Duffers Awards Dinner

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The Pittsburgh Duffers is one of the oldest African-American based golf clubs in the United States. The organization with beginnings that date back to 1946, celebrated and awarded its members and founders on Oct.15, at the Courtside Room at Club 4 Life in Monroeville.

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WINNERS OF THE DUFFERS CUP—Rock Robinson, Tom Boyd, Purdie McGrath and Dave Powell. (Photos by Debbie Norrell)

The members of the Pittsburgh Duffers were eager to talk about their love of the game. The Duffers play somewhere different every Sunday in a 150 mile radius of the city. Bill Herring says his favorite course is Mystic Rock (Nemacolin), but Purdie McGrath leans towards Madison on Route 70. They shared that the golf clubs are always changing and it’s not unusual to purchase a new driver each year. Gerald Fox, one of the founders of the Pittsburgh Duffers, says back in the day they used to meet at the Flamingo Hotel. Fox had fond memories of their early beginnings.

After a delightful buffet dinner it was time for awards. Rick Murphy, Jerry Williams and Donnie Goodnight presented the Purple Ball Award to Rock Robinson, Dave Powell and Ed Powell. The gentlemen received gift cards, champagne and purple golf balls. This award was presented for their hard work.

The Teddy Rhodes Gucci Award went to the best dressed men on the golf course. As legend would have it, Rhodes used to play nine holes and then go and change clothes and play another 9. The winners of the “Gucci” award were: Anthony Kirkland, Russell Drake, Robert Robinson, Rick Murphy, David Powell, Bill Hawthorne, David Harris, Tom Boyd, Evan Baker and the number one dresser was Dennis James.

Ed Powell was recognized as the most improved golfer while Jim Skipwith received special recognition for serving on multiple boards. The Duffers Cup went to the top man in his flight and they are able to keep the cup in their home for one year.

The Duffers Cup went home with Rock Robinson, Purdie McGrath, Tom Boyd and Dave Powell. Deejay Chris Goodnight and Jazz Garcelle provided the entertainment for the evening.

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