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YHC to Host Clay Dotson Open Golf Tournament

Friday, May 3, 2013

Media Contact: LeAnn Waldroup
(706) 379-5310,

Young Harris College to Host Clay Dotson Open Golf Tournament

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The annual Clay Dotson Open golf tournament to benefit student scholarships at Young Harris College will be held on Monday, May 20, at Brasstown Valley Resort.

More than 90 percent of YHC students receive some form of financial assistance, and all proceeds from the Clay Dotson Open are used toward scholarships for Young Harris College students. Generous support of this annual event allows a new generation of students to achieve their academic pursuits and become part of a 127-year legacy.

“YHC offers students a wide variety of opportunities to get involved, and I love the emphasis that is placed on individual discovery,” said Jessie Robinette, a junior early childhood education major from Madison, Ga. “By becoming immersed in the YHC community, I have embarked on a journey of personal growth. None of this would have been possible without the help of a scholarship.”

“When I first visited YHC, it felt very similar to the private high school I called home. I knew right away that I would be comfortable spending my next four years here,” added Lou Roland, a sophomore outdoor leadership major from Woodstock, Ga. “The opportunities and atmosphere YHC provides for students is exactly what I was looking for. I feel so blessed to have become part of the Young Harris family. The scholarship I received is a huge part of my success, and will continue to be as I further my studies.”

Players will enjoy morning and afternoon flights, a complimentary continental breakfast, lunch and/or snack, an awards ceremony with prizes for low net in each flight, a putting contest with prizes and a complimentary team photograph.

The tournament will also feature the annual Alumni Team Challenge in which the team with the lowest score will win a special award. Teams of four YHC alumni will also receive a special discount rate and an invitation to a kick-off alumni reception at Brassie’s on Sunday, May 19.

Located in Young Harris, Ga., Brasstown Valley Resort is home to a 7,000 yard, championship par-72 links-style golf course that is ranked by Golf Digest as one of the top 10 places to play in the state.

For player registration and sponsorship opportunities at this event, contact Director of Development Mark Dotson, ’88, at (706) 379-5355 or For more information about the Clay Dotson Open, visit

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit
YHC President Cathy Cox (far right) presents the 2012 Clay Dotson Morning Flight 2 Winner award to Dale Anderson, Doug Thrasher, Erik Brinke and Brian Mashburn.