“We have 25 teams with six players on each team,” Ayers said. “Most charity golf tournaments have only four player teams, so I think we are one of the largest tournaments in the country.”
Ayers was grateful for the warm weather.
“It is a really nice day, we’re fortunate,” Ayers said. “We have a lot of old athletes here, including one from Baltimore and Van Tanner’s family from Virginia.”
Ayers, who coached Cedartown High School to their only state title in 1963 and later was an assistant coach at the University of Georgia, once again had lots of sports legends on hand to participate in the annual May event.
Among some of the big names were:
Larry Rakestraw, a former University of Georgia quarterback.
Billy Martin and George Patton, former All-Americans. Jack Watters, who played in the NBA and was on the All SEC team at Ole Miss. Chip Kale, an All-American in shot put.
Tom Brian, a past Auburn fullback as well as Bucky Ayers, who played at Auburn.
Jimmy Carter, who spent time at Auburn, along with Dan Pitts – the winningest high school football coach in Georgia state history.
Other notables were Ray Donaldson, former NFL player; Bill Banks, a standout from Georgia Tech; Ann Davidson, a golfer in the College Hall of Fame; Pete Cox, who won over 100 amatuer golf tournaments and Wendell Couch, a member of the golf Hall of Fame.
“We have many other lettermen here, too,” Ayers said. “We have so many it is hard to name them all. But I’m glad they are all here.”
The honorary chairman for this years tournament were Larry Kuglar and Don Smith.
“They have been very helpful with the tournament,” Ayers said.
Ayers also pointed out how much he appreciates all the other people who help out.
“I want to thank all of our contributors,” Ayers said. “They all do a good job.”
The legendary coach also noted how much Donnie Jarrell does.
“He does a heck of a job,” Ayers said. “He is the one who puts in all the phone calls to everybody.”