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About the Kelly & Poppa Lou Friends & Family Golf Classic


The Kelly & Poppa Lou Friends & Family Golf Classic was first played as the "Poppa Lou" following the passing of Lou Parsons in 1995 at the suggestion of Bart Leverich and Jerry Cross as a tribute to his friendly family spirit.

Lou & Kelly Parsons surrounded by family and friends at the Annual Labor Day softball game.

Organizers John & Buffy Whiting, Kelly Parsons and Founders, Bart Leverich and Gerry Cross
Buffy, John & Kelly with event founders Bart & Jerry

Buffy & John have organized the "Poppa Lou" since it began in 1995


The Poppa Lou Golf Event was organized to be fun for all ages of golfers by using a "scramble" format with a celebration party following each event.   Over the years the event has increased in popularity, in great part due to the hospitality of the Blackhead Mountain Golf Club and the Maassmann Family who recognized the unique focus of the event on families and having fun.


The "Poppa Lou" helps the Maassmann Family celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Blackhead Mountain Golf Club


From the start music has helped make the Poppa Lou a special event.  Family members have pooled their talents to provide musician entertainment to those sharing in the celebration that the Kelly & Poppa Lou Golf Classic has become.


Fran & Ian provide entertainment in 1997

The Family Band grows in 1999

More family members join in providing great music in 2008

The Family Band adds a drummer in 2009

Every year friends and family look forward to getting together for another Kelly & Poppa Lou Golf Classic and enjoying a day living the spirit of Lou Parsons in sharing golf, music, good food and friendship with friends and family.

Buffy & John Whiting



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