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Annual golf tourney in Elizabethton to raise funds for foundation

June 3rd, 2013 10:24 am by John Thompson

Annual golf tourney in Elizabethton to raise funds for foundation

ELIZABETHTON — It’s time for the Fifth Annual Peggy Merryman Memorial Golf Tournament at the Elizabethton Golf Course. 

The tournament, to be held Saturday, is the major fundraiser held each year by the Elizabethton/Carter County Community Foundation. Borla Performance Industries is this year’s sponsor.

The format will be a two-person select shot format. The entry fee is $50 per player. Early registration is encouraged by calling Jim Wilson at 543-1938 or Erik Anderson at 772-3010.

A meal will be provided by Fatz of Elizabethton. A putting contest will also be held with a cash prize to the winner of $300. The putting contest is sponsored by Doe River Wine and Spirits, Eastside Liquor and Wines and Lighthouse Wines and Liquor. A ticket package for a red tee, a mulligan and the putting contest will be available at check-in for $10.

The tournament is open to all interested golfers, regardless of ability. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. and lunch will be at noon. A shotgun start is set for 1 p.m. Awards and prizes will be provided for the top team in each division. The divisions are men, women, mixed and seniors (65 and over).

The tournament is in memory of Merryman, who was one of the community foundation’s original members of the board of directors. She was an avid golfer, mayor of Elizabethton and was very involved in helping and improving the community.

This year’s sponsor, Borla Performance Industries, located in Carter County in 2008. It employes about 125 workers and has been well-known for decades as a top-of-the-line manufacturer for classic and high-performance cars.

Foundation spokesman Erik Anderson said “it is great to not only have such a great industry partner in Carter County, but also to know that there are a lot of cars out there with a bit of Carter County in them.”

The Elizabethton/Carter County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the East Tennessee Foundation. Its goal is to enrich the quality of life for citizens of Carter County and accomplishes that by holding two fundraising events each year and awarding that money for projects that take place in Carter County.

Over the past three years, the community foundation has given out $21,910 to local projects. These funds have been awarded to 14 nonprofit projects in education, the environment, the arts and culture, family programs, animal welfare and historic preservation.

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