17th Annual Ronald McDonald Golf Classic raises $61K for RMHCA

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama (RMHCA) is thrilled to share that our 17th Annual Ronald McDonald Golf Classic raised $61,000 to fund our mission!

Golfers peel off to their course.


Monday, May 7 was a beautiful, sunny day for the scramble-style golf classic at Robert Trent Jones Oxmoor Valley. Twenty-eight teams comprising 112 golfers took off for the links bright and early at 9 a.m. after enjoying breakfast provided by McDonald’s and Royal Cup.

[See all the photos from the golf classic on our Flickr.]

In addition to competing for the best round, golfers had a chance to enter a raffle and poker run.


After play, the golfers reconvened at the Oxmoor Valley clubhouse for a barbecue lunch from Jim ‘N Nicks and our awards ceremony. As always, our award plaques were received well! The cards are handmade by RMHCA families. And we had a special prize this year for our last place teams to help motivate them in their practice rounds: a set of golf balls decorated by RMHCA kids.

Here are this year’s winners:

Longest Drive (Ridge course): Taylor Ray

Taylor Ray hit the Longest Drive on the Ridge Course!








Longest Drive (Valley course): Clint Champion

Clint Champion hit the Longest Drive on the Valley Course!








Closest to the Pin (Ridge course)

  • Front 9: Will Kelly
  • Back 9: Eric Watts

Eric Watts won Closest to the Pin on the Front 9 of the Ridge Course. Will Kelly won Closest to the Pin on the Back 9 of the Ridge Course.








Closest to the Pin (Valley course)

  • Front 9: Allen Baker
  • Back 9: Fred Elliott

Fred Elliott hit closes to the pin on the back 9 of the Valley Course.








First Place Team (Ridge course): Sponsored by BB&T

The winning team on the Ridge Course came in at 51 par!








  • Chuck Bracknell
  • Rick Hanna Jr.
  • Andrew Kniphfer
  • Will Kelly

First Place Team (Valley course): Sponsored by AmWins

The winning Valley Course team came in at 53 par!








  • Jay Prater
  • Hawkins Drinkard
  • Joel St. Laurent
  • Clint Champion

And our Last Place Teams who took home those very special practice golf balls are:

Valley Course: Sponsored by Coca-Cola

Stephanie Hanna

Jessie Hsia

Beth Johnson

Sandra Holliman

Ridge Course: Sponsored by Atlanta McDonald’s

Jody Hammond

Glenn Thacker

Corey Thacker

Ryne Stokes

Jason Wilks was the lucky Poker winner and he took home $200! Winston Wilks came out on top in the Putting Contest and also took home $200.

RMHCA would like to thank all our partners for making this event a success: Dr Pepper, Regions Bank, Hudson Company, AmWins, American Cast Iron and Pipe, BB&T, BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama, Coca-Cola, EBSCO Industries, Eskridge and White, Fairway Investments, Haynes Downard, Highland Commercial Mortgage, HK International, JCR Recycling, Keystone Foods, Loomis, Logista, Martin-Brower, McDonald’s Atlanta, Medical Properties Trust, MidSouth Baking, Renasant Bank, Restaurant Technologies, Inc., Royal Cup, Rick and Linda Walter, Scott Services, SS Nesbitt, Southern Company, The Pickett Family, United Johnson Brothers of Alabama, WJOX, Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff and Brandt, LLC.

RMHCA also share our gratitude to all the wonderful volunteers who helped the event go smoothly; Jim ‘N Nicks for a great lunch and to the Oxmoor Valley for hosting us.

If you missed the fun this year but want to join in 2019, please contact Special Events Manager Katie Hannah at 205-638-7264.