"I'm happy with what I've seen. When the guys come off the course, if they have a smile on their faces, then I'll know it will be even larger next year. We established a solid foundation for this annual event," Johnson said. Former Sen. Alfred Lawson, Jr. echoed those sentiments. "I think this is an outstanding event for coach Johnson to do. It is a great opportunity to expose people in the community to the basketball program. This was a great turnout today and anytime you have Julius Erving and Andrew Toney come into town, it indicates that in the future you'll have even more athletes supporting this event," he said.
The tournament had the popular four-man best ball format. The beautiful Southwood layout was no match for the level of golfers who played in the tournament. The winning team of Robert Mungen, Hank Sykes, Alfred Lawson III and Hubert Tucker shot a scorching 51 to take first place. The second and third place teams tied with scores of 53. With the tiebreaker, the team of Kyle Gaines, Maurice Allen, Terrance Dorsey and Russell Brown defeated the third place team of Galen Aldrich, Clinton Byrd, Kris Hannah and Kamiah Johnson.
On the night preceding the tournament, Johnson hosted a private "pairing party" at the aloft hotel in downtown Tallahassee. Members of the media including the Tallahassee Democrat and WCTV Channel 6 were on hand to get a glimpse of the special guests and pairings for the tournament. Photos from that event can be found in the following gallery: GALLERY
In the ancillary contests, former FAMU golf team member Shepherd Archie had the longest drive of the day, unleashing a 340-yard bomb that actually ended up on the green of the par-four hole. Hubert Tucker won the closest-to-the-pin contest, dropping an approach to within six feet of the flag.
The inaugural tournament drew several local notables, including: Glenn "Notty Pine" Edwards, Al Lawson, Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young, former Tallahassee Regional Airport director of Aviation Ken Austin, FAMU athletic director Derek Horne, attorney Henry "Skip" Hunter and others.