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Mission of Hope Golf Classic coming to Willow Creek

The inaugural Chick-fil-A & Mission of Hope Golf Classic with UT men’s head basketball coach Buzz Peterson will be held Thursday Aug. 19, at Willow Creek Golf Club in Farragut.

The Mission of Hope has been assisting children and their families with food, clothes and other necessities since 1996.

The tournament will be a four-person scramble, consisting of morning and afternoon rounds.

“We have slots for two-hundred golfers, an a.m. round and a p.m. round,” said Emmette Thompson, executive director of Mission of Hope. “We are hoping to have one-hundred golfers per round.”

In addition to player entry fees, there are many sponsorship opportunities available for the tournament.

“The goal is to raise twenty-five thousand dollars,” Thompson said. “The funds are to offset the Back-To-School Campaign and the various ministries that (Mission of Hope) does throughout the year.”

The Back-To-School program began in 1998 when the MOH provided 500 children from under-privileged Appalachian schools with necessary school supplies. The schools that have a significant number of their children’s families living in poverty are chosen for the program.

This year’s Back-To-School Campaign is much bigger, providing more than 8,000 children at 24 schools in select counties of Southeast Kentucky and Northeast Tennessee with backpacks filled with school supplies and hygiene products.

The tournament got started when “We were fortunate enough to be invited by Buzz Peterson ... to do a tournament with him and one of our primary sponsors, Chick-fil-A,” Thompson said.

“I have been blessed with a committee of five or six people that have all been involved with running golf tournaments and one of them happened to know Bill Roach with Willow Creek (general manager) and had worked with him before on golf tournaments, and (Willow Creek) has been gracious enough to accommodate us on that day.”

Thompson said, “A lot of our folks have dreamed of doing a golf tournament as another way so we could not only reach the community but involve new people to get on board with Mission of Hope.”


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