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Thompson Golf Outing hits a hole-in-one


September 1, 2021

ALL IN THE THOMPSON FAMILY – The memory of the late Monty Thompson lives on through his children and grandchildren. They and other family members celebrate his life at the annual Monty Thompson Continuing Education Foundation Golf Outing. From left: Barbara Thompson, Jim Thompson, Reed Hackleman, Christy Hackleman, Tatum Hackleman, event organizer Mike Miller, Jane Thompson, Cresten Pore, Chad Pore, Audrey Pore, Megan Ferrell, Bo Ferrell holding Ryder Ferrell and Mazie Ferrell. Grandsons Caydan and Connor Pore were there also but missed the picture. They came late because they had football practice, Grandma Jane said.

The Monty Thompson Continuing Education Foundation's (MTCEF) 12th Annual Golf Outing was like hitting a hole-in-one for the amount raised and the number of golfers.

The outing raised a record-setting "over $12,000," according to event organizer Mike Miller. He said that 76 golfers participated on 19 teams, which is the "most ever." They raised funds through donations, raffle and auction.

"Again, as in the past 12 years, we had amazing support from Kiowa and the surrounding communities," Miller said. He thanked the Anthony Golf Course for hosting the golf outing.

The MTCEF has funded over $130,000 for the teachers and staff for the purchase of educational materials through grant requests. In turn teachers use the money to carry out special projects in their classrooms, field trips, etc., to benefit students.

Thompson's widow Jane, a retired elementary teacher said, "The Thompson family and the South Barber Schools are very appreciative of the success of the MTCEF Golf Outing. Monty loved his kids at school and we are thrilled that the outing has continued to grow every year. With continued community support the MTCEF has been able to fund many worthwhile projects. There were many friends, co-workers and former students who participated this year. A bonus for me was that all four of our grandsons played. Our granddaughter Tatum got to be there also. Monty would be so proud!"

Thompson was a beloved educator, principal at South Barber High School and avid golfer until he lost his valiant fight against melanoma cancer in 2008.


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