The 2021 Archbold Classic was held on Monday, November 8th. The tournament raised over $205,000 for the Archbold Scholarship Program. Each year the fundraising success of the Archbold Classic is driven through sponsorships that are made toward the event by businesses and individuals. This year’s presenting sponsor was once again Thomasville National Bank / TNB Financial Services. Archbold and the Archbold Foundation greatly appreciates TNB’s generous support, as well as each business and individual who so generously gave toward this year’s event.
This year’s Classic was dedicated in memory of a great man who gave so much of his time, talents and treasure to the Archbold Foundation. Don Demsher loved the game of Golf and Archbold. In the early spring of 1995, the idea for a charity golf tournament was hatched by longtime Archbold supporters, Cliff Campbell, Pat Fenlon, Tom Perry and Johnny Wight. The official notes from their meeting confirm that Don was asked to be the Tournament Coordinator and begin securing players from the Nike Tour to play alongside each amateur team. From that point on, “Double D” became the head man in charge.
For 26 years, he was front and center, running the tournament with an iron fist, always ensuring that everyone would have a fun time while raising much needed financial support for the Archbold Scholarship Program. Along the way, Double D became great friends with the professional golfers who came each year to play. Budding stars on the PGA tour like Harris English, Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Chris DiMarco and Hudson Swafford all made appearances in the Archbold Classic thanks to Don’s affable personality and passion for the tournament. He was the reason they liked coming back year after year.
In late July, Don passed away at home surrounded by his loving family. As a way to memorialize him for all that he did over the years for Archbold, the “Demsher Cup” trophy was introduced at this year’s Classic. Each year the “low professional golfer” will be awarded the trophy and their name being engraved upon it. This year the Demsher Cup was awarded to John L. Smith from Statesboro, GA. The trophy, which includes the names of each “low professional golfer” since 1995, will forever be encased in the trophy room at Glen Arven for all to see.
Double D’s presence will be missed but his lasting legacy will never be forgotten.
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