Tomorrow at 1 p.m., more than 100 golfers will take to the Bridgeport Country Club for a day on the links. Unlike other days at the facility just off the Meadowbrook Road, the round of action will do more than provide some foursome annual bragging rights. Those golfing will help provide dollars to fully fund a pair of scholarships in honor of a pair of Bridgeport High School football legends.
The 15thannual Mary Reppert-Wayne Jamison Golf Tournament will get underway with a shotgun start at the BCC. Proceeds will benefit scholarships given annually in honor of the late Mrs. Reppert and Coach Jamison.
“We’ve got about 20 foursomes already,” said Steve Stout, who played under Jamison and helps organize the event. “That’s really about a full field, but we’ll squeeze a few more in if we have to.”
If all those who have signed up show up, they’ll likely be doing that already. Stout said there’s a singles list for individuals wanting to participate that are not part of a foursome.
“It’s really a popular event,” said Stout. “It’s always been fun, but it didn’t become successful overnight.”
Stout has participated in all 15 of the tournaments. He said in the initial years, the organizers struggled to make funds needed. Because of that, Stout wasn’t so sure there would be a 15thannual event.
“It was very tough in the beginning because we weren’t making the money and you got to the point where some of us were asking the question about putting so much time and effort into it and it wasn’t doing what we wanted it to,” said Stout. “Now, we’re making some money and it’s very much worth the effort. We’re evening thinking about raising the scholarship amount. Ultimately, we would like to give two complete, full-ride scholarships. We’re not quite there yet, but I think we’re getting closer.”
Many students have benefitted from the scholarships awarded as the result of this event. The recently graduated Bridgeport High School Class of 2012 had Nicholas Smith as the Mary Reppert Scholarship winner and Ryan Echard as the Wayne Jamison Scholarship winner.
The tournament honors the memory of Reppert and the accomplishments of Jamison. Reppert was a long-time supporter of the Indians football program and her presence on the sidelines was almost as prevalent as Jamison’s. She taught science and biology and then substituted at the high school for almost three decades. Reppert passed away in 1998.
Jamison’s accomplishments are not only etched in most city resident’s and alumni’s memories, but are literally etched on the BHS field, which is named in Jamison’s honor. His teams captured championships in 1972, 1979, 1986 and 1988.
“It’s something to come to this event and see someone you may not have seen for years, or even since you’ve left high school. It happens every year,” Stout said. “The ultimate part of seeing the newcomers heading back to Bridgeport and playing is listening to Coach Jamison. You can guarantee he’s going to be hurling insults at them and they’re quite open and he wants them to hear it. Of course, it’s all in good fun, but it really adds to the day.”
Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with the shotgun start, as mentioned; at 1 p.m. Cost to participate is $100 per player if anyone wants to show up Thursday. Proceeds from the tournament allow for two $1,000 scholarships to be given out each year. Entry fees include cart, green fees and a steak dinner following the tournament. The event includes prizes and a silent auction. For information contact Stout at 624-5411 (w) or 842-5142 (h), or Fay Jamison at 842-6510.