Come hungry to United Way golf tournament

Joe Avento • Mar 25, 2018 at 11:01 PM

When the annual Spring Fore United Way golf tournament is held, everybody might not win a prize, but they’ll eat like kings.

The tournament is scheduled for May 19-20 at Pine Oaks Golf Course, and the participants are asked to come hungry.

Players will be provided breakfast each morning and lunch both days. After first-round play concludes, a party featuring food from Bonefish Grill will be held at the course’s learning center. After the final round ends, an awards ceremony will be catered by Barberitos.

“If you don’t win anything, you’re going to gain five pounds,” Pine Oaks head professional Mike Jennings said.

Jennings says chances are golfers will walk away with something other than food. Plenty of prizes will be available and every player will receive a goody bag.

The tournament, in its fourth year, follows the format of the old Spring Fling tourney — a two-person scramble. That popular event was generally considered the largest two-day golf tournament in Tennessee.

Teams will be grouped together in flights after the first round’s scores. Three places from each flight will earn prizes, so everybody has a chance to win. There will also be prizes for closest to the pins and long drives in addition to numerous door prizes.

The big prize is a Honda for a hole-in-one. It was donated by Johnson City Honda, the main sponsor of the tournament.

The tournament had previously been held at two courses, but since Johnson City has closed Buffalo Valley, both rounds will be at Pine Oaks this year. 

“The biggest thing I really love about it is that it’s so fit for our clientele,” Jennings said. “All levels of players can come in and be competitive. It’s a lot of fun and there’s a lot of tradition here.

“There are just so many types of golfers and this tournament lets them all play. If you’re a good golfer looking for top competition, it’s here. People who are higher handicaps can get together and have fun. Everybody has different needs, and this kind of does it for all of them.”

Last year, around 160 players took part and organizers are hoping to get more this time around. The event, which raises money for the United Way of Washington County and its partner agency and programs, took in about $28,000 last year.

“Working with the United Way has been a home run for everybody,” Jennings said. “It gave us an outlet to keep this tradition going, so it’s been good for us, and it’s just an incredible organization so it’s good we can help them too.”

The entry fee is $100 per player and registration is open at www.uwowc.org. Call 423-282-5682 for more details.


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