Golf fundraiser awards first scholarship to Maryville native

Maryville native Kaylee Costner is the inaugural recipient of the Swing Big for Student Scholarships.

Maryville native Kaylee Costner is the inaugural recipient of the Swing Big for Student Scholarships.

For someone who doesn’t play golf, Kaylee Costner certainly is interested in the sport. That’s because the Pellissippi State Community College student and Maryville native is the inaugural recipient of the Swing Big for Students Scholarship, awarded to Pellissippi State students in Exercise Science or Sport Management.

Costner is hoping for another strong turnout on Tuesday, May 3, when the Seventh Annual Swing Big for Students Golf Tournament, a fundraising event hosted by the Pellissippi State Foundation, takes place.

As the recipient of the 2010 Swing Big for Students Scholarship, Costner is the first student to benefit from area golfers’ enjoying a morning or afternoon on the links. A full-time student, she began taking classes at Pellissippi State in August of 2010. She plans to enter the field of occupational therapy and wants to focus her career on helping children with a disability.

“I used to babysit for a special needs child,” said Costner, “and my mother worked in special education. I really want to be a therapist and help kids with their fine motor skills.” At this point, Costner is considering transferring to Belmont University in Nashville after completing a degree at Pellissippi State.

The Swing Big for Students Golf Tournament raises money that goes toward programs that directly impact deserving students like Kaylee Costner. During the past five years, the Foundation has generated more than $7 million through the tournament and a variety of other means.

Funds have been used not only to provide student scholarships and emergency loans but also to improve facilities and secure new equipment. As with last year, a portion of the proceeds from the 2011 tournament will be awarded to a recipient of the Swing Big for Students Scholarship.

The golf event takes place at Egwani Farms in Rockford, and shotgun starts are scheduled at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. The cost is $100 per player or $400 for a four-person team. Entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart, driving range, snacks, lunch and prizes.

To learn more about how to help the Swing Big for Students Scholarship with a donation, contact Pat Myers, tournament director, at 865-539-7242 or pmyers@pstcc.edu.

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