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Teeing off for Tiger athletics
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Bradwell Institute golf coach Ken Griffin always tells his players that golf is about having fun.
Fun is what he wants golfers to have as they prepare for Saturday’s Tiger Tee Off at 1 p.m. at Cherokee Rose Country Club.
The golfers will not only have fun but also will raise money so more Bradwell athletes can have fun on the athletic field.
In its seventh year, the event helps fund all non-revenue sports at Bradwell. The Tiger Tee Off raised more than $2,000 last year.
Last year, Griffin purchased Medicus clubs for his golf team. In addition, half of the proceeds supported other non-revenue producing sports.
Though people will be having fun, there also will be some competitiveness at the four-person scramble.
That’s because the first place team wins $300, second place earns $200 and third place gets $100.
In addition to prizes for the winning teams, Hinesville Ford has agreed to award a used automobile to whoever comes closest to the pin on hole No. 13.
“This has always been one of the biggest draws to the tournament,” Griffin said. “It is an awesome way for BI alumnus Fred Mingledorff to support BI athletics.”
Under the tournament format, the best ball from the four golfers is always played.  
In addition to selling hole sponsorships, overseeing registration and scheduling a tee-time, Griffin had to deal with much change this year with the tournament.
“Being a person that likes to identify change as a challenge, this year’s Tiger Tee Off has presented several challenges,” he said. “First, due to changes being made to the golf course in May, the tournament was moved to an earlier date. Then, the new date offered our supportive community a Diabetes Skeet Shoot and another local tournament at the Sapelo Hammock Course. I have been challenged out.”
The tournament has 11 teams and Griffin said more are encouraged to join.
“The tournament grows each year,” he said. “The one addition I would like to see to the tournament would be more women golfers and military personnel participate in the tournament. Yearly, we have new participants and sponsors. I appreciate their support. I must say, ‘thank you’ to the businesses, alumni and others that make the tournament a success.”
Griffin, especially wants to thank Ronnie Mobley at Cherokee Rose Golf Course and Betsy Ott from Taylors Creek Golf Course for their support during the year.
Registration is still open for the Tiger Tee Off. For more information or to register, call Griffin at 876-6121 or Mobley at 876-5503.

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