Golf tournament hits the green for United Way

United Way Golf Tournament co-chair David Conner with Foothills Bank and Trust practices his putting.

Photo by Leslie Karnowski

United Way Golf Tournament co-chair David Conner with Foothills Bank and Trust practices his putting.

The bankers brought success to the vault. The 2011 United Way Golf Tournament, chaired by Matthew Bryan and David Conner of Foothills Bank and Trust, hit an all-time high for the tournament, raising oh-so-close to $27,000 in the event’s 18th year.

“The total was just $80 shy of $27,000, and that is the best we’ve ever done,” said Michelle Hankes, president and CEO of the United Way of Blount County.

“This is a team event from beginning to end,” Hankes said. “Co-chairs Matthew Bryan and David Conner of Foothills Bank and Trust pulled together a team of volunteers to plan the event, United Way staff member Marianne Ferris organized the details, and dozens of companies stepped up to play. We couldn’t do it without all of them.”

The golf tournament is the first special event of the 2011 campaign, which will officially kick off on Friday, Aug. 26, with a breakfast at the Airport Hilton. The campaign goal will be announced at the breakfast.

Because of the volunteers and donations, the golf tournament has a very low overhead, and the total net of almost $27,000 will go to programs that help people in Blount County, said Hankes.

One of the programs supported by the tournament through United Way is the afterschool academic help offered at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Blount County.

“I can’t tell you how important United Way is to our kids,” says Bill Kilgore, chair of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Blount County. “When your mom is working all night, you still need to get your homework done. Boys and Girls Club staff make sure that each child is ready for school the next morning, because once a child falls behind, it’s so hard to get them back on track.”

Hankes praised staff members like Marianne Ferris and the volunteer committee. “This group went after sponsors, and they got them. We had about 21 new sponsors. You always lose some each year, but the trick is to make sure you get more than you lose,” she said. “They hit the pavement and worked it. This was Marianne’s first project with United Way, and I was very, very pleased. She’ll fit in with the rest of our hardworking staff just fine.”

Hankes said the day of the tournament was humid. “It was hot out there, but it was very smooth. The staff and folks at Egwani Farm really know how to hold a tournament,” she said.

For the fourth year, Alcoa Inc. held the title of presenting sponsor for the 18th Annual Golf Tournament, and Aramark and Pepsi provided lunch and drinks. Several other companies supported the event through sponsorships, team participation and in-kind gifts for the player goodie bags. Cadillac of Knoxville put up a brand new Cadillac for a Hole-in-One prize, although no one hit the target.

Winners of the tournament in the morning round were:

1st Flight:

•1st Place: Standard Aero Team of Jay Cadegan, Tim Fischer, Randy Mengel and Larry Presley

•2nd Place: BB&T Team of Mike Honeycutt, Bill Pyle, Alan Rathbone and Eddie Rayborn

2nd Flight:

•1st Place - First Tennessee Bank Team of Jim Burnett, Larry Darnes, Gilbert Frye and Ronnie Phelps

•2nd Place - Mountain National Bank Team of Mike Brown, Mike Zorio, Marianne Ferris and Carl Pagles

3rd Flight

•1st Place - Alcoa, Inc. Team of John Frye, Greg Garza, David Lazar and Ken Shepard

•2nd Place - Marriott Business Services Team of Christina Landau, Joey McCulley, Mike Swartz and Mickey White.

Winning the Longest Drive was Marc Potvin, while Closest to the Pin were Wilson Borden, Jerry Vagnier, Randy Mengel and Chris Cobb.

Winners of the tournament in the afternoon round were:

1st Flight:

•1st Place - Wine and Spirits Cellars Team of Joe Anderson, Bob Perkinson, Mike Spangler and Michael Bradshaw

•2nd Place - City of Maryville Electric Department Team of Mike Large, Don Myers, Chuck Campbell and Tony Wallace

2nd Flight:

•1st Place - GreenBank Team of Jonathan Barker, Kent Vaught, Marty Livingston and Channing Powers

•2nd Place -- TVA Team of Michael Scalf, Eddie Tramel, Baron Swafford and Rick Harrell

3rd Flight

•1st Place --City of Alcoa Electric Department Team of Bill Hammon, Larry Stargel, Shane Creasy and Larry Graves

•2nd Place - Leadership Blount Class of 1999 Team of Dave Ogle, Dr. John Ingram, Steven Pullins and Randall Honea

Longest Drive was Tony Wallace and Closest to the Pin were Craig Parker, Justin Chambers, Mike Spangler and Ken Lucas.

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