SML Invitational Golf Tournament winners

Lake Retreat Properties first place team included Wil Childress (from left), Jessie Pierce, John Childress and Matt Woodford (background).

Rainy weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the dozens of participants in the 23rd annual Smith Mountain Lake Invitational Golf Tournament on June 7 at The Westlake.

The team of Wil Childress, John Childress, Matt Woodford and Jessie Pierce, representing Lake Retreat Properties, captured first place in the 18-hole tournament. Bradley McCall, Johnny McCall, Chas Mitchell and Ronnie Mitchell of McCall Insurance Agency Inc. finished second while The Willard Companies’ team of Ron Willard Sr., Chris Gibson, Jesse Hall and Dana Hussey finished third.

In addition, prizes were awarded to Matt Woodford for the longest drive in the men’s division. Brooke Terry was awarded for the longest drive in the women’s division. Closest to the pin winners were Chris Gibson, Mike Turner and Tom Dale.

“We’re extremely grateful to the participants, volunteers and sponsors for making this event so much fun and such a success,” said Vicki Gardner, SML Regional Chamber of Commerce executive director. “Mother Nature may not have cooperated as we would have liked but everyone still had a ball.”