Kiwanis need golfers to hit the links for literacy

The annual Kiwanis Golf Tournament has been promoting birdies for books for seven years as the proceeds from the tournament help fund Kiwanis projects, including their unwavering support of Imagination Library in Blount County. This group helped put the tournament together in 2007 and many will be back on the greens on Monday, April 6, for this year’s tournament. From left are Bud Gangwer, Carl Hickman, Bobby Burke, Brenda Sellers, Robert Russell, Bill Dempster, Sandy Waggett, Mike Waggett, Lib Jackson and Robert Austin.

The annual Kiwanis Golf Tournament has been promoting birdies for books for seven years as the proceeds from the tournament help fund Kiwanis projects, including their unwavering support of Imagination Library in Blount County. This group helped put the tournament together in 2007 and many will be back on the greens on Monday, April 6, for this year’s tournament. From left are Bud Gangwer, Carl Hickman, Bobby Burke, Brenda Sellers, Robert Russell, Bill Dempster, Sandy Waggett, Mike Waggett, Lib Jackson and Robert Austin.

Golfers of all handicaps are being asked to grab their clubs and head to Green Meadow Golf Course on Monday, April 6.

The seventh annual golf tournament for the Kiwanis Club of Maryville is scheduled for that day, and children who love books are anxiously awaiting the outcome. The tournament is a fund raiser for the Kiwanis, and proceeds benefit a variety of programs touching area youth, including the Imagination Library.

Tournament director Robert Russell said registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. A shotgun start follows at 1 p.m.

“It’s a swat format, and we have prizes in two different flights,” said Russell. “Handicaps are required for placement in flights. We also have door prizes and. after the tournament is over, we’ll have an awards ceremony and dinner.”

The cost is $100 per player. “We’re also looking for hole sponsors for $250 each and boosters for $100,” Russell said.

The uneasy economy has affected many fundraisers, and the Kiwanis Club Golf Tournament is no exception. “Normally this a very, very well-supported event but this year, we’re running behind in players. We really need more players. We are happy to take players until the last moment, including walkups the day of event,” Russell said.

Russell said there are still plenty of spaces in the tournament. “We also would encourage players and sponsors to learn more about Kiwanis. We have plenty of openings for membership in Kiwanis,” he said.

Russell said the golf tournament is a fun event, and the proceeds go to support more than 50 different youth organizations in Blount County, the primary ones being the group’s Blount County-wide support of Imagination Library, as well as the group’s youth leadership camp at Wesley Woods in Walland. Imagination Library is a program begun by Dolly Parton that sends free books to all children from birth to age five to encourage literacy and family reading.

Russell said the Maryville Kiwanis support the very people in the economic downturn who need the most support. “If folks could dig down deep and give special consideration for their support dollars, we guarantee the money would be put to good use with our youth programs,” he said.

For more information, contact Robert Russell at 865-384-7092 or email robertpatsy@charter.net.

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