Senesi golf tourney on the horizon

By Tim Chambers
STAR STAFF
tchambers@starhq.com

   June 14 marks the day of the eighth annual Dino Senesi Golf Classic, and spots are filling up rapidly for this prestigious tournament that benefits the Elizabethton/Carter County Boys and Girls Club.
   This year's tourney will be limited to the first 144 golfers, with every dollar raised going back to the club. The Elizabethton/Carter County Boys and Girls Club presently serve over 1,300 kids in our communities.
   Elizabethton native and former Tennessee Vols all-SEC receiver Johnny Mills indicated that Volunteer defensive coordinator John Chavis would be participating along with the "Swamp Fox," former Tennessee quarterback Dewey Warren.
   "This is an opportunity for sideline coaches to tell John what we need this season," stated Mills.
   Mills stated that the Tennessee fraternity of football players up to the present are the greatest.
   "UT letterman help each other raise money for different organizations," added Mills. "They enjoy raising money for our local girls and boys club."
   Many things are on tap for this year's events, with an auction to be held the same day of the golf tournament. May items will be sold, including basketballs signed by Pat Summitt and footballs that contain Phillip Fulmer's signature to the highest bidder.
   A Steve McNair-autographed football will be auctioned along with an authentic University of Tennessee game day helmet. Golf packages to The Virginian, and many other items are just a few of the things in store for the Senesi event.
   The cost to play in the tournament is one hundred dollars. Mills indicated this includes 18 rounds of golf plus cart, a golf shirt and matching hat, a goody bag with many items and two meals, one from the Outback and the other provided by the Sandtrap.
   It's a great deal for any golfer, plus the money goes to a great cause. Mills indicated a tee sponsor cost $250, and a corporate sponsor was $500.
   If you want to be a major sponsor, the cost is one thousand dollars.
   Mills added it was touching to see the club now as to were it was when he was a child.
   "I remember the old club located across from the National Guard Armory some 40 years ago," he said. "It was in a cinder block building, and Frank Sheppard was the director and Joe Bowling was also helping out.
   "We had one pool table, one ping pong table and 'Moe' Larry Riddle. He was an icon at the club."
   Mills stated that aside from Senesi that Kent Williams, current owner of Dino's Restaurant, has been a vital cog getting the club to where it is now.
   "Many people don't see all the things Kent does but he really loves the club and youth of our community."
   Mills, who held several receiving records at Tennessee until recently, indicated that it was the friendships he established over the years that are his fondest memories at Tennessee.
   "Guys like Warren, Ruben Pickens, Stan Mitchell and Terry Byrd will always have a special place in my heart." "The friendships we had back then are still rock solid today."
   Here is the opportunity for many who grew up in the club to give something back in return. If you need information or would like to sign up, call the Boys Club at 543-2946, Mills Greenhouse at 543-6330 or go by Dino's Restaurant.
   The youth of today is our future for tomorrow.