First Tee's Birdies for Bucks setting course for marathon day

Pat Kenney • May 15, 2017 at 12:48 AM

For golfers, birdies are what it’s all about. And on Friday, June 2 at Warriors Path Golf Course, it will be all about birdies for 34 area PGA professionals, amateurs and celebrities.

The second annual “Birdies for Bucks” golf marathon will take place that day and the field will have just one goal in mind: make a bunch of birdies. Or in the case of some of the others: just to survive trying to play as many holes as humanly possible in one day!

Each participant will be soliciting pledges over the course of the next few weeks hoping to raise money for the First Tee of Tri-Cities. For each birdie that one of the 34 players makes, money will be donated to the First Tee.

While the low handicappers will be stalking birdies all day, many of the others — yours truly included — will be hoping for a birdie or two and having their pledges based on holes played. The pledges can take any form with the key being to support the First Tee of Tri-Cities.

At last year’s event, the field played more than 2,000 holes in one day and made 408 birdies, raising $23,000.

The mission of the First Tee is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

The First Tee of Tri-Cities, which was formed in 2008, falls under the control of the Tennessee Golf Foundation. After starting from scratch, in 2016 the program had 208 students being taught at several area golf courses by seven coaches.

Additionally, the First Tee introduced the game of golf to 1,000 elementary school students in its recently created in-school program.

All proceeds go to benefit the First Tee of Tri-Cities, a program that not only introduces kids to golf but also teaches them the First Tee’s Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.

If you’ve yet to hear from one of the Birdies for Bucks participants, you can visit the website birdiesforbucks.com and find your favorite player and make a pledge.

It’s all for a very worthy cause and you know there will be some very tired, but happy, golfers at the end of this marathon day of golf.

Shannon O. Evans Invitational on tap

The 17th annual Shannon O. Evans Men’s Invitational will be hosted by Cedar Hill Country Club in Jonesville on May 20-21.

Entry fee is $90 for members and $100 for non-members and includes golf and cart fees both days and a meal on Saturday afternoon.

For more information or to sign up, call the Cedar Hill Country Club golf shop at (276) 346-1535.

Tillinghast Invitational still accepting entries

Johnson City Country Club will hold its annual Tillinghast Invitational on June 3-4.

This 36-hole stroke-play event is open to all amateur golfers who have a current official USGA Handicap Index.

There will be championship, senior championship, 50-and-older and regular flights contested. The tournament is a points event for both the Tri-Cities Amateur Tour and the Tennessee Golf Association.

Entry fee is $135. Carts will be available for $20 per day. For more information and to register, call the JCCC golf shop at (423) 928-5161.