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May News Release - LMH Scholarship Pro/Am Golf Tournament and Long Drive Shoot-Out.

LONG DRIVE GOLF ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING NEWS RELEASE  -  May 3, 2016  -  Laughlin Health Care Foundation  -  Contact:  Betty S. Weemes,  423.787.5117 

The 16th Annual Laughlin Memorial Hospital Tennessee Scholarship Pro/Am Tournament and Long Drive Shoot-Out

Photo:  Jeremy Easterly, winner of the 2015 Laughlin Memorial Hospital Tennessee Shoot-Out and ProAm Scholarship Tournament.

Jeremy, a native of Greeneville, TN, who now lives in Ponte Vedra, FL,  came in second in the World Long Drive Shoot-Out in 2015 and was the first long-drive golfer to register for the Tennessee Shoot-Out, scheduled for June 9 and 10 at Graysburg Hills Golf Course, sponsored by Laughlin Memorial Hospital, Greeneville TN.

Bart Hartsell can be reached to make arrangements for an interview at 823-0700. -- Mike Ambriz, Regional Director, Long Drive Events/ 1 (817) 819-4497

Laughlin Memorial Hospital announces the most exciting golfing event in the state of Tennessee: The 16th Annual Laughlin Memorial Hospital Tennessee Scholarship Pro/Am Tournament and Long Drive Shoot-Out.

The unusual golfing event is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, June 9 and June 10, at Graysburg Hills Golf Course, with veterans Tom Gregory, Tony LaMarca, and Larry Coughlin as co-chairs of the tournament. Greeneville Federal Bank is the major sponsor of the event.

Through a new partnership with Golf Channel this year, the participants in the long drive portion of the LMH Tennessee Shootout will have the opportunity to qualify for the 2016 World Long Drive Championship, which will be held later this year, October 6-12. The top two non-exempt competitors will earn a spot in the field of the 2016 World Long Drive Championship, which will culminate live on Golf Channel October 11 and 12.

“We are more than pleased to welcome these three gentlemen back for the 2016 event.  With Tom, Tony, and Larry in this leadership position, we feel sure this will be the same caliber of golfing event as we have presented over the past fifteen years,” said Chuck Whitfield, president and CEO of Laughlin Memorial Hospital.  “We certainly welcome the opportunity to partner with Bart Hartsell and his long-drive friends, nationally and internationally, and Golf Channel, to bring this unusual and fun tournament to Greeneville,” he added.  Whitfield continued, “We are very grateful for the ongoing support of Greeneville Federal Bank, as our major sponsor for this event and all other sponsors and player-participants in our tournament.”

All events will be held at Graysburg Hills Golf Course, 910 Graysburg Hills Road, Greeneville, TN.  Graysburg is one of the state’s premier courses.

Qualifying rounds in the long-drive competition will begin on Thursday, June 9 at 8:00 a.m.  On Friday, June 10, the pro/am tournament will be held, with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m.  Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m.

Following the pro/am and awards dinner, the finals of the long-drive competition will begin and continue until a champion has been named.

The top professional, nationally-known, long-drive golfers, will be participating in the pro/am tournament on Friday and will take center-stage for the shoot-out activities on Thursday and Friday.

Long-drive golf is a dramatic game, with competitors blasting the ball over 400 yards, and their club head speeds have been clocked up to 160 plus mph. 

Bart Hartsell, a Greeneville, TN, native, is partnering with Laughlin Memorial Hospital to bring this exciting event to Greeneville in a charity format.  Hartsell came in third in the world in 1999.

The exciting shoot-out events are free to the public, and everyone is given a cordial invitation to come watch these professionals “hit the long ball.”  Bleachers will be available, but a lawn chair could be useful.  Come out and enjoy long-drive golf at its finest.

The pro/am entry fee is $800 per team or $200 per individual.  This includes lunch, greens fees, carts, door prizes, complimentary beverages during play, and a casual awards dinner. Pro/am players will have the opportunity to share in excess of $3000 in certificates and prizes. 

Up to $20,000 each for three golfers toward a vehicle from Bachman Bernard Chevrolet for a hole-in-one.

Revenue from this year’s tournament will provide scholarships for worthy students who are preparing themselves for employment in healthcare fields that have been identified as critical shortage areas.

Additionally, the First Tee Junior Invitational Tournament and Junior Clinic will be held on Thursday, June 9.  The Junior Clinic will be conducted by the professional long drivers.  To register for the First Tee Junior Invitation Tournament, visit

For additional information about the scholarship pro/am tournament and long drive tournament, scheduled for  Thursday and Friday, June 9 and 10, please call Laughlin Health Care Foundation at 423.787.5117 or visit us at
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