BY DARREN REESE
SUN SPORTS EDITOR
GREENEVILLE - Bob Kesling couldn't have drawn up a more perfect day for his annual Celebrity Golf Classic Friday.
With picture perfect skies and ideal temperatures, almost 150 golfers converged on Link Hills Country Club to raise money for the Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville and Greene County.
"If you can't get out here and enjoy a day like this, there is something wrong," said the Voice of the Vols.
This marked the 10th annual Classic, and Kesling brought with him several of his close friends from Knoxville, including former Tennessee football coach Johnny Majors and quarterback great Condredge Holloway.
"I think anytime you can give back to the community, especially when it deals with kids, it's very important," Kesling said.
"When I was growing up, all there was to do was go to the playground and play ball. Nowadays, kids have so many distractions. The Boys & Girls Club here in Greeneville does a great job of getting kids to focus on the right things. What the Club needs is improved facilities, and that's what we are out here trying to do, raise money for that."
The Appalachian Forest Products team, comprised of Anthony Payne, Dylan Payne, Jim Harrison, Tyler Nix and East Tennessee State University baseball coach Tony Skole took top honors in the tournament by shooting a 53.
Skole is fresh off leading the Bucs to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1981.
The Bob Kesling Celebrity Golf Classic benefits the local Boys & Girls Club and was title sponsored by DTR Tennessee and Landair Distribution. Celebrities from around the region competed with local teams of four in this captain's team format.
"Bob Kesling's efforts toward this event are tremendous. We had a great turnout from the celebrity golfers for our tournament again this year" stated Scott Bullington, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club. "We are very fortunate to have people willing to take time out of their busy schedules to help support the youth of Greeneville & Greene County by participating in our special event".
Darius Peedin, co-chairman for the Bob Kesling Boys & Girls Club Golf Classic, stated "that we look forward to bringing it back again next year as Bob has committed to do it again in 2014" he added.
See more photos from the tournament on page B-5. An addition story on the event, including commentary from Majors and Holloway will be in the next issue of The Greeneville Sun.