‘It means everything to us’: 134 players pack course for 3rd annual John E. Hunt Memorial Golf Tournament

Cross Creek Golf Course was packed with 134 players Saturday competing in the third annual John E. Hunt Memorial Golf Tournament. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The third annual John E. Hunt Memorial Golf Tournament was hosted at Cross Creek Golf Course Saturday and 134 players on 34 teams packed the course to help honor a friend and support a great cause. The tournament was first held in 2021 after longtime Cullman Parks and Recreation Director John Hunt passed away in March 2020. The Hunt Family Foundation runs the event each year and the proceeds from the tournament go toward funding scholarships to Auburn University and Wallace State Community College for Cullman County Students. John’s wife, Elizabeth Hunt was happy to be able to establish the Hunt Family Foundation this year and is proud to continue supporting Cullman County students and parks and recreation programs.

“This year we established the Hunt Family Foundation, so we’ll continue to fund scholarship opportunities for Cullman County students at Auburn and Wallace State and we hope to do more with the community and with park and rec,” Hunt said. “We’ll be partnering with park and rec to make sure that kids that want to play are able to and can pay their registration fee.”

Elizabeth was excited to see so many in the community take on the heat Saturday to support her family’s cause and share some of their favorite memories of John.

“It is amazing,” Hunt said. “It’s very humbling that people decide to come out and support the cause and remember John and share stories about times and conversations that they’ve had so we’re just completely overwhelmed.”

John’s son, Ryan, was proud to see a great turnout for the event too and is happy to report it has been very successful. They’ve been able to reach a lot of their goals ahead of schedule and it means a lot to Ryan and his family to see and feel the continued support.

“This is just very humbling to have all these people come out year after year. Dad touched everybody in his own way, and everybody has a story. It’s just nice to be able to celebrate him and put on a great cause,” Ryan said. “We hit our five-year goal at Auburn in one year and we’re going to hit our 10-year goal this year so it’s just special. It means everything to us. It’s a great way to honor his legacy.”

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