Golf at Shoal Creek

Contributed by Judy Haise

Golfers who love to play Shoal Creek will get that opportunity at the 16th annual Katharine R. Ireland Memorial Golf Tournament April 14. Hall Thompson of Shoal Creek is honorary chairman of the event, which will benefit Glenwood Inc., an autism and behavioral health center.

Watch the Masters in Augusta over the weekend to get energized before coming out to Shoal Creek, sight of the first Ireland tourney in 1992, said tourney co-chairmen Patrick Drummond, Murray Priester and John Carter of Mountain Brook and golfer Steve Hudson of Liberty Park. There’ll be an early Monday morning breakfast, as well as a few course pointers given from several pros, including the club’s Eric Williamson before play.

Glenwood board member and Fox 6 News anchor Scott Richards will also be there to give the history of the two tourney namesakes and their determination to make a difference in the lives of those with autism. Glenwood board president Cullom Walker of Mountain Brook, also known as “The Hotdog King,” will be on the turn this year serving up some culinary surprises.

The awards ceremony and reception will conclude the day around 3:30 p.m. or immediately following play.
Glenwood is one of only two dozen agencies in the U.S. and one of Alabama’s oldest and largest providing residential services for adults with autism.

Assisting with the tourney will be representatives of presenting sponsor King Acura and Henry King of Hoover; Children’s Service League, Glenwood Junior Board and Junior League of Birmingham members; parents of Glenwood clients; and the Glenwood board of directors, including Robert Aland, Philip Young, George Wilbanks, Norman McNeill, Kacy and Guy Mitchell, Glen and Mallie Ireland, Gina Kitchens, Anne Boston and Drew Meyer.

For more information, contact tourney director Rebecca Sibley at 795-3267 or visit

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