Chattanooga Christian golf tourney needs participants

Chattanooga Christian golf tourney needs participants

June 6th, 2012 by Katie Ward in Local Regional News

Chattanooga Christian School Athletic Boosters invites golfers to take part in the group's 22nd annual golf tournament at Windstone Golf Club June 19.

Golfers are welcome to enroll up until June 12. The tournament is open to all ages and skill levels.

The cost is $500 for a four-man team or $125 per person, which includes lunch and supper.

Tournament proceeds benefit the school's athletic programs and facilities. The event typically brings in $4,000 to $15,000 annually.

"Last year we had 100 golfers," said CCS President Chad Dirkse, who plans to play golf on a four-man team. "For us it's a community developer. We try to create an environment to let athletes develop to their full potential at CCS."

Tournament registration June 19 will begin at 11:30 a.m. with tee time at 1 p.m.

Dirkse said it costs a lot to run CCS athletic programs, so community support is essential to developing strong, well-rounded athletes.

"Sports is not just about wins and losses, it's about participating in athletics and learning life skills," he said. "We want to thank our sponsors and golfers for contributing to the tournament for a number of years."

CCS enrolls athletes in softball, golf, bowling, soccer, football, cheerleading, track, cross country, basketball, wrestling, tennis, volleyball and baseball. According to Dirkse, 60 percent of the school's middle and high school students participate in athletics.

"We have a lot of athletes taking bags out of cars for golfers at the tournament," he said. "It's a great time for me to see the kids give back."

Golf tournament chairman Brent Matthews estimates 120 golfers will take part in this year's tournament.

The grand prize for the golfer that scores a hole in one is a new car. First, second and third place in two flights will also get prizes, as will the closest to the pin and longest drive. Certificates to restaurants will be awarded as door prizes.

Dirkse said the school recently purchased 17 acres of contiguous property across from 33rd Street with 70,000 square feet of warehouse space that will be converted into an indoor turf facility for football, soccer, baseball, softball and cheerleading.

"The majority of the property will hold athletic facilities and buildings," he said. "Our goal ultimately would be to have athletic facilities on-campus. We have a track, tennis courts and three gyms, but we have 12 teams."

He said CCS expects to enroll 1,175 students in the fall.

"First and foremost we emphasize a Christ-centered education," said Dirkse. "Athletics is a good way for us to disciple our student athletes to use their gifts to reflect God's glory."