Second Annual Golf Tourney benefitting Lady Warriors kicks off Saturday

Published 10:34 am Thursday, September 12, 2019

The Elizabethton Golf Course will be the scene again for the second annual Lady Warriors Basketball Golf Tournament on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Golfers will be able to support a local basketball team while showing off some skills of their own.

The event is held to raise funds for Happy Valley girls’ varsity basketball as the team gears up for another round of hoops this season.

According to a release sent out by Lady Warrior Coach Thomas Gouge, this year persons interested in participating in the tournament may register a team for $200 and for individual players the fee is $50.

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Companies, businesses and other organizations can sponsor a hole for $100.

Mulligans will be allowed as well as red tees.

Hungry golfers will also be treated to lunch around 12:30 p.m. says the release.

The tournament format will be a shotgun start where all teams and players will tee off simultaneously. Along with the tourney, there will also be a longest drive and closest to the pin contest.

Assistant Warriors Coach Jearld Oliver said the idea of starting the fund-raiser was a decision made by Gouge and himself as way to introduce a new coaching staff and new freshman filled team to the Happy Valley community.

Last year’s fund-raiser received support from Chick-fil-A for food and Valley Forge Auction helped with the prizes that are given to the teams that place first and second.

Oliver said that the money was used then to get the girls new shoes and finance a trip to Charleston for a winter tournament where the Lady Warriors upset a team ranked third in that state.

The team hopes this year to use the money to get new uniforms and for another trip out of state during the downtime of the upcoming holiday season.

The reason for the distant outings is so the downtime does not affect the conditioning of the players, says Oliver. “We had won three games, but after we came back we went on a winning streak for ten games in a row,” said the assistant coach.

The team would have time to get to know each other more so than if they just stayed home and only met at practices and games.

Oliver said they really need golfers this year. For more information regarding the event call Coach Gouge at 423-262-9088, Coach Oliver at 423-342-7283 or Kim Oliver 423-342-7034.