Chip-A-Ways will have 9-11 remembrance at tournament

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Members of the Cape JC Chip-A-Ways golf league have no problem remembering where they were on Sept. 11, 2001.

The attacks on the World Trade Center took place just before the start of their annual member-guest tournament.

"We had just had our registration for the shotgun start, where people get their cards for their hole assignments," said Evelyn Riley. "Some women came out of the clubhouse and said a plane had hit the World Trade Center, and at that point, we thought it was a terrible accident. Some of us went inside to watch and we learned there was more to it.

"Then we stopped and said a prayer."

They will stop again this morning -- between 8:30 and 9 a.m. -- before the start of the annual tournament to remember those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks. Cape Girardeau Mayor Jay Knudtson is expected to join in the remembrance.

The golf tournament that follows at Cape Jaycee Municipal Golf Course will feature 48 two-women teams playing in an 18-hole scramble format.

The field includes 22 members and several guests taking part in a tournament that goes back more than 20 years. Included is the team of Sissy Burnett and Sherrie Simmons, who won last year's event by one stroke with a score of 67.

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