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    E-Z Mart Swings into Action

    Yates charity golf outing raises more than $113,000 in Texarkana.

    TEXARKANA, Texas -- More than 250 golfers were on hand last week at the annual Jim Yates Memorial Charity Golf Classic to help E-Z Mart Convenience Stores Inc. raise money for local charities. The golf outing is a tribute to Jim Yates, the founder of E-Z Mart, who died in 1999.

    The event, which raised more than $113,000 was held at the Texarkana Country Club. Players competed in 64 four-man teams playing in two flights during the all-day event. Team members included individuals from the E-Z Mart management team as well as different vendor representatives and businesses that work with the company throughout the year.

    E-Z Mart operates 420 stores in five states, employing nearly 3,200 people.

    Prizes were awarded for the top three finishers, longest drive and closest to the hole in each of the flights. Results of the tournament include:
    Morning Flight
    * First place: Jack Moore, Lee Dixon, Alan Hendrix and Tim Blasor.
    * Second place: Toby Norris, Max Madden, Jeff Gibbons and Mike Shores.
    * Third place: Larry Fleming, Gary Phillips, Jimmy Fertittla and Vicki Platt.
    Long drive: Craig Falkgout.
    Closest to the hole: Chip Carney.

    Afternoon Flight
    * First place: Scott Woodard, Bill Patterson, Ken Moore and Ronnie Cross.
    * Second place: FaEllen Yates, Mike Walsh, John Wathen and George Bott.
    * Third place Morgan Breard, Nick Atkins, Jeff Frey and Glen Lofton.
    * Long drive: Craig Powell.
    * Closest to the hole: Scott Woodard.

    The tournament was highlighted by two-hole-in-ones, shot by Ted Thomas and David Parry, and a silent auction. The money raised will benefit Muscular Dystrophy Association, The American Cancer Society, The Susan G. Komen Foundation and Easter Seals, among others, the company said.

    Since the inception of the tournament in 1990, more than $800,000 has been donated to charitable organizations. The tournament was renamed three years ago in honor of E-Z Mart founder and president Jim Yates.

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