Donnie Tyndall Golf Classic Tees Off Friday
Sept. 2, 2014


Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall and UT Director of Broadcasting Bob Kesling are hosting the Donnie Tyndall Golf Classic this Friday, Sept. 5, at The Wee Course at Williams Creek in East Knoxville.

Proceeds from the event benefit the United Way and the after-school program at the First Tee and Wee Course. Participants can register by contacting Diondre Jackson at 865-673-8584. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

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 with Tyndall and his coaching staff is provided, and he will speak at the event.

Each foursome will be paired with a member of the Tennessee basketball coaching staff or a former Vols player. More than a dozen former Big Orange standouts have committed to play, including Bert Bertelkamp, Dale Ellis, Steve Hamer, Jordan Howell, Fred Jenkins, Reggie Johnson and Tony White.

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.

Half the proceeds from the Donnie Tyndall Golf Classic benefit The First Tee Greater Knoxville. The program 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.

Half the proceeds from the Donnie Tyndall Golf 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.





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