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Larry Dierker trades baseball for golf at swinging benefit for Literacy Advance

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News, Literacy Advance Reader Cup, Larry Dierker, Melanie Fisk, Judy Dierker, Feb. 2014
Larry Dierker, from left, Melanie Fisk and Judy Dierker at the Literacy Advance of Houston Reader Cup fundraiser. Photo by Matthew Crowley
29 our 8 Dan Pastorini at the Literacy Advance Reader Cup February 2014
Dan Pastorini at the Literacy Advance Reader Cup. Photo by Matthew Crowley
11 our 23 Reid Ryan with Victoria Ryan and Ella Ryan at the Literacy Advance Reader Cup February 2014
Reid Ryan with Victoria Ryan and Ella Ryan at the Literacy Advance Reader Cup. Photo by Matthew Crowley
12 our 24 Don Baird at the Literacy Advance Reader Cup February 2014
Don Baird at the Literacy Advance Reader Cup. Photo by Matthew Crowley
13 our 2 Paul Prestridge at the Literacy Advance Reader Cup February 2014
Paul Prestridge at the Literacy Advance Reader Cup. Photo by Matthew Crowley
38 our 36 Kenny Hand and Kimberli Bowman at the Literacy Advance Reader Cup February 2014
Kenny Hand and Kimberli Bowman at the Literacy Advance Reader Cup. Photo by Matthew Crowley
5 our 16 Mary Bracken at the Literacy Advance Reader Cup February 2014
Mary Bracken at the Literacy Advance Reader Cup. Photo by Matthew Crowley
37 our 33 Jennifer Brown, from left, Larry Dierker and Lara Bell at the Literacy Advance Reader Cup February 2014
Jennifer Brown, from left, Larry Dierker and Lara Bell at the Literacy Advance Reader Cup. Photo by Matthew Crowley
9 our 21 Todd Farquharson, from left, Drake Schunck and John Granato at the Literacy Advance Reader Cup February 2014
Todd Farquharson, from left, Drake Schunck and John Granato at the Literacy Advance Reader Cup. Photo by Matthew Crowley
News, Literacy Advance Reader Cup, Larry Dierker, Melanie Fisk, Judy Dierker, Feb. 2014
29 our 8 Dan Pastorini at the Literacy Advance Reader Cup February 2014
11 our 23 Reid Ryan with Victoria Ryan and Ella Ryan at the Literacy Advance Reader Cup February 2014
12 our 24 Don Baird at the Literacy Advance Reader Cup February 2014
13 our 2 Paul Prestridge at the Literacy Advance Reader Cup February 2014
38 our 36 Kenny Hand and Kimberli Bowman at the Literacy Advance Reader Cup February 2014
5 our 16 Mary Bracken at the Literacy Advance Reader Cup February 2014
37 our 33 Jennifer Brown, from left, Larry Dierker and Lara Bell at the Literacy Advance Reader Cup February 2014
9 our 21 Todd Farquharson, from left, Drake Schunck and John Granato at the Literacy Advance Reader Cup February 2014

With 1,200 hours as an adult basic education tutor under his belt and serious dollars raised through his annual golf tournament, it was only fitting that Larry Dierker and his wife, Judy, were in the spotlight when Literacy of Advance of Houston held the 2014 "Reader Cup" fundraiser at TopGolf.

The evening outing where golfers strutted their stuff and newbies picked up a few skills raised $100,000 for literacy programs throughout Houston. And that put a smile on the face of Literacy Advance executive director Melanie Fisk.

Serious golfers entered the friendly competitive play with TopScore and TopShot programs. The event's emcee John Granato, nationally syndicated host of Yahoo! SportsRadio 1560 program “PrimeCut,” captured longest drive honors while Woody Hardy had the highest score. Betty Johnston had the winning team, followed by Stice Consulting and Pinnacle Finance Strategies.

High, low and non-handicappers included Astros president of business operations Reid Ryan and his family, Tony Masraff, Dan Pastorini, Mary and Bill Bracken, Tim Toth and Jane Holston, Kenny Hand, Lara Bell, Jennifer Brown and Autumn and Paul Prestridge.

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