Herd women’s scramble celebrates 15th year
HUNTINGTON — The smile on the face of Doris Andrews said it all on Monday afternoon.
Andrews and her late husband, Bart, have always been key cogs in a large contingent of supporters for Marshall women’s basketball.
One of the events that Bart Andrews loved each year was the program’s annual golf scramble.
On Monday, that event — fittingly named the Bart Andrews Memorial Golf Tournament — took place at Guyan Country Club with supporters who have joined Bart and Doris Andrews for many years to help keep one of the key fundraisers for Marshall women’s basketball going.
“There’s a lot of loyal women’s basketball supporters in that room,” Marshall head coach Tony Kemper said. “Obviously, Bart was a huge part of that for years. There’s a lot of people in there that play in this tournament every year, and this is our 15th year. The loyalty that a lot of them show is certainly appreciated.”
The tournament is organized by Mark Tolliver, another key figure who has taken on the task of making sure that the tournament runs in prime condition each year and that everything goes off without a hitch.
Following the event, John Sutherland, executive director of the Big Green Scholarship Foundation, presented Tolliver with a gift for his loyalty to the event throughout the years.
This was the first year that the event was played at Guyan Country Club, which Kemper said was a big hit with those playing in the tournament.
“We are significantly up on teams who are in it,” Kemper said. “We’ve always had a good turnout, but obviously the golf out here is fantastic. It’s a great course and it’s very well-run. Mark Tolliver puts in a ton of work for this and it’s always been well-run. Moving into this venue just kicks it up a couple notches.”
There was a slight weather delay early in the afternoon, but it turned into a blessing in disguise, of sorts, for the golfers and Marshall’s players, who all gathered near the clubhouse and spoke during the hour-long stoppage.
Kemper said that interaction is one major benefit of the event for his team.
“They did a great job interacting with these golfers today,” Kemper said. “They understand that Marshall is a special place. If it’s in your blood, it’s in there for good. Our players understand the importance of this day for our program because what we’re doing today will directly impact their time at Marshall.”