The Douglass Alumni Scholarship Golf Outing appears to have been a huge success.
More than 30 golfers came out on a beautiful fall morning (October 6, 2012), and took to the links at Warriors Path State Park in Kingsport, to raise money for the Douglass High School Alumni scholarship fund. The scholarships benefit descendants of the former Douglass High School of Kingsport, the largest African-American high school in the region, when it closed in 1966.
A SLIDESHOW OF THE DOUGLASS ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP GOLF OUTING
"The weather was gorgeous," says Frank Horton, one of the organizers of the event. "God was on our side today. Everybody out on the golf course loved the weather. Golfers don't even care if it rains.. they're gonna play no matter what. The fact that they were playing to fund scholarships and they were helping support that, made the whole event worthwhile."
Usually, the scholarship golf outing is held during the alumni reunion every two years, but the Sons and Daughters of Douglass Alumni Association decided to hold one in the off years as well.
"This outing was very successful, if for no other reason we've never had a golf outing during an off year," Horton says. "We're very proud of our accomplishment this year, and we're very grateful that golfers came out and donated to a very worthy cause."
It seems the golfers had a good time during the fund-raising.
"Warriors Path is a great golf course," says golfer Raymond Bowers of Rogersville. "It's manicured good, and they keep it up. It's reasonable on the wallet, too. A lot of golf courses are expensive, and this one is reasonable."
"Warriors Path State park is one of the players' favorite golf courses," Horton says. "They're supportive in everything we want to do from a fundraising point of view. Everyone has their needs met on the course, and the golf course folks are just outstanding. They work with us in helping meet our goals of raising money."
"Our goal is to make the tournament bigger and better next year," he says. "I would like to see us have at least 100-plus golfers next year at the reunion. That's a lot of work, but it is attainable if everybody puts in the effort. It's just a metter of telling people what your cause is about."
"We think the Sons and Daughters of Douglass scholarship fund is worth it. It's an investment back into our community."
Individual awards were also given at the conclusion of the golf tournament.
WINNERS IN THE DOUGLASS ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP GOLF OUTING
CLOSEST TO PIN:
Jack Jeter (4)
Phil Rogers (7)
Jim Hickman (11)
Arthur Dunn (14)
Sequn Embry (1)
Buddy Kincaid (17)
SPECIAL THANKS TO DIXON GOLF FOR DONATIONS IN SUPPORT OF AMATEUR AND PROFESSIONAL CALIBER PLAYERS ALIKE