Tournament drives funds for Alcoa schools

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It was a day for golfing Saturday, and friends, patrons and alum of the Alcoa schools filled the links at Pine Lakes for a day of fun and fellowship.

And some good golf!

The weather was tailor-made for the Tim Bledsoe Memorial Golf Tournament and a full-field of golfers took their spots for a shot-gun start at the fourth annual tournament. Funds raised looked to top $20,000, exceeding the goal organizers had set.

Key to the tournament were Herman and Peggy Thompson, who were quick to pass on any praise to the host of volunteers who "worked tirelessly," said Peggy, to make the tournament a success. Many of the volunteers are family members and long-time friends of Tim Bledsoe, a 1956 Alcoa graduate who died of cancer in 2006. Many others are Alcoa alum who still keep in touch and love working together, said Patsy Bridges.

Blount Today stopped by the tournament as golfers were enjoying a lunch of grilled burgers and hot dogs before the tournament start.

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