- Western Carolina Athletics and the Catamount Club have again partnered with Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort for the ninth installment of the Catamount Golf Tour. This year, the five-event tour spans six months and includes many highly anticipated golf tournaments.
The schedule runs from early-April through early-September with five stops across both North and South Carolina. The 2016 Catamount Golf Tour is bookended with golf tournaments with ties to the Catamount football program. The tour tees off on Friday, April 8 at the Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville with "The Mutt" Catamount Football Classic, in remembrance of long-time Catamount football coaching legend, Al "Mutt" DeGraffenreid. The tour later concludes with the 12th-annual Bob Waters Memorial at the Maggie Valley Club & Resort in Maggie Valley, N.C., on Friday, Sept. 9.
The opening event, "The Mutt," is the day before WCU's 2016 Catamount Football Spring Game, presented by Wells Fargo, on Saturday, April 9 while the final tournament precedes WCU's 2016 home-opener in Cullowhee against Gardner-Webb on Saturday, Sept. 10.
Stops along the way include The WCU Charlotte / Metrolina Open at the Springfield Golf Club in Fort Mill, S.C., on May 10; the Catamount Shootout at the Marion Lake Club in Nebo, N.C., on June 10; and the WCU Great Smokies Invitational at The Ridges Golf Club in Hayesville, N.C., on Friday, July 15.
Each golf tour stop includes the traditional golf tournament side events such as "closest to the pin" contests on selected par-3 holes, and a "longest drive" competition.
The Catamount Golf Tour was established in 2008 to generate additional financial support to directly benefit Western Carolina student-athletes. The events are a great opportunity to engage in the local community and rally alumni and fans alike, while also getting Western Carolina coaches together to generate excitement for the upcoming year. This is another way to be involved with WCU by giving back to support our student-athletes while enjoying a great day of golf.
Individuals or businesses can help sponsor the 2016 Catamount Golf Tour with tax-deductible contributions that include specific tournament, food and tour-wide options, or individual hole sponsorships. Tournament sponsorships include a four-player team.
For more information on the Catamount Club and the Catamount Golf Tour, contact the Catamount Club office at (828) 227-3047 or by Email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 Catamount Golf Tour Information Postcard
2016 Catamount Golf Tour Dates
"The Mutt" Catamount Football Classic
In remembrance of Coach Alphonso "Mutt" Degraffenreid
Date: Friday, April 8, 2016
Location: Laurel Ridge Country Club
Address: 49 Cupp Lane -- Waynesville, N.C.
2016 Catamount Football Spring Game is Saturday, April 9
WCU Charlotte / Metrolina Open
Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Location: Springfield Golf Club
Address: 639 Hambley House Lane -- Fort Mill, S.C.
The Catamount Shootout
Date: Friday, June 10, 2016
Location: Marion Lake Club at Lake James
Address: 2030 NC Hwy 126 - Nebo, N.C.
The WCU Great Smokies Invitational
Date: Friday, July 15, 2016
Location: The Ridges Golf Club
Address: 1665 Mountain Harbour Drive in Hayesville, N.C.
12th Annual Bob Waters Memorial
In remembrance of Coach Bob Waters
Date: Friday, Sept. 9, 2016
Location: The Maggie Valley Club & Resort
Address: 1819 Country Club Drive - Maggie Valley, N.C.
2016 Catamount Football Home-Opener is Saturday, Sept. 10