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YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — On Monday, Aug. 10, Young Harris College hosted the 16th annual Clay Dotson Open golf tournament at Brasstown Valley Resort to raise money for student scholarships. Approximately 80 golfers played in the tournament, which raised more than $65,000.

“Many thanks to everyone who sponsored, participated in and supported the 2020 Clay Dotson Open,” said Vice President of Advancement 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. The following teams walked away with first-place honors across the two flights: (Flight A) Wade Patterson, ’69, Debra Patterson, ’76, Michael Willard and Chase Brinson; and (Flight B) Brian Mundy, Matt Gutierrez, Ray Gutierrez and Lawrence McNabb.

Teams with three or more YHC alumni qualified for the Tom Forkner, Sr. Alumni Challenge. The winning team included Jay Burks, Andy Burks, ’94, Jackson Burks, ’19, and Ryan Burks, ’13.

Michael Willard won the Longest Drive competition, and Wesley Rogers won the Closest to the Pin competition.

“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 2020 tournament, Diamond Sponsors included Brasstown Valley Resort, Sodexo and United Community Bank. Gold Sponsors included adidas and Follett Higher Education Group. Silver Sponsors included Batchelor and Kimball, Inc., Maxair, Inc. and Tri-State Utility Products, Inc. Bronze Sponsors included Blue Ridge Mountain EMC, CMA Agency, Inc., EntryPoint Doors of Atlanta, Georgia Power, Jim Ellison, ’88, and Beth Ellison, Kurt Momand, ’77, Heather Momand Brunone, ’08, Lamin-X Protective Films, and Montag & Caldwell, LLC. Along with several business and individual Hole Sponsors, Jacky Jones Chevrolet was our Hole-in-One Sponsor. This tournament wouldn’t succeed without the help of our sponsors. 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 four academic divisions: Fine Arts; Humanities; Mathematics, Science and Technology; and Professional Studies. More than 1,400 students are enrolled in its residential and Early College programs. 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