Golf tourney to boost Carter High

Shannon CareyNortheast Knox

Get ready to tee off this May and support a great cause while you do.

The Carter High School Alumni Fund Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, May 12, at Ruggles Ferry Golf Club. Over the years, the golf tournament has raised almost $40,000 that has been re-invested in Carter High, going to great causes like computers, iPads, sponsoring the school band in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and scholarships for deserving students.

Golf tournament coordinator Conley Underwood said the tournament has become “almost like a family reunion” in recent years, with alumni coming from multiple states to participate.

“It’s kind of like a class reunion except you’re spread out over several different classes,” he said.

Underwood graduated from Carter High in 1984. One daughter graduated from Carter in 2016, and another will this year. Underwood said the school is home, and the fund helps the school and the students.

With students volunteering alongside alumni, the tournament also fosters togetherness between the generations.

This year’s tournament will be a four-player scramble with various additional prizes like closest to the pin and longest drive. Stanley Griffin of Beaty Chevrolet is an alumni, and the dealership is providing a car for the hole-in-one prize.

“We try to take all the money and put it back into the school. All the prizes are donated,” said Underwood.

Hole sponsorships are still available at various levels, and there is still time to register a team. For more information, visit the Carter High Alumni Fund Facebook page.

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