By Ethan Colbert
More than 70 golfers from throughout the area turned out for the Fourth Annual Junior Ellis Memorial Golf Tournament on Sunday afternoon at the Norwoods Golf Course near Hannibal.
The annual golf tournament, which serves as the primary fundraiser for a collegiate scholarship program benefiting Bowling Green High School and Hannibal High School student athletes, is named after the late Junior Ellis, of Saverton.
Ellis, who died in 2014, was a graduate of Frankford High School who went on to become a longtime booster and supporter of Bowling Green High School and Hannibal High School athletic programs.
The annual golf tournament is organized annually by Ellis’ surviving children, Greg Ellis and Susan (nee Ellis) Pinkerton.
This year’s event, which featured 18 teams of golfers, raised more than $4,000 for the scholarship program.
Ellis and Pinkerton award one scholarship, at a minimum of $250 per scholarship, each spring to a Bowling Green High School graduate and a Hannibal High School graduate. To qualify for the scholarship the applicant must have participated in at least one sport at Bowling Green High School. The applicant must also complete a 200-word essay and submit letters of recommendation.
The winners of this year’s golf tournament were Cyle Conrad, of Frankford; Jason Kneib, of Bowling Green; Brett Hanson, of Frankford; and Josh Calvin, of Bowling Green.
The Fifth Annual Junior Ellis Memorial Golf Tournament is scheduled for September 8, 2019.