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Golfers hit the links to celebrate African-American heritage

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By The Staff

By Jimmie Earls

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This year’s theme for Springfield’s annual African-American Heritage Festival is celebrating “firsts”. So what better way is there to kick off the event than by hosting the first African-American Heritage Golf Scramble?

Golfers from near and far gathered at Lincoln Homestead Golf Course early Saturday morning to tee-off despite an early morning drizzle that disappeared by the time of the shotgun start.

Aside from prizes for the top team, several individual prizes were up for grabs as well. In fact, closest to the pin prizes were available on all par-three holes.

Those who lacked in golf skills still had a chance to walk away with something as door prizes were also given away.

“We had 13 teams this year,” said Nell Haydon, director of the Springfield Main Street Renaissance Program which sponsored the event. “We were very excited to have that many participants for our first year.”

The tournament was won by the team of Bob Noe Haydon, Bobby Haydon Jr., Bobby Haydon III and Joe Haydon.

The 6th annual Springfield African-American Heritage Festival will be held Friday, July 31 starting with a parade down Main Street at 6:30 p.m., followed by an evening of entertainment, food and fun.