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Team up — and tee it up — to help our community

By Paul Viau | Jun 05, 2013
Photo by: File photo GOLF "FORE" A GOOD CAUSE  — Thank you golfers, for making golf a very giving game.

Attention all golfers, you have my deepest sympathies. Not only is the game of golf the most difficult ever invented, this time of year you need incredible endurance and the flexibility of Stretch Armstrong to keep up with the many area golf tournaments.

Let me explain why golf tournaments are so plentiful this time of year. For starters (and I am one) there are four great golf courses in Haywood County. In addition, the weather right now is drop-dead gorgeous. Finally, with the passing of Memorial Day, golfers everywhere are empowered — free to come out of the closet — dust off their suede shoes, don their white pants, and — Swoosh! — shine-up their white Nike belts.

This is a good thing for our community, because there are several important charities hopeful that golfers will be generous and — tee it up. If you are having a difficult time deciding which tournaments to participate in, let me simplify things.

Pick a tournament that you know will be fun. Pick a tournament with cash prices, in the unlikely event that your team has the lowest net score. Pick a tournament with an abundance of door prizes for the golfers. Pick a tournament that invites your spouse and family to join in on the festivities — including food — after the event. And most importantly, pick a tournament that contributes all (as in 100 percent) of the money raised to local charities.

There are only a handful of local tournaments that meet these criteria, and it just so happens one of them takes place at noon, Saturday June 22, at Lake Junaluska Golf Course — brought to you by St. John Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Take my word — the Knights of Columbus walk the walk and talk the talk for charity.

You’ll see them passing out Tootsie Rolls in exchange for your donations at nearly all the downtown Waynesville festivals. You’ll see them actively supporting the “Least Among My Brothers” (L.A.M.B.) during Haywood County’s Special Olympics. They’ll be “mentoring” at Camp Ability. And you’ll see many stories in The Mountaineer documenting their frequent gifts to local charities — The Arc of Haywood, Haywood Christian Ministry, The Open Door and more.

For a number of years, the Knights of Columbus charity golf tournaments have been among the most successful in Haywood County.

This year, even in a tight economy, we are still (gratefully) finding many businesses coming forward as hole sponsors and golfers putting their teams together. But as they say, “The more the merrier.”

So consider playing in the Knights of Columbus tournament June 22. Get three of your friends together and register a foursome. Or sponsor a hole and let all the golfers know what a great “athletic supporter” you are.

If you’d like to golf in St. John Knights of Columbus charity golf tournament, call Sam Mattoni at 246-0910. For more information about hole sponsorship, call Mark Zaffrann at 356-4094.