Atmos Energy Sponsors 2011 Church Taylor Golf Classic

Atmos Energy is the presenting sponsor of the 2011 Chuck Taylor Blue Raider Golf Classic. Named for the former Middle Tennessee and major league pitcher, the popular tournament has been a fund-raiser for Blue Raider Athletics for many years.

The double shotgun best ball handicap event is set for Monday, August 29th, at Murfreesboro's Stones River Country Club. Registration for the 8:00 am flight starts at 7:00 a.m., with lunch for both flights starting at 11:15. Registration for the afternoon 1:30 p.m. flight starts at 11:30 a.m.

"We are very pleased to announce that we are very close to selling out this event again this year. We expanded our field to 60 teams and we have a few slots available," stated Associate AD Alan Farley, who heads up fund-raising for the Blue Raider Athletic Association. "I would like to thank our sponsors who have stepped forward to support this event, Atmos Energy, Lewis Bakery, Kroger, Aramark, Sleep Centers of Middle Tennessee, Nationwide Insurance, Purity Dairies and Beacon Technologies. We could not put on an event of this caliber without their support.

"Last year we established this as the premiere golf tournament in the Rutherford County area with the type of course, the items and gifts each golfer receives and the quality of prizes available to win," continued Farley. "Our golf committee, led by SRCC members Pat Ryan and John Morris, has put together another top notch event for this year.

"I think the top prize, an opportunity to represent our university in the 36-hole Acura College National Championship, generated a lot of early interest. This is a best ball event at Pinehurst on October 27-30, 2011 against 60 other teams of Division 1 FBS university booster clubs."

Included in the Chuck Taylor Blue Raider Golf registration fee is a participant and sponsors dinner, presented by Aramark and Kroger. It will be held on Thursday night, the 25th, at the Georgetown home of Jo and John Morris. Each player and sponsor will receive tickets to the event. Middle Tennessee coaches and administrators will also attend.

Entry fees also include a Cleveland Classic putter with laser etched MT logo, Titleist Pro V1 golf balls with MT logo, lunch, practice and range balls, and prizes.

But the grand prize, the biggest in the history of the tournament, will be a chance to play the famous Pinehurst, NC layout in the Acura College Alumni Championship.

Members of the winning foursome will represent Middle Tennessee in the 2nd Annual Acura Championship at Pinehurst. It will be a 36-hole event on Pinehurst's No. 2 and No. 4 courses.

Included are resort accommodations for three days and two nights, airport transfers and resort transportation, breakfast each day, a welcome reception, the Acura Champions banquet, the Acura Shoot-out, team gifts with school colors and a team photo.

For more information, please contact Alan Farley at 898-2210.