Blazing Success! Fore the Flames Golf Tournament

May 6, 2024 / Christine Coddington

Blazing Success! Fore the Flames Golf Tournament 

What a day! The sunrise appeared over the horizon with zero rain in sight. 150 golfers participated in the annual Fore the Flames Golf Tournament on Friday, May 3, raising more than $40,000. Proceeds will support student financial aid and the EMS athletics program.

The tournament was hosted at Heritage Oaks Golf Course in Harrisonburg and made possible by sponsors and volunteers, parents, alumni, and Alumni Board members.

Golfers competed for greens fees certificates, Flames logo wear, and Harrisonburg Downtown Dollars. A 50/50 raffle for athletics offered the winner half the prize pool!

The planning team included Mattias Clymer (chair), Steve Burkholder, Stephanie Forbes, Megan Helbert, Eric Martin ’72, Barry McNeely, Trevor Parmer,  Adam Savanick, Joel Shank, Stacy Shiflet, Lisa Shank (hospitality co-chair),  Kelsey Swartzentruber (hospitality co-chair), Sara Tranum (volunteer coordinator). EMS staff: Erin Kennedy Hess, Trisha Blosser, Andrew Gascho, Paul Leaman, and Christine Coddington

Signature sponsors:

  • The Graves Family, scoreboard 
  • Weaver Insurance & Financial Advisors, scoreboard
  • Gaines Group Architects, beverage cart
  • Partners Excavating Co, lunch sponsor
  • Blauch Brothers, lunch sponsor
  • LD&B, Erie Insurance, title sponsors
  • PBMares, putting green
  • Interchange, putting green
  • Momentum Earthworks, driving range sponsor
  • Rockingham Redi-Mix, Flames Family
  • VistaShare, hospitality
  • Weaver’s Flooring America, hospitality

Royal Blue Hole sponsors

  • Hank’s Gille and Catering
  • Packsaddle Ridge Golf Club
  • Park Rose Village
  • Park View Federal Credit Union
  • R.S. Monger and Sons, Inc.
  • Secure Solar Futures
  • McNeely Family
  • Horizons Edge Sports Camps

Hole contest sponsors

  • Schlabach Drywall, Inc.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Maplewood Valley Ranch
  • MSL Consulting
  • Highway Motors

Hole-in-One contest sponsors

  • Mattias Clymer
  • Venture Builders, Inc.

Student support sponsors

  • Weyers Cave Medical
  • Suter Engineering, PC
  • The Graves Family
  • VMRC Foundation
  • TWG Insurance

In-kind sponsors:

  • WBTX Radio, media sponsor
  • Eddie Edwards Signs
  • Pepsi (PCVA)
  • EMS Food Science Nutrition Class

Save the date for 2025
Next year’s Fore the Flames Golf Tournament will take place Friday, May 2. Sponsors and volunteer planners are welcome any time! Go to or contact Erin Kennedy Hess.

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