BASA golf tournament to benefit scholar athletes

Monday, April 23, 2012

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (April 23, 2012) – The ninth annual AT&T Buccaneer Athletic Scholarship Association [BASA] All-Sport Golf Tournament is set for Monday, May 7th at the Blackthorn Club at the Ridges. Participants will enjoy a day full of free Nike gear, food, and chances to win over $50,000 in prizes.

The BASA All-Sport Golf Tournament has become one of the most exciting and unique charitable events in the Tri-Cities, according to Matt McGahey, a BASA Coordinator who heads the event committee.

“The proceeds from this tournament benefit over 250 student-athletes at ETSU,” he said. “We are also proud of the fact our student-athletes graduate at an amazing 88% success rate.”

Participating golfers will receive a generous assortment of free food, gifts, and prizes for their participation in the BASA All-Sport Golf Tournament. Every player will receive a custom-embroidered ETSU Nike Golf polo, a $350 Nike Mobile Pro Shop gift certificate, a boxed lunch from Beef O’Brady’s, and dinner provided by Aramark Food Services.

McGahey pointed out there will be a rare visit to the course by Nike Golf’s Mobile Pro Shop – the same display which makes appearances at the U.S. Open and other various PGA events.

“Nike plays a big part in this tournament,” McGahey said. “Each player receives $350 in merchandise credit to spend in the Nike store. Participants purchase items at wholesale prices, so it is a major benefit of event participation, which obviously goes to a good cause.”

BASA’s primary goal is to fund athletic scholarships and provide life-changing opportunities for student-athletes. In addition to day-to-day fundraising efforts, the rising cost of education mandates the organization to host events such as the golf tournament.

“We have 17 teams who receive athletic scholarships here at ETSU,” said Jo Anne Paty, Associate Athletic Director for Development and Executive Director of BASA. “Most of our athletes pursue careers in areas other than sports. Athletics is an important part of their overall college experience. However, receiving a quality education, which many could not otherwise afford, is an important factor in their ability to be leaders in the business world after graduation. We depend on the dollars generated from our annual golf tournament to provide ETSU student-athletes with educational opportunities.”

Paty said many ETSU coaches play in the tournament as well.

“This event also gives our coaches and participants a chance to get to know one another – like a meet-and-greet on the golf course.”

There will be prizes on all 18 holes, including three $15,000 hole-in-one cash prizes, local gift giveaways, and hotel packages. The “best ball” format will see Johnson City Honda’s dealership team of Joe Trujillo, Phil Maupin, Chad Lewis and Jason Prunkard defend their 2011 title.

“We still have opportunities for corporate sponsorships available and there is always room for more teams to join,” McGahey said. “It’s a great time of year to be on the golf course, and an excellent opportunity to financially support ETSU student-athletes and the mission of BASA.”

For registration information regarding the 2012 BASA All-Sport Golf Tournament, please contact Matt McGahey at (423) 439-8398.

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