COPPERAS COVE — About 76 people teed off for a good cause while honoring the city’s late police chief during the 2017 Chief Tim Molnes Scholarship Golf Tournament on Saturday at the Hills of Cove Golf Course.

The money raised during the 18-hole inaugural event will benefit the Police Explorers program and provide scholarships for Copperas Cove High School graduating seniors.

Davis Dewald, golf pro at the course and co-organizer of the event, along with current Police Chief Eddie Wilson and Joe Brown, director of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, said they didn’t know how much money was raised during the event, though they estimated it will be several thousand dollars.

“It’s fantastic to get all of these people out here to showcase the golf course and raise money for a good cause,” Dewald said.

Wilson explained to the Herald how the idea came about, and what the event meant to him.

“A little under a year ago, myself and Joe Brown and City Manager Andrea Gardner sat down and started talking about planning the State of the City event, and we came up with the idea that why don’t we do a golf tournament to commemorate our police chief,” he said. “The ball just kind of got rolling from there.”

Wilson said he was pleasantly surprised by the turnout.

“We didn’t know going into it if there were going to be four teams, five teams, and in the end we ended up with 19,” he said. “Once again we underestimated the power of the community.”

There were four people in each team.

Molnes’ daughter, Kayla Flewelling, said her favorite part of the event was seeing her father’s legacy carry on while meeting his co-workers and friends.

“A big part of my dad, and who he was, is the city of Copperas Cove and making sure the citizens were taken care of. So for us, this is just a piece of his legacy that continues on and will do so year after year,” she said.

jdowland@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7464

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