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YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — On Monday, May 13, Young Harris College hosted the 15th annual Clay Dotson Open golf tournament at Brasstown Valley Resort to raise money for student scholarships. Approximately 150 golfers played in the tournament, which raised more than $95,000.

“On behalf of the students, faculty and staff of Young Harris College, thank you to everyone who sponsored, participated in and supported the 2019 Clay Dotson Open,” said Executive Director of Development Mark Dotson, ’88. “Because of your generosity, deserving students will receive scholarships and the opportunity to pursue an education at YHC.”

The Clay Dotson Open included two flights in the morning and two flights in the afternoon. The following teams walked away with first-place honors across the four flights: Ricky Tanner, Doug Adams, Robert Dumas and Trent Rich; John Luc, Tony Luc, Chance Luc and Rae Luc; Wade Patterson, Debra Patterson, ’76, Brian Herzog and Michael Willard; and Mark O’Connor, ’81, Jason Rhinehardt, Kirk Hatherly and Frank Leatherwood.

Teams with three or more YHC alumni qualified for the Tom Forkner, Sr. Alumni Challenge. The winning team included David Gurley, ’69, Charlie Butler, ’69, Jerry Waller, ’69, and Joe Lashley.

Winners of the Longest Drive competition included Aaron Ackermon and Jim “Coach” Roper. Winners of the Closest to the Pin competition included Mark Stancil and Adam Houser.

“In addition to the golfers, we’re fortunate to have the generous support of businesses and families who believe in the mission of Young Harris College and contribute to the Clay Dotson Open to support student scholarships,” said Dotson. “For the 2019 tournament, Diamond Sponsors included Brasstown Valley Resort, Sodexo and United Community Bank. Gold Sponsors included adidas, Follett Higher Education Group, Padgett Group and the family of Tom Forkner, Sr. We’re very grateful for their support.”

About Young Harris College

Young Harris College is a private baccalaureate and master’s degree-granting institution 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 an education that purposefully integrates the liberal arts and professional studies. The College has three academic divisions: Arts and Humanities, Professional Studies, and Mathematics, Science and Technology, with more than 1,400 students enrolled in its residential and Early College programs. The historic campus in Young Harris, Georgia has completed major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth. LEED-certified campus improvements include the 121,000-square-foot Rollins Campus Center, residence facilities and a 57,000-square-foot recreation and fitness center. The College is an active member of the NCAA Division II and remains a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. For more information, visit