17th annual Kirk Mee a success
May 19, 2013
Wilmington College's new football coach, Stacey Hairston (right) and WC President Jim Reynolds (center) enjoy meeting Pro Football Hall of Fame member Leroy Kelly Friday (May 17) at the 17th annual Wilmington College/Kirk Mee NFL Celebrity Golf Tournament at Snow Hill Country Club. Hairston played defensive back from 1993 to 1995 for the Browns, the team for which Kelly was a league-leading rusher in the mid-1960s. (Wilmington photo/Randy Sarvis)
Years from now the 17th Annual Kirk Mee/NFL Golf Outing may be viewed as the year that boosted the profile of the yearly Wilmington College fundraiser to the next generation of fans and WC supporters.
“Obviously with Kirk and his history, he is from an older generation than I am,” said Wilmington head football coach Stacy Hairston. “All of his friends are good guys, but the younger generations really don’t know us. My goal is to help bring in a few more (younger) celebrities to the group.”
A former Cleveland Browns safety, Hairston was hired to lead the Quakers football program in January. He has been involved with the NFL alumni association, and his ties could not only bring younger NFL alums, but possibly a larger number.
The winning team of former Bengal Doug Pelfrey, Bobby Henderson Jr., Bobby Henderson III, Andy Kloenne and Mike Favin-Frey claimed victory in the event with a 13-under 57. Finishing one stroke off the lead was the team of former Bengal David Fulcher, Rod Randall, Dave Vail, Julie Italiano and Andrea Zorb, while Hairston joined the group of Phillip Zeigler, Doug Zeigler, Mark Williams and John Chambers also came in at 12-under par.
While golf was the primary function, getting together with old friends was welcomed as well.
“I really look forward to coming back,” said Kirk Mee. “I actually really look forward to getting ready for the tournament because it re-connects me with my old friends.”
In the 17 years of the event, Fulcher has been a stalwart on the green. It’s an event that holds a special place in his golfing calendar.
“This is the NFL on the golf course,” said Fulcher. “We get a chance to reminisce with some guys from back in the day. Kirk Mee is a fantastic guy. Anytime we can help with charities, no matter what it is, we like to give back. The sad thing about all of it is, when the Bengals packed up and went to Georgetown, the Wilmington folks who followed me and the Bengals back in the day, missed it. We get an opportunity to come back and give back to Wilmington College. I think the guys are excited about it and so am I. This is where is started for me.”