Jersey Mike's Pro-Am Classic set for Sept. 19 at Ridgefields

By Wes Holtsclaw
STAR STAFF
wholtsclaw@starhq.com
KINGSPORT -- For the second year in a row, Jersey Mike's Subs located in Kingsport, Johnson City and Bristol, and the Jersey Mike's Franchise Systems in Wall, N.J., will sponsor its annual Jersey Mike's Pro-Am Classic Golf Tournament at the Ridgefields Country Club in Kingsport on Sept. 19.
The fund-raising tournament will benefit the local chapters of the American Red Cross and junior golf.
"We are delighted to help sponsor the Second Annual Jersey Mike's Pro-Am Classic," said Peter Cancro, president of Jersey Mike's Franchise Systems. "We have always encouraged our franchises to get involved in community affairs and support worthy causes in their area.
"With the proceeds of this tournament going to the area chapters of the American Red Cross and junior golf, the Jersey Mike's in this area are certainly doing just that and we are very happy to participate.
The tournament will be a team event, with teams being made up of one professional and four amateurs. The professionals will also be competing for prize money on their own ball at the same time, while the Amateurs will compete for gift certificates in the Ridgefields Golf Shop.
The team entry fee is $500, with the four amateurs paying $125, which includes carts and a Jersey Mike's lunch, provided at the conclusion of play. The 32 five-person teams must consist of one TPGA or LPGA professional or apprentice in good standing and four amateurs (male or female).
Each amateur will donate approximately $43 to area American Red Cross chapters and $7 to area junior golfers as part of the fee. Receipts will be available for tax purposes.
The tourney will be a Level III state points event for the professionals, with the winner earning 50 points towards the professional player of the year. Pros in the top 20 will win points towards the statewide honor.
There is a significant prize money increase for the pros and teams that will be awarded at the conclusion of play. A professional can win as much as $1200 this year if he wins the individual pro competition and his team wins first place.
All professionals will receive a minimum $50 for entering a team, which the first 32 will fill the field.
For more information contact Ridgefields Country Club at (423) 392-8373 or Ralph Hudson at (423) 246-9525.