Children's Charity Classic golf tournament raises about $700,000

Nick Searcy of the TV series Justified played at the tournament Saturday in Lexington.
Nick Searcy of the TV series Justified played at the tournament Saturday in Lexington. Herald-Leader

The Lexmark/Cardinal Office Products team took home top honors at the Children’s Charity Classic golf tournament, which wrapped up Saturday.The event, in its 33rd year, raised just under $700,000.

After expenses are paid, the balance will be distributed during next year’s Children’s Charity Classic Week to organizations benefitting children.

Forty-four teams competed at the Andover Golf & Country Club and Greenbrier Golf & Country Club in Lexington. Each team was made up of one celebrity and four other team members, usually representing a local business.

Among this year's celebrities were former UK and current Denver Broncos tight end Jacob Tamme, actor Nick Searcy of the television series Justified, and former UK basketball star and Major League Baseball player Cotton Nash.

Teams of four pay $5,000 to compete in the tournament; celebrities come for free, and the Children's Charity Fund of the Bluegrass pays their travel expenses, said Kim Sweazy, chairwoman of the organization.

Winning teams were:

First place: Lexmark/Cardinal Office Products team, including Paul Hollan, Matt Kielman, Craig Raisor and Brian Sayre. Chef Beau MacMillan, of the Food Network, was the celebrity on this team.

Second place: S&S Tire Team No. 2, including Bruce Drake, Lowell Jackson, Billy Reynolds and Brooks Swentzel. Thad Daber, a world champion one-club golfer, was this team's celebrity.

Third place: Bluegrass Family Health, including Richard Carr, Briggs Cochran, Greg Engle and James Fritz. Randy Burke, a former University of Kentucky football player who spent time in the National Football League and now works for WKYT-TV, was the celebrity for this team.

The golf tournament capped off a week of activities including an anniversary dinner, junior golf tournament and a Kids Jamboree for children from the agencies the classic helps support.

On Monday, Children's Charity Fund of the Bluegrass distributed $375,000 raised during last year's events to 26 organizations that benefit children.

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