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Star-studded turnout for Bethany tournament

by Scott Wright Modified: May 13, 2013 at 3:56 pm •  Published: July 9, 2010

I didn’t win a Heisman Trophy. I wasn’t the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft. And I didn’t win the closest-to-the-hole contest in the Bethany Alumni Golf Tournament on Friday.

So that makes three things Sam Bradford has over me.

Bradford has been back in OKC this week for a variety of activities, one of which turned out to be playing a round of golf with his St. Louis Rams teammate Chris Chamberlain in the Bethany High School Celebrity Alumni Tournament Friday at Lake Hefner South.

Bradford knocked his tee shot inside of three feet on No. 17, which was good for the top prize, $100. He hasn’t signed a contract yet, so the hundred bucks could’ve come in handy but it was promptly donated back to the Bethany golf teams.

Obviously, Bradford graduated from PC North, so he isn’t a Bethany alum, but neither am I. My father, Keith, was a Broncho and we’ve been playing in the alumni tournament since the mid-1990s. In all those years, I’ve never seen a celebrity turnout like they had this year, with Bradford, Chamberlain and Grady Cross — the Cross of the Yukon-grown band Cross Canadian Ragweed.

Quite a day at the golf course. And to top it off, the tournament was won — rather easily and even more fittingly — by the family of the late John Griffis. Griffis was the Bethany golf coach who died last November after falling from his house while working on his roof. The team consisted of John’s two sons, Matthew and Isaac, his father, Jay, and his nephew, Jonathan Williams. Jay Griffis and Williams stepped in to take John’s position as Broncho golf coach last year.

– Scott Wright, swright@opubco.com

by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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