ALL ROADS LED TO THE VINNY 23
Vince Gill’s longstanding charity event featured Ben Crenshaw and Tom Lehman
Despite on-and-off-again rain on May 31 and June 1, the 23rd annual THE VINNY INVITATIONAL successfully finished at The Golf Club of Tennessee. Benefiting youth development and junior golf programs across the state of Tennessee, including Tennessee’s five The First Tee chapters, THE VINNY has raised over $7 Million over it’s 23 year history. Funds from this years event will be distributed to 20 programs through a formal grant program while the balance goes into an endowment that will support these programs for years to come.
Highlights from this year’s THE VINNY included professional appearances by Ben Crenshaw, Tom Lehman, Kevin Streelman, Ricky Barnes and Tennessee’s own Scott Stallings. The roster of celebrity players included newcomers Will Hoge and Drew Holcomb, Tommy John, Ozzie Smith, Titans’ punter Brett Kern, Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus from Rascal Flatts. Sandwiched between the two rounds of golf at The Golf Club of Tennessee, was a pairings party and auction starring Nashville’s Henry Cho and The Doyle and Donna Show, the three-hour "Vince, Amy (Grant) & Friends Concert” featuring many of the artists that played in the event, plus special guest, rock and country hall of fame legend Brenda Lee.
27 of Tennessee’s best junior players are also invited to play the first day of the tournament and this year’s invitees didn’t disappoint. Vince Gill, tournament host said, “Every year, these junior players amaze me with their golf skills and maturity and what’s great about it is that they have come from programs that THE VINNY supports across Tennessee."
When it came to the golf, low professional honors on Monday, June 1 went to Scott Stallings and Mark Brooks who each fired a 66. Stallings won the coveted Payne Stewart Trophy in a scorecard playoff with Brooks.
In Sunday's Celebrity Junior-Am, host Vince Gill's team won low honors with junior golfer Elizabeth Keeling and amateurs Mark Monroe, Bobby Brannon, Brett Arsta and Bill Wehby shooting a 116 (-26.) In Monday's Pro-Celebrity-Am, in the low net division, professional Jerry Pate's team won the flight with celebrity Will Hoge and amateurs Bob Perry, Stuart Tutler, Taylor Irwin and Doug Pearce with a net score of 50 (-21.) Low gross team honors went to professional Tom Pernice, Jr., celebrity Dan Tyminski and amateurs Rob Cohen, Rick Glass, Whit Turnbow and Bill Trivett shot a gross 56 (-15.)
Over 120 volunteers, many that have volunteered all 23 years, help make sure the tournament continues to be one of the best of its kind in the nation. THE VINNY Twenty-Fore! is scheduled for summer 2016 with exact dates coming in the fall.
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