Put your $$$ where your favorite golfer is with 'Birdies for Bucks'

Pat Kenney • Jun 6, 2016 at 10:31 PM

The First Tee of Tri-Cities will host “Birdies for Bucks” on June 20 at Warriors Path Golf Course in Kingsport.

All proceeds will go toward the operation of the First Tee of Tri-Cities, which was formed in 2008 and has continued to grow and impact our area.

“Birdies for Bucks” will feature area PGA professionals, local amateurs and media. The concept is for each participant to play as many holes as he or she can on the longest day of the year, with supporters pledging money based on the number of birdies the professionals make throughout the day.

Amateurs and media can simply donate the amount of money of their choosing in their name. Go online at birdiesforbucks.com and select someone to support.

Members of the media participating include Paul Johnson and Casey Goetz from WCYB5, Kenny Hawkins and Chris McIntosh from WJHL11, and Pat Kenney from the Kingsport Times-News.

Since starting in ‘08 with just three facilities, the First Tee of Tri-Cities has now grown to nine host facilities with 273 students. Last year, the First Tee also introduced the game of golf to an additional 1,000 elementary school students through the newly created in-school program.

The First Tee of Tri-Cities has had a positive impact on junior golf in our community. This fundraiser should go a long way toward continuing that impact and the growth of the program locally.

“Birdies for Bucks” should be a fun day for everyone involved. Be sure to support the golfer of your choice with a generous tax-deductible gift to a very worthy program.

East Tennessee Amateur set to tee off

The 22nd annual Carter County Bank East Tennessee Amateur will be held July 1-3 at Elizabethton Golf Course.

Flight options for the Tri-Cities Amateur Tour points event are championship, senior and match play.

Entry fee is $150 and includes cart, green fees, range balls and lunch each day of the tournament. A practice round will also be included. The deadline to enter is June 27.

For more information, call the Elizabethton Golf Course at (423) 542-8051.