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Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina Athletics and the Catamount Club have announced the 11th installment of the Catamount Golf Tour. This year, the five-event tour spans six months and includes many highly anticipated golf tournaments. This year's schedule runs from May through October with five stops across North Carolina.

The 2018 Catamount Golf Tour tees off on Monday, May 14 with the WCU Charlotte / Metrolina Open, which has a new home this year. Raintree Country Club in Charlotte will play host as the curtain rises on this year's tour.

Additional stops along the way include the annual Catamount Shootout at the Marion Lake Club in Nebo, N.C., on Friday, June 8, and the WCU Great Smokies Invitational at The Ridges Golf Club in Hayesville, N.C., on Friday, July 13 -- both favorites among the tour participants.

The final two stops of the 2018 tour both coincide with home Catamount football games. The 14th Annual Bob Waters Memorial will be held on Friday, August 31 at the Maggie Valley Club and Resort in Maggie Valley, N.C. The next day, the Catamount football team opens the home portion of its 2018 schedule on the field that bears Waters' name, hosting Newberry College in Cullowhee. Be a part of the field that honors and remembers WCU's all-time winningest head football coach and former athletics administrator, Hall of Fame member, Bob Waters.

The tour then concludes in mid-October with "The Mutt" Catamount Football Classic, in remembrance of long-time Catamount football coaching legend and another WCU Athletics Hall of Famer, Al "Mutt" DeGraffenreid. Now lovingly known as "The Mutt," the final tour stop is scheduled for Friday, October 12, hosted at Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville. Perhaps appropriately so, the 2018 installment of "The Mutt" kicks off another home football game weekend as the Catamounts host league-rival, Chattanooga, on Saturday, Oct. 13.

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. Wrap-up each event with a tournament dinner and the event awards presentation at each stop.

The Catamount Golf Tour was established 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 2018 Catamount Golf Tour with tax-deductible contributions that include specific tournament sponsorship, food and tour-wide options, individual hole signs, or individual pin flags. Any of these options can be adorned with your business name and/or logo fluttering in the breeze as the participants hit the green.

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

2018 Catamount Golf Tour Dates
WCU Charlotte / Metrolina Open
Date: Monday, May 14, 2018 - 12:30 pm tee time
Location: Raintree Country Club
Address: 8600 Raintree Lane - Charlotte, N.C.

The Catamount Shootout
Date: Friday, June 8, 2018 - 1:00 pm tee time
Location: Marion Lake Club at Lake James
Address: 2030 NC Hwy 126 - Nebo, N.C.

The WCU Great Smokies Invitational
Date: Friday, July 13, 2018 - 11:00 am tee time
Location: The Ridges Golf Club
Address: 1665 Mountain Harbour Drive - Hayesville, N.C.

14th Annual Bob Waters Memorial
In remembrance of legendary Coach Bob Waters
Date: Friday, August 31, 2018 - 10:00 am tee time
Location: The Maggie Valley Club & Resort
Address: 1819 Country Club Drive - Maggie Valley, N.C.
2018 Catamount Football Home-Opener is Saturday, Sept. 1

"The Mutt" Catamount Football Classic
In remembrance of Coach Alphonso "Mutt" Degraffenreid
Date: Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:00 am tee time
Location: Laurel Ridge Country Club
Address: 49 Cupp Lane -- Waynesville, N.C.
Catamount Football hosts Chattanooga on Saturday, Oct. 13