Officers plan golf tourney in memory of fallen comrades Avery, Ringler
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Sept. 20, 2005 -- Local public safety officials are joining forces to honor the memory of two of their own and their sons with what they hope will become an annual scholarship event.

State Trooper Stan Avery and Grapevine firefighter Matt Ringler, and their 11-year-old sons Jake Avery and Chance Ringler, were killed Sunday, June 13, 2004, in a motor vehicle crash on Interstate 30 in Hopkins County.

Friends and coworkers of the two public safety officials are now hosting a golf tournament in their honor.

�Both liked and were involved in sports and the community. Stan liked to play golf. He was a lot of fun and liked to have fun. We want to keep their memory going, so this is a way to remember them and have a good time,� said Buddy Williams,� who is helping coordinate the event, who added Avery and Ringler also coached their sons� athletic teams.

Williams said Ringler also worked with the Hopkins County and Brinker fire departments and was an instructor. Avery was a DPS officer in Hopkins and Lamar counties and also worked on the local drug task force.

�This is just our way of not forgetting them. We won�t forget and won�t let them be forgotten,� said Jay Sanders, another coordinator.

�We appreciate the response from the community during the time of the tragedy. It was just tremendously overwhelming. We hope they will also help us remember them with this,� Bruce Roberts said, gesturing to the flyers and registration forms for the �Boiled Owl Scholarship Golf Tournament in Memory of Stan and Jake Avery and Matt and Chance Ringler.�

The name for the tourney comes from one of Avery’s more memorable expressions he used to describe someone who gave him a hard time or who did not appear to apply common sense.

�Anytime he had to deal with someone who gave him a hard time he�d say, �He was as goofy as a boiled owl,� or �goofier than a boiled owl.� It stuck. Its been around at least 10 years in the law enforcement community,� according to Williams.

The Avery-Ringler memorial tournament will be held Saturday, Oct. 8, at Sulphur Springs Country Club. The six-person scramble will begin with a 1 p.m. shotgun start, and lunch will be provided at the club beginning at 11:30 a.m. The organizers hope to have 22 teams entered, but still have plenty of room for additional teams to sign up. Range balls will be provided. A barbecue dinner will be sponsored by the public safety officers following the tourney. The dinner is free for tournament participants. Anyone else can partake of the food and enjoy music by Monty Tipps for $10.

Anyone wishing to enter a six person team can do so for $50 per person. Solo players wanting to join in can do so for the fee.

�Individuals are welcome,� Roberts said. �If they don�t have a team, we will find a team for them.�

�If you come, expect to have a lot of donated door prizes and a lot of fun. If someone wants to play or contribute in any way, we welcome them,� Sanders said. �We�ve had a pretty good response for sponsorship, but if anyone wants to sponsor holes or donate anything or contribute in any way, they can.�

Corporate sponsorship requires a donation of at least $250, and includes a banner displayed on the first hole by the club house. A team sponsor providing $300 will have the sponsor’s name associated with a team of public safety officials and friends. Hole sponsorship is $50. Other donations of any amounts will also be accepted.

All proceeds from the Avery-Ringler memorial tourney will be used to fund scholarships for current and future public safety officials, and for continuing education and training at East Texas Police Academy, which is offered locally through Kilgore College and North East Texas Regional Academy-Fire/EMS, according to Sanders.

Entry forms can be obtained by calling Jay Sanders at 903-348-7138, Buddy Williams at 903-348-1712 or Bruce Roberts at 903-243-1517. Entries, including the entry fee, along with the name of each team member and whether or not that player will need a cart, or sponsorship information should be mailed to Boiled Owl Benefit, c/o Guaranty Bond Bank, P.O. Box 637, Sulphur Springs, TX 74583-0637, or fax the information to 903-885-0615.

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