Greens packed Monday for local golf fundraisers

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The greens in Northeast Tennessee were packed Monday afternoon with big golf fundraisers taking place in Kingsport and Jonesborough.

The First Tee Tri-Cities Birdies For Bucks fundraiser got underway at 8 a.m. Monday morning at Warrior’s Path Golf Course in Kingsport. 36 PGA professionals, amateur and collegiate players played in the event. Golfers secured pledges for each birdie they made, worth anywhere between $15 to $110. All of the money went to the local First Tee chapter.

“Gives kids who normally wouldn’t have a chance to get access to the golf course or to the game of golf period an opportunity to get involved,” said tournament director Mike Hammontree.

‘We’re having a fun time today,” said former PGA tour golfer Cliff Kresge. “It’s kind of a birdie fest out here today.”

In Jonesborough, the 20th annual Doe River Gorge Golf Challenge teed off at 11 a.m. at the Blackthorn Club at the Ridges. Prizes were awarded for the longest drive, closest to the pin and hole-in-ones on all par 3’s as part of the 18 hole tournament. The funds raised Monday are used for camp scholarships and to support the ministry programs of Doe River Gorge.

“We’re expecting to raise around $42,000,” said Doe River Gorge President Terry Maughon. “With all the golfers we’ve got here today, close to 30 teams, this may be the biggest tournament that we’ve had in our history. Most of the money that we give away is dedicated to scholarships for kids. We want every kid to experience Doe River Gorge and all that takes place in their life as a result of that”

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