Aug 15, 2013
Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin and UT Director of Broadcasting Bob Kesling announced Thursday that the inaugural Cuonzo Classic Golf Tournament, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance, Coca-Cola and Pilot, will take place Friday, Sept. 13 at The Wee Course at Williams Creek in East Knoxville.
Each foursome will be paired with a member of the Tennessee basketball coaching staff or a former Vols player. Former Big Orange standouts Bert Bertelkamp, Dale Ellis, Fred Jenkins, Reggie Johnson and Tony White are among those who have committed to play.
The event tees off at 9 a.m. ET, and the cost of participation is $200 per player or $800 per four-man team. A total of 18 teams each will play 18 holes. Lunch is provided, and Martin will speak at the event.
Participants can register by contacting Diondre Jackson at 865-673-8584.
"We're hoping for a great turnout," Martin said. "It's going to be a fun event for everyone. And at the end of the day, it's all about raising money for some great local causes."
Proceeds from the event benefit the United Way and the after-school program at the First Tee and Wee Course.
"As Campaign Chairman for United Way of Greater Knoxville, this is an event that I'm very excited about," Kesling said. "Coach Martin has been a willing and active advocate for the United Way during his time here at Tennessee, and this great golf event will allow Vol fans throughout the community an opportunity to interact with key members of the Tennessee basketball family while also helping some great local initiatives.
"We still have hole sponsorships available, so even if you're not a golfer, there are still ways you can participate and make a difference."
Williams Creek Golf Course is a top-tier facility, located just two miles east of downtown Knoxville. The course offers a full-service golf experience, featuring an 18-hole course, high quality practice facilities complete with a pro shop, snack bar and banquet room with a balcony overlooking the course.
Tom Fazio designed this par 3 championship golf course, which boasts a challenging layout with three sets of tee boxes and holes that range from 85 to 245 yards. It's a perfect design for players of all skill and experience levels. This course also has large, fast, undulating bent grass greens and 98 acres of natural rolling terrain filled with creeks, lakes, natural areas and an abundance of wildlife. Since it first opened in July of 2003, the course has been a treat for all who visit.
THE FIRST TEE PROGRAM The First Tee Greater Knoxville is a program that targets inner-city youth under the age of 18 involved with The First Tee of Williams Creek. The learning center provides an after-school and summer program for elementary and middle school participants to focus on academics, character education, physical activity and promotion of healthy eating habits.
The First Tee Learning Center uses golf and education to help participants develop positive skills for continuation of their education and employment. During the school year, the initiative offers an after-school program for students in the 1st-8th grades. During the summer months, it continues to offer both educational and recreational opportunities for participants from the ages of 6 to 17.
UNITED WAY OF GREATER KNOXVILLE All proceeds from the Cuonzo Classic benefit United Way of Greater Knoxville. They have been helping people in Greater Knoxville for more than 90 years. Approximately 100,000 people benefit from United Way services every year, and this year the need is just as great. United Way of Greater Knoxville focuses on three main areas: Education, Income and Health, the building blocks to a good life. They continue to provide for Basic Needs for those in times of crisis.
United Way of Greater Knoxville partners with more than 45 local agencies that offer programs designed to ensure our community has access to health care and our kids have beginnings, families achieve long-term financial stability and children have a strong start to life through a good education. United Way strives to help people gain self-sufficiency.