Western Carolina Athletics and the Catamount Club have again partnered with Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort for the eighth installment of the Catamount Golf Tour. The six-event tour spans six months and includes many highly anticipated golf tournaments.
The schedule runs from mid-April through early-September with five stops across North Carolina and one in the Greater Atlanta area. The 2015 Catamount Golf Tour is bookended with golf tournaments with ties to the Catamount football program. The tour tees off on Friday, April 17 at the Waynesville Inn, Golf Resort & Spa with the Catamount Football Classic - renamed this year in remembrance of long-time Catamount football coaching legend, Al "Mutt" DeGraffenreid - and concludes with the 11th-annual Bob Waters Memorial at the Maggie Valley Club in Maggie Valley, N.C., on Friday, Sept. 4.
The opening event, "The Mutt," is the day before WCU's 2015 Catamount Football Spring Game, presented by Wells Fargo, on Saturday, April 18 while the final tournament precedes WCU's 2015 home-opener in Cullowhee against Mars Hill on Saturday, Sept. 5.
Stops along the way include The WCU Metrolina Open at the Warrior Golf Club in China Grove, N.C., on Friday, May 15; the WCU Catamount Shootout at the Marion Lake Club in Nebo, N.C., on Friday, June 12; the WCU Great Smokies Invitational at The Ridges Golf Club in Hayesville, N.C., on Friday, July 10; and a new tournament in northern Georgia, the WCU Atlanta Golf Classic, that will be held at the Eagle Watch Golf Club on Wednesday, August 19.
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.
Back by popular demand, the added wrinkle of the WCU Staff "5th Player Auction" returns for the 2015 installment of the golf tour. As the golfers make their way to their carts for the tournament "Welcome and Rules" announcements, they will have an opportunity to participate in a mini live auction. All WCU coaches and staff members on hand will be "on the auction block" to aid the four-player teams throughout that specific tournament. In short, each player of the foursome could chip in a minimum of $25 apiece for the right to have a fifth player for the day. Bidding for the WCU staff "5th Player" will begin at $100.
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 and enjoying a great day of golf.
Individuals or businesses can help sponsor the 2015 Catamount Golf Tour with tax-deductible contributions that include specific tournament, tour-wide options, or individual hole sponsorships. Click HERE for Catamount Golf Tour sponsorship opportunities.
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.
2015 Catamount Golf Tour Dates
"The Mutt" Catamount Football Classic
In remembrance of Coach Alphonso "Mutt" Degraffenreid"
Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Location: Waynesville Inn, Golf Resort & Spa
Address: 176 Country Club Drive - Waynesville, N.C.
2015 Catamount Football Spring Game is Saturday, April 18
The WCU Metrolina Open
Date: Friday, May 15, 2015
Location: Warrior Golf Club at Lake Wright
Address: 1300 Lake Wright Rd. - China Grove, N.C.
The Catamount Shootout
Date: Friday, June 12, 2015
Location: Marion Lake Club at Lake James
Address: 2030 NC Highway 126 - Nebo, N.C.
The WCU Great Smokies Invitational
Date: Friday, July 10, 2015
Location: The Ridges Golf Club
Address: 1665 Mountain Harbour Drive in Hayesville, N.C.
WCU Atlanta Golf Classic
Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Location: Eagle Watch Golf Club
Address: 3055 Eagle Watch Dr. - Woodstock, Ga.
11th Annual Bob Waters Memorial
In remembrance of Coach Bob Waters
Date: Friday, Sept. 4, 2015
Location: The Maggie Valley Club
Address: 1819 Country Club Drive - Maggie Valley, N.C.
2015 Catamount Football Home-Opener is Saturday, Sept. 5
Past Catamount Golf Tour Champions
2014: Gary Rockett - Nebo, N.C.
2013: Keith Haskett - Sylva, N.C. & Ryan Teal - Lilesville, N.C.
2012: Keith Haskett - Sylva, N.C. & Kevin Stanberry - Sylva, N.C.
2011: Norman West - Cullowhee, N.C.
2010: Norman West - Cullowhee, N.C.
2009: Kevin Stanberry - Sylva, N.C.
2008: Kevin Stanberry - Sylva, N.C.
2007: Norman West - Cullowhee, N.C.