By Chelsea Bray- Elle A. Design
How the Bill Butler Champaign Open Started
In 1982, Bill Butler combined his love of golf and his passion to help people to create the Bill Butler Champaign Open. Bill had realized that there was a gap in funding for people with disabilities, causing many to go without basic needs. The BBCO raises funds to assist these individuals, many of which live right here in our community.
The golf tournament is usually held annually in August, but this year the event had to be cancelled. The amazing people with BBCO and at Champaign Residential Services, Inc.(CRSI) don’t want that to stop you from supporting this mission that is still very much needed, maybe even more during these times. There are so many unknowns right now, but not knowing if you will have your basic needs met should never be one of them.
For 2020, the organization has decided to have a Day of Giving on August 19th in place of the annual BBCO. The goal has not changed, and the focus is to raise funds to ensure the needs of those they serve are met. One hundred percent of the donated funds go to people being served by CRSI and make a huge difference in our community. Every single dollar raised will make a positive impact on someone’s life!
How to Donate
CRSI has set up an easy-to-use form on their website where you can make a donation. You can visit their site to donate today! You can also send a check made payable to BBCO to the address below.
Attn: Terri Thompson
P.O. Box 29
Urbana, Ohio 43078
Every dollar counts. Please help spread the word about the Day of Giving on August 19th and make this year a memorable one for the Bill Butler Champaign Open and everyone supported by the funds raised for CRSI.
After much deliberation, we have decided that we cannot continue with the Bill Butler Champaign Open as planned on August 19, 2020. The needs and safety of people are the foundations on which we have built our mission and core values around, and in this unprecedented time, we feel it best to honor those we serve.
BBCO Tops Off with Hole-in-One!
In 2012 Wendell Hill of Urbana scored his first hole-in-one, winning a 2012 GMC Terrain SLE.
This year, Austin Woodruff scored his first ace on the #3 par 3 at the Urbana Country Club on August 19. He wins $30,000 towards a new Chevrolet, Buick or GMC from Trenor Motors of Urbana. Woodruff was playing on the Johnson Welded Products team with teammates Mike Woodruff, Laren Robisson and TG Johnson.
According to Roger Tehan, president of Trenor Motors, Inc., the auto dealership upped the ante for each golfer a number of years ago. Originally the business offered one car on one Par 3 each year. Now it offers $30,000 towards a car on all four Par 3’s, giving each golfer a unique four chances to win a car.
The all day event makes room for two hundred golfers with twenty-five teams playing in the morning and twenty-five teams that tee-off in the afternoon.
The A.M. flight winning team was PERRYproTECH. Based out of Sidney the company has provided CRSI with information and technology support for many years. The P.M. flight winner was Bracken’s Pub,, a local business located in downtown Urbana.
Proximity Awards went to:
Mike Melvin (A.M.)
Pete White (P.M.)
Longest Drive (Men)
Doug Fenter (A.M.)
T.G. Johnson (P.M.)
Longest Drive (Women)
Shari Folker (A.M.)
Judy Saylor (P.M.)
Closet to the Pin
Mike Bosse (A.M.)
Austin Woodruff (P.M.)
Thank you to all golfers, sponsors and volunteers!
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