Tennessee Course Raises Nearly $10,000 for Tornado Victims

On March 13, 2003, Centennial Golf Course in Oak Ridge, Tenn., announced it raised nearly $10,000 through a silent auction and benefit tournament – called “Freeze Out” – to support victims of the November 10, 2002 tornados. Held Saturday, March 8, Freeze Out was a cooperative effort between Centennial and the city of Oak Ridge.

Proceeds from the auction and tournament are being donated to and administered by the Appalachia Habitat for Humanity through the Morgan County Relief Fund. Community members and businesses of all types rallied behind the event.

“All of the staff here at Centennial are gratified by the community’s support for the tornado victims through the Freeze Out,” says Ty Weller, Centennial’s head pro. “We're grateful we were able to help these folks and fortunate enough to be able to do so."

Local dignitaries, representatives of the Appalachia Habitat for Humanity, and tornado victims were present to express their appreciation to all of the event participants and the sponsors, which included Clayton Homes, Centennial Golf Course/Billy Casper Golf Management, Darnell Food Market, Fox Toyota, Akins Crisp Public Strategies, Lamar Dunn Associates, and Rarity Communities Inc.

Companies that made donations to the Freeze Out were Coca-Cola, Titleist, George Jensen, I.J. Foods, FootJoy, WECO 101.3 FM, Chick-Fil-A, Ping, Angeleque McNutt w/ U-Name-It Advertising, Kroger, Ashworth, Des Mahoney-PGA, Eagle Distributing, Cutter & Buck, Louise Ball-LPGA, Nicole Weller-LPGA, Val-U-Signs, Bristol Motor Speedway, River Islands, City of Oak Ridge, Wal-Mart, Landmark at Avalon, KZG Golf, Kinko’s, Woodlake Golf Clud, Food Lion, Rarity Bay, and Solway Market.

Winners in the team Scramble format tournament were: 1st Flight: John Avery, Vinnie Grieco, Jimmy McNutt, J.R. Smith (Shot 59) ; 2nd Flight: Jim C. Kimball, Cathy Kimball, Wayne Fogle, Linda Fogle (65).

Managed by Billy Casper Golf, Centennial is set in the East Tennessee countryside. The facility has won the “People’s Choice Award” for “Best Golf Course” two years in a row by The Oak Ridger newspaper. The 18-hole, 6,633-yard track features rolling terrain and undulating greens, a well-appointed clubhouse, and a practice facility. For more information or a tee time, call 865/483-2291.