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Drive for show, putt for dough

Article Published: Sep. 22, 2011 | Modified: Oct. 2, 2011
Drive for show, putt for dough

Golfers and community members will say ‘fore’ for the Watauga Education Foundation Oct. 2, as Blowing Rock Country Club opens its course to raise funds for the local organization.
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The Watauga Education Foundation and Drs. Robbie and Craig Bridgeman and Michael Mayhew are inviting golfers out for a Sunday afternoon of first-rate golf and a chance to support the teachers and students of Watauga County Schools.

The tournament is now open to two-person teams, both junior/adult and adult/adult.

On Sunday afternoon, Oct. 2, Blowing Rock Country Club will open the course to support the Watauga Education Foundation.

“We are so excited to be a part of this event,” Dr. Robbie Bridgeman said. “It is the first tournament in the High Country that gives parents and their kids, or grandparents and their children a chance to play together.”

The idea for the tournament came about because the Watauga Education Foundation wanted to create an event that would appeal to the families served through its programs, Bridgeman said.

“We are going to have a terrific fall afternoon,” board member and tournament director Chad Smith said. “We’re having a cookout immediately following the round, and hopefully a player will win one of the big prizes for the hole in one or putting contest.”

Prizes also include signed flags from PGA icons Tom Watson and Davis Love, a Magical Mountaineer weekend, with sideline passes to the Appalachian State University/Western Carolina game on Nov. 12 in Boone.

Long time supporter Michael Mayhew encouraged golfers of all ages to sign-up to play.

“We’re hoping for a big turnout, because this organization does so much to support the students in this communitys,” Smith said. “And what better way to spend an early fall afternoon, than on the gorgeous Blowing Rock Country Club course?”
Tee time is 1 p.m.


For more than 20 years, the Watauga Education Foundation, through the generous support of this community, has awarded more than $1 million to WCS teachers to fund projects and programs that fall outside state and local budgets.

These creative endeavors introduce and reinforce arts and enrichment activities to our children, help improve graduation rates, and strive to increase community participation in each of our public schools.

Golfers need to sign up by Friday, Sept. 23.

To learn more about the Shooting Stars Golf Classic and to support the Watauga Education Foundation, contact Melanie Bullard at (828) 268-1273 or (

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