Senesi Classic again does its part for local Boys/Girls Club

By Wes Holtsclaw

   After two meals, golf, an auction and prizes, the ninth annual Dino Senesi Golf Classic completed its annual goal of giving back to the community.
   The tournament and auction raised money to support the Elizabethton-Carter County Boys and Girls Club.
   Among the guest participants were former University of Tennessee quarterback Dewey Warren, former San Francisco 49er and UT Vol Todd Kelly, and current Tennessee defensive coordinator John Chavis.
   A team with two former Elizabethton High golf standouts -- Michael Morrell and Tyler Church -- prevailed again as the first-flight winner.
   The unit of Morrell, Church, Tom Whitehead and Bryan Sangid won its second straight event with their first flight victory after a combined round of 52.
   Brent Dugger, the former Tennessee quarterback Warren, Chris Guy and State House of Representatives candidate John Holsclaw were the second-flight winners with a round of 60.
   A combined round of 64 gave the third-flight honors to a team including Kelly, Daniel McCoy and Shawn Bright.
   Two participants from Outback Steakhouse (a sponsor), Chuck Russell and Gary Carpenter took the fourth-flight position with their round of 66.
   Aside from the golf, it was another fun event for a good cause.
   "We had a lot of fun," said Chavis, who took time out from a football camp taking place in Knoxville. "It's an outstanding event that serves a great cause with its support of the Boys and Girls Club.
   "I enjoy coming back every year and we hope to raise some money here in Carter County."
   The Tennessee coordinator played with former Elizabethton coach Dave Rider, Danny Smith and Roger Frazier, and had a round of 57.
   Much like many athletes at the college level, the coaches are encouraged to participate in worthy events such as the Senesi Classic.
   "We try to get our players to give back to any charity, and any chance that I can get, I look forward to," the coach said.
   Chavis is a big supporter of the Carter County event, having participated in his fifth event Monday.
   "We try to (participate in charity events) as much as we can," Chavis said. "I look forward to this event every year and I'm fortunate that I was able to come. Coach Fulmer let me go even though we had football camp."
   Other notable rounds include a combined 55 by Phil Isaacs, Rick Broome, Coy Taylor and Ron Kirby.
   Richard Hodge, James Norris and Ron Snavely also achieved the score.
   The team of Bill Crawford, Chris Shields, David Shields and Mike Matheson and the squad of Mike McAdams, Joe Jorah, Larry Treadway and Gerald Jenkins both had a 59.
   Autographed items by Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, Oakland Raiders quarterback Tee Martin and Tennessee Titans' Steve McNair, and rounds of golf at The Virginian and The Ridges were auctioned off.
   A local restaurant owner made some successful bids for the club, with two of its better items ending up in his personal collection.
   Among the prizes given away were a grill, free golf, gift certificates, shirts and caps.
   Each of the participants received gifts with lunch provided by Outback Steakhouse and dinner by Sand Trap Restaurant.