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2nd Annual Jeff Shockley Memorial Scholarship Tournament Scheduled for September 24th

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Poteau OK: The Poteau Chamber of Commerce and Tournament Organizers are once again excited to continue the legacy of community development and leadership in the name of a man that was and still is Poteau. Tournament organizers are working to make this tournament as unique as the man that it is named. Organizers will continue to partner with Carl Albert State College and award scholarships to area student leaders. Last year five 1,000-dollar scholarships were awarded on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce and Jeff’s Family. "No matter how horrible you are at golf because a bad day of golf is better than a good day at work and Jeff Shockley could make any bad day or a game of golf better with his contagious spirt and humor. This tournament will continue to honor him and how he wanted Poteau to continue to build its foundation, states Chris Ward Tournament Chairperson.”

Former Poteau Mayor Jeff Shockley loved playing golf and being with friends and business prospects. He loved showing off the area and the 2 golf courses. The Chamber wants to honor his name and help support a scholarship named for Shockley at Carl Albert State College who passed away suddenly in May of 2020. Just like his love for golf he loved doing projects that helped make Poteau a more attractive City naming Poteau “above the ordinary”. The Chamber has chosen to use some of the proceeds for the Jeff Shockley Economic Development Community Fund for the projects in progress. The City of Poteau and The Chamber are working with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation Grant started by Shockley himself to complete the area in and around the Donald W. Reynolds Center. “Currently the glass flowers are just the beginning of the project that will expand a walking trail around The Donald W. Reynolds Center through the Carl Albert Campus. As any other projects that require materials Covid has set us back. We will not stop, and the organizers will continue to the finish. We are still continuing to be amazed by the support of the community that make the tournament a huge success Jeff Shockley style,” states Karen Wages Chamber CEO.

“Jeff Shockley had such a positive impact not only in his community and throughout the state we are happy to keep the legacy of his 20-year impact going. His passion was working with people and bringing the community together and building a strong foundation for Poteau’s future. Filling Jeff’s shoes for the past 3 Years honors me to carry on with what he loved, states Scotty White, Poteau City Mayor.

The tournament will be a 4-Man Team Scramble with Tee Time at 9:00 a.m. on September 24th at The Wolf Ridge Country Club in Poteau. Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place teams with bonus putts and a chance to drive off the famous Watson Motors Potty Driver. Merchants in Poteau are donating items for a raffle. Team Forms and Sponsor forms are available at the Chamber and online at


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For more information contact Karen Wages 918-647-9178 or e-mail

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