Supporters of the Gateway to Independence raised over $4,000 for the program during the fourth annual The Gate Golf Tournament.
This was the first year the event was held at Green Meadow Golf and Country Club, Gateway to Independence board president Brian Tuggle said.
“Even though we only had about 30 golfers, it was still quality event,” he said. “ESPN Radio AM 1120 was there broadcasting the entire time we were there, and we had a ton of door prizes.”
Tuggle said there were prizes for the first place team and last place team, plus the traditional Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive prizes. “Bubba Hooker and friends won the last place prize, and the team from Alcoa, Inc., won first place,” he said. “We had a Hole in One competition for $20,000, a Hole-in-One to win a Bose system and a Hole-in-One to win a $500 gift card. Even though nobody got a hole-in-one, everyone had fun.”
The board president said major sponsors for the event were Alcoa, Inc., Mountain Life Insurance and First Choice Medical.
“They have been sponsors of The Gate for years, not just for the golf tournament, but other events as well,” he said. “We had new sponsors, including ESPN Radio and Blount today, and overall we had 37 hole sponsors. We raised a little over $4,000. In this environment and economy, that’s pretty good.”
The Gateway to Independence is day adult program for individuals with disabilities.
“It’s a program held in the activity room at Sycamore Tree United Methodist Church,” he said. “The funds help with the everyday operations of The Gate, keeping it up and running.”