Willowbrook Golf Club was recently announced as the host venue for the upcoming WAB Sports Celebrity Golf Tournament.
The event is being organized by Bell Buckle native and former Clemson All-American basketball player Wayne Buckingham and will be held on Saturday, October 26 at 10 a.m. It will also feature retired NFL and NBA players.
Before the tournament kicks off, there will be a meet-and-greet party held at Prater's BBQ on Friday, October 25. The retired players will attend the meet-and-greet to sign autographs and talk to the participants.
The event's purpose is to raise money and provide scholarships for students in Middle Tennessee.
"Our goal is to give out five thousand dollars of scholarships this year to kids in Middle Tennessee," Buckingham said. "We donate part of the proceeds to our junior golf program in Manchester to help kids go to college."
The tournament will be a four-man scramble, with first, second and third-place winners. In addition to the tournament, participants will have the chance to win for a hole in one, closest to the pin, longest drive and a putting contest.
Buckingham and WAB Sports have been involved in youth sports and fundraising since 2005. His programs began with basketball and football camps after he graduated college that year.
These camps have been held in many areas outside of Tennessee.
"We do them all over the Southeast region," Buckingham explained. "We do some at Clemson, at Seneca, South Carolina, Atlanta, down to South Pittsburg."
The WAB Celebrity Golf Tournaments began four years ago and have been held at different courses across Middle Tennessee. Buckingham said his goal is to expand the tournaments to other parts of Southeast as well, with plans for tournaments in Myrtle Beach and Clemson.
Retired players attend Buckingham's events to provide advice for attendees on sports and life.
"I brought former players in to mentor and talk to the kids about health awareness, nutrition and building character," Buckingham said. "and learning how to be a good teammate."
The entry fee is $600 per team. Teams can be registered with Buckingham by calling 331-472-9828, or by calling Willowbrook Golf Club. The event will also be open to the public to attend.
"Kids can get out and follow us around with their parents and stuff, it's not a private thing," Buckingham said. "We'd love the kids to come get autographs, take pictures with all the players and stuff."