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8th annual Arrowmont golf tournament set for October 27, 2018

GATLINBURG, TN - Enjoy a day of golf, fun, food and cash prizes at Arrowmont's annual golf tournament.

Benefiting Arrowmont’s educational programs, the golf tournament supports Sevier County art programs including adult and children’s community classes, local resident scholarships and ArtReach. This year, the community lost two great leaders who were instrumental in retaining Arrowmont School of Arts presence in Gatlinburg. This tournament is in recognition of late Gatlinburg City Commissioners Jerry Hays and Michael Helton, who each gave years of service to the Gatlinburg community and will be sorely missed.

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Players at Arrowmont Golf Tournament - Photo Credit: Arrowmont

Jerry Hays was elected six (6) times to serve as Commissioner of the City of Gatlinburg and was presently in his twenty-first year of service as Commissioner when he passed away in February of this year. Mr. Hays was an avid golfer and played most of the time at Gatlinburg Golf Course and competed for the club championship multiple times. Michael Helton was first appointed to the Gatlinburg Board of Commissioners at a Special Called Meeting in November of 2000. Commissioner Helton was elected in 2003 and reelected in 2007, 2011 and in 2015. He also served five terms as Vice Mayor and four terms as Mayor. Mr. Hays will be remembered as a man of God who loved his family, and a devoted servant to his community and his church. Mr. Helton will be remembered for his commitment to the future of Gatlinburg and his hard work to see the City continue to improve and grow. Both men’s absence is deeply felt by Arrowmont and everyone in the Gatlinburg community and area.

Proceeds benefit Arrowmont’s local educational programs. ArtReach is Arrowmont’s annual program to bring a full day of art instruction to approximately 1,200 school children of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Seymour. Over its 25-year history, ArtReach has provided hands-on art education to more than 25,000 Sevier County children. Students work in professionally equipped studios taught by professional artists using specialized equipment, new materials and learning arts vocabulary. Arrowmont provides ArtReach to public schools at no cost. Other programs supported through this benefit include adult and children’s community classes, held in January and February for local residents to take advantage of Arrowmont’s quality art instruction in professionally equipped studios. Classes are fun and a great way to meet new friends in a creative learning environment. Classes are taught by professional working artists and offer a wide selection of media for all ages and ability levels. Local resident scholarships provide 50% of workshop tuition for one workshop per person per year. Residents of Sevier, Blount, Cocke, Jefferson, or Knox counties in Tennessee are eligible.

Bring a team or register individually - $100 per player or $350 per team of four. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, nearest to the pin, longest drive and $10,000 hole-in-one competition. Free lunch and drinks will be provided at 11:30 am. Tee off is at 1:00 pm. Complimentary cold beer, moonshine, soft drinks and snacks are available throughout the tournament.

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Published September 21, 2018

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