A full field of 22 teams played Pine Bluff Country Club Friday, May 13 in the Inaugural Garland Tynes Memorial Scholarship Tournament. Tynes, who spent 45 years of his life as Superintendent at PBCC, died in a car accident in December 2021, along with John Simmons of Pine Bluff.
At the suggestion of Garland’s wife Kathy Tynes and their daughters Rachel Jett and Rebecca Ann East. The ASGA established the Garland Tynes Memorial Scholarship which would be awarded annually to a student wanting to study turf grass or turf grass management and possibly anting to be a golf course superintendent.
Garland was a founding member in the Golf Course Superintendents Association of Arkansas and Board Member Jed Spencer, Superintendent at Chenal Country Club, brought the GCSA State Champions Trophy, which Garland won in 1994.
“I was thrilled the ASGA Board of Directors got behind this and so thankful to Kathy and her family for suggesting we honor Garland in this way,” said ASGA Executive Director Jay Fox. “Garland was an icon in this business and had hundreds of friends who all loved him. Friday was a great day to celebrate his life and the legacy he leaves behind.”
Fox, paired with ASGA President David Shirey of Camden and fellow Board Members and Arkansas Hall of Famers Chris Jenkins and Wes McNulty to claim top prize with a 17-under par 54.
“Winning is always fun, but that is not what this tournament is about,” Fox said. “We are going to do this every year and so grateful to PGA Professional Chris Peebles and the membership at Pine Bluff Country Club, as well as our partner Simmons Bank.”
George Makris, CEO of Simmons Bank and his team that included Simmons Bank Board Member William Clark, finished second with a 55.
“It was great to see another founding GCSA member Bud Busken, longtime superintendent and co-owner of Longhills Golf Club,” Fox said, “and all the other superintendents who came out to support this tournament.”