Teeing it up: William Blount Classic draws crowd, raises $5,000 for scholarships

More than $5,000 was raised during the 11th annual William Blount Classic held at Royal Oaks Golf Course earlier this spring.

William Blount High School golf coach Jason Roe said the May 1 event included 60 golfers on 15 teams participating in a swat format. “We raised a net amount of approximately $5,000, which was about the same as last year,” he said.

Roe said the First Flight winners were Scott Cupp, Robbie Watz and Mike Treadway and the second flight winners were Ken Gentry, Barry Lail, David Bivens and Jeff Smith.

The coach said the “Closest to the Pin” winners were Laura Brogdon and Jerry Wallace. The “Longest Drive” winner was Tony Wallace, he said.

“The tournament funds basically three programs - the Brandon Vick Memorial Scholarship, the Pete Maravich Memorial Scholarship and the Stan Ballard Education Fund,” said Roe.

Roe said the recipient of the Brandon Vick Scholarship was Laura Brogdon. “The recipient of the Pete Maravich Memorial Scholarship was Dylan Keith. With the Stan Ballard Fund, we provide $1,000 a year for a trust fund for Stan Ballard’s children to help defray cost of their post-high school education,” he said.

Ballard was a standout player from William Blount High School who went on to a successful high school coaching career in which his Oliver Springs boys basketball team won a state championship. He succumbed to cancer in December of 2005.

Roe said this is his first year of involvement in organizing the event that former William Blount High School golf coach Mark Davidson started 11 years. “ Coach Davidson put a lot of work into it. It has always been a successful activity we do, and it has become a William Blount tradition,” Roe said. “It’s fun to see all that goes into it and what it benefits. A lot of the players and contributors have been with us a long time so we get a lot of the same players each year. They really enjoy it.”

Roe thanked the sponsors of the event. “Aubrey’s Restaurant is a major sponsor every year. Frankie Turner at the Hunters Crossing Drive Chick-fil-A restaurant provided lunch at no charge,” he said. “Cherokee Baseball Academy helped us out with golf shirts C and D Tire is always a contributor, as is John Melton of Realty Executives.”

Roe thanked media sponsor Blount Today, as well as other sponsors, including Sport Clips, The New 411 Restaurant, 411 Storage, Akins Crisp Public Strategies, AlcoaTenn Federal Credit Union, Blount Discount Pharmacy, Built Green Construction, Citizens Realty Group, Farm Bureau Insurance-Gary Chandler, Foothills Bank and Trust, Foothills Driving Range, Gracie’s Restaurant, GreenBank, GUBMK Hydro Constructors, Holden Lail, In Memory of Brandon Vick-Lisa and Joe Hill, Linda’s Salon and Spa, Maryville Surgical Center, Motor Mile Wrecker Service, Personal Computer Systems, Inc., ProSolutions, Rimmer Welding, Inc., Sonic-America’s Drive-in, Southpark Storage, Stinnett’s Auto Body, West Chevrolet Service Department, West End Tires, Westgate Market, Whitts Barbecue, William Blount Banquet, William Blount Greenhouse, William Blount Theatre Department, Woody’s BP Station.

Other contributors included Chatata Valley Golf Club, Creeks Bend Golf Club, Dandridge Golf Club, David Baumann, Sr., Dick’s Sporting Goods, Deer Creek Golf Club, Foothills Bank and Trust, Great American Cookie Company, John Cate, Lambert Acres Golf Club, Laurel Valley Golf Club, Millstone Golf Club, Moccasin Bend Golf Club, Patriot Hills Golf Club, Ridgewood Golf Club, River Islands Golf Club, River Run Golf Club, Rock Springs Golf Club, Royal Oaks Golf Club, Ruggles Ferry Golf Club, Sewlutions Embroidery, Smoky Mountain Country Club, Southwest Point Golf Club, Stacy Schmidt / Aflac, Sue Stevenson, The Copy Shop, The Golf Club of Greenback, The Wee Course at Williams Creek, Willow Creek Golf Club and Windstone Golf Club.

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