s season opens in Goodwell on September 2, with a night game against Emporia State.

Nikki Cothran (softball) spoke about her team, and Jason Kueffler gave a presentation on the Aggie baseball team. Eric Viney provided a preview of the OPSU volleyball team and Brad Vanden Boogaard, one of the tournament organizers, also discussed the men’s and women’s golf programs.

There is ALWAYS fun at the OPSU Belly Open.

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