It’s all about the students. Amid the camaraderie, the hopes for a hole-in-one and the hushed tones during close putts, the golfers who participate in Pellissippi State Community College’s annual Swing Big for Students Golf Tournament do so knowing that they are helping area students.
The tournament, now in its eighth year, is hosted by the Pellissippi State Foundation. This year’s event takes place on May 1, and registration is open until April 27.
The Swing Big for Students Golf Tournament raises money that goes toward programs that directly impact deserving students. Funds have been used not only to provide student scholarships and emergency loans but also to improve facilities and secure new equipment.
A portion of the proceeds from the 2012 tournament will be awarded to a recipient of the Swing Big for Students Scholarship. The fund was established in 2010 for Pellissippi State students in Exercise Science or Sport Management.
Jolene Maurino was the 2011 recipient.
“Returning to school after being in the workforce for several years has brought me a greater appreciation for the opportunity of education,” said Maurino. “I feel fortunate to have been selected to receive the Swing Big for Students Scholarship and offer my sincere gratitude.”
The fundraising event takes place at Egwani Farms in Rockford, and shotguns are scheduled at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. The cost is $100 per player or $400 for a four-person team. The entry fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart, driving range, snack, lunch and prizes. In case of inclement weather on May 1, a rain date is scheduled for May 15.
A limited number of sponsorship opportunities—ranging from $150 to $5,000—are still available. Tournament is sponsored by Pilot Travel Centers.