Good Deed: Golf tournament raises nearly $75,000 for Morning Pointe Foundation

The 8th annual Mastering Memory Golf Tournament, held Aug. 22 at Lookout Mountain Golf Club, raised almost $75,000 for the Morning Pointe Foundation.

The proceeds will support the foundation's mission to provide clinical scholarships and caregiver educational programs across the Southeast, according to a news release.

First Bank's team of Jim McKenzie, Ben Frizzell, Aaron Frizzell and Lake Johnson took first-place honors. Second place went to the Miller & Martin team of Hugh Sharber, Scott Parrish, Merrill Nelson and Evan Sharber. Third place went to the Trammell Group team of Wade Trammell, Riley Barnes, Korey Chitwood and Chase Deck.

"I'm just happy," said Trammell. "When you combine a little golf with a great cause, it's a great day."

The tournament sold out for the second year in a row. Participants were also invited to take part in a silent auction.

Miranda Perez, Morning Pointe Foundation executive director, said tournament players and supporters exemplify the foundation's mission.

"They have been with us through growth and the pandemic, and today has been a celebration of their dedication, not only to the Morning Pointe Foundation but also to the students who benefit from our scholarships," she said in the release.

Brian M. Anderson, head golf professional at the Lookout Mountain Club, hosted the event.

"It's great to see so many people come out, and it's such a great cause," said Anderson. "We hope to continue to host this event in the future."

Founded in 1997 by senior health care entrepreneurs Greg A. Vital and J. Franklin Farrow, Morning Pointe Senior Living owns and operates 37 assisted living, personal care and Alzheimer's memory care communities in five southeastern states.

The foundation, created in 2014, allocates tournament funds for clinical scholarships at local community colleges and universities. These include Chattanooga State Community College, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Southern Adventist University, Dalton State College, Cleveland State Community College and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Athens.

Heidi Pino

Morning Pointe