Register now for Pellissippi State’s May golf tournament fundraiser

The month of May is just around the corner. For many, that means it is time to bring out the golf clubs. It’s not too early to register for a golf tournament that promises not only spring fun but also serious assistance for local students.

Pellissippi State Community College hosts the Sixth Annual Swing Big for Students Golf Tournament on May 4 at Egwani Farms in Rockford.

The 2009 event saw hole-in-one prizes ranging from jewelry to a car … and that motorcycle, which was nearly won by a participant who reportedly came within 11 inches of sinking a hole-in-one.

Pat Myers, Pellissippi State’s director of Alumni Relations and annual giving, serves again this year as the tournament director. She is working with Pellissippi State Foundation board members and other community volunteers to ensure that the 2010 tournament is a great event for everyone. Board members Dick McGill and Jonathan Hayes serve this year as co-chairs of the tournament.

“This event has always been very special to me,” said McGill. “It gives all of us the opportunity to support those college students who might need that extra boost to realize success. I’m just glad that I can be a part of this valuable fundraising effort for Pellissippi State.” McGill, chief estimator for Joseph Construction Company, is returning for his sixth year with “Swing Big.”

“Our goal for the 2010 event is to raise both awareness and support in order that Pellissippi State can continue to be a great resource for our community,” said Hayes, associate vice president of investments with Wells Fargo Advisors.

Many local nonprofits host golf tournaments as fundraisers, but few use the proceeds in quite the same manner as the Pellissippi State Foundation, which raises money that goes toward programs directly impacting students.

The Foundation has generated more than $7 million through a variety of means over the past five years. It is a resource for those who value learning and its impact on the vitality of the Knoxville-area community. Funds have been used to provide scholarships and emergency loans to deserving students, to improve facilities and to secure new equipment.

This year, a portion of the proceeds will be awarded to the recipient of the new Swing Big for Students Scholarship, a scholarship designated for a Pellissippi State student in Exercise Science or Sport Management.

Shotguns are scheduled at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Limited starts are available. The cost is $100 per player or $400 for a four-person team. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, cart, driving range, snacks, lunch and prizes.

To learn about sponsorship opportunities or to register, contact Myers at 865-539-7242 or The registration form is also available online at

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