As storms rolled through the area on Friday evening, organizers for the Single Parent Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament held on to the hope that their annual fundraiser at Little Creek Country Club the following morning would continue to build on the success of previous years.

The skies cleared and the weather was beautiful Saturday as golfers from across the region lined the course for the two-man scramble in hopes to take home one of the cash prizes in two flights awarded and to take their shot at a hole in one chance to win prize of a golf cart provided by Mark and Kevin Goodson of Fort Smith Golf Cars.

While there was no hole in one winner, the course conditions were superb considering the significant storms only hours earlier. Most teams felt the course played longer with softer landing areas. This year, the first flight winners were a father and son team from Van Buren, Jeff and Payton Wahman. True to fashion, Jeff said his son carried them most of the round.

While those who took home cash prizes on the day were happy, everyone was enjoying a cool drink and the hot ham and cheese sandwiches in the shade as temperatures began to rise as the tournament completed. And as happy as those in attendance were, the real winners from this eventare single parents in Logan County. Eight volunteers worked tirelessly to make sure the numerous sponsors and donors were recognized, as the events of the day will long outlast the scorecards.

For the Single Parent Scholarship Fund, this was their fifth tournament and raised an estimated $8,000 on the day. All of those funds, as well as those they raise from sponsorship’s, churches, and other organizations throughout the year stay in Logan County and have allowed them to award over 100 scholarships to single parents seeking to improve their situation. The funds help single parents with continuing education and eliminating barriers preventing them from making a better life for their families.

Organizers were continually smiling as they worked diligently throughout the event, praising the efforts of Little Creek Country Club and the excellence of the facility while also humbly acknowledging all of the sponsors and donations that make their mission possible. If you are interested in donating to the Single Parent Scholarship Fund or finding a way to get involved, you can contact the Chair of the Board of Directors, Jessica Philmon at

For scholarship applications, go online to before the next deadline on Sept. 15.