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Submitted photo | Jefferson PostThe annual Watauga Ashe Wilkes Scholarship Golf Tournament will take place on Sept. 18.
Submitted photo | Jefferson PostThe annual Watauga Ashe Wilkes Scholarship Golf Tournament will take place on Sept. 18.
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The 14th annual Watauga-Ashe-Wilkes Golf Tournament will take place Thursday, Sept. 18, at Jefferson Landing in Jefferson, NC. The deadline to register is Aug. 30.

The annual tournament is the primary fundraiser for the Watauga-Ashe-Wilkes Scholarship, organized in 2001 by Phil Stevens, who has ties in all three counties.

“I grew up on the Watauga County side of Todd, attended Beaver Creek High School in Ashe County and enjoyed a career at Lowe’s Companies,” he said. “My background and history give me a strong appreciation for this region, and there is no better way to ensure the successful future of these counties than by investing in the young adults who call this place home.”

The competitive scholarship, which emphasizes financial need, annually awards $2,000 to graduating seniors in each of the named counties and is renewable for up to three additional years. The scholarship endowment’s board selects up to six recipients each year.Aside from Stevens, board members include Kim Barnes, Kimberly Foster , Charles Hartzog, Danny Holman, Michael Lyall, Daphne Petrey, Bradley McNeil and Allison Phillips.

More than $325,000 has been awarded to over 60 students since the scholarship’s inception.

The annual golf tournament is the scholarship’s principal fundraising event. The format is Captain’s Choice, with four-player teams. Player registration is $150.

Businesses and individuals can sponsor a hole for $100. The event sponsor is Valspar, Inc. Other sponsors include Novant Health (VIP Dinner), 3M, BB&T, JR Vannoy Construction, Lowe’s, Merrill Lynch, Modern Toyota, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Wells Fargo, Werner Ladder, and Window World.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, for the longest drive and the closest to the hole (par 3’s). The first person to make a hole-in-one on the designated par 3 will win a new Toyota. This year’s tournament will also include an additional hole-in-one contest with the chance to win a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, in memory of longtime WAW supporter, Marvin William Robinson, who passed away earlier this year.

The scholarship fund is managed by the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF), a statewide nonprofit with affiliate foundations in all three counties.

Those interested in playing, sponsorship, making a contribution, or including the Watauga-Ashe-Wilkes Scholarship Fund in their estate planning should contact Phil Stevens at 336-469-3545 or John Francis, NCCF regional associate at jfrancis@nccommunityfoundation.org.

For more information about the Watauga-Ashe-Wilkes Scholarship visit www.wawscholarship.org. For more information about NCCF, visit www.nccommunityfoundation.org.

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