Local golf tournament still a huge success

By Tim Chambers
STAR STAFF
tchambers@starhq.com

  Nine years ago the first annual Dino Senesi Golf Classic kicked off at the Elizabethton Golf Course hoping to benefit the Elizabethton/Carter County Boys and Girls Club. Nine years later the tournament continues to be a big success.
  The ninth annual Senesi Classic is history, but it's legacy continues to have an impact on the youth of our community. This year's tournament raised over twenty eight thousand dollars, just a small portion of what it takes to operate the current Boys and Girls Club.
  With a staff of three full-time employees and six part-time workers the club serves over 1300 children. This nearly doubles the amount of youth served eight years ago which stood around the 750 mark.
  This years event featured 140 golfers who enjoyed a beautiful day for golf and some of the best food money could buy. The Outback Steakhouse provided mouth-watering ribs and chicken for the participants while the Sand Trap's evening meal was absolutely spectacular.
  After the golf tournament, everyone had the opportunity to take part in an auction that featured many sought after items. An official Tennessee Volunteer helmet signed by Payton Manning and Jason Whitten complete with game day scratches highlighted the event along with golf packages and other notible items.
  Johnny Mills, the tournament director stated, "Without all the sponsors that helped out with tee-shirts, green fees and many other contributions, none of this would be possible." Darlene Tipton, who serves as the club's secretary worked countless hours to see that the tournament ran smoothly.
  "I don't know what we would do without Darlene," added Mills. "Much of the club's success is due to her efforts."
  Former Vols John Chavis, Dewey Warren and Todd Kelly were among the notables that participated along with Mills.
  "When people think of the Boys and Girls Club, they think of athletics," added Mills. "But the club stresses academics, computer projects, art and fitness along with much much more."
  "The Boys and Girls Club is my favorite place to go stated," 12-year old Drew Chambers who has participated in athletics, the summer youth and after-school programs. "I love the after-school programs because I can play ball and get the help I need with my homework. Everyone on the staff is good to us."
  Many of local leaders came up through the ranks of the club and many of tomorrows leaders will be products of this wonderful organization.
  If you have any questions concerning the Boys and Girls Club contact John Malone, executive director, at 543-2946.