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YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — On Monday, May 17, Young Harris College hosted the 17th annual Clay Dotson Open golf tournament at Brasstown Valley Resort to raise money for student scholarships. A total of 127 golfers played in the tournament, which raised more than $70,000.

“Many thanks to everyone who sponsored, participated in and supported the 2021 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 1) Wade Patterson, ’69, Debra Patterson, ’76, Brian Helzog and Michael Willard; and (Flight 2) David Loudermilk, Dave Yuhas, Rob Brown and Shanon Christian.

Teams with three or more YHC alumni qualified for the Tom Forkner, Sr. Alumni Challenge. The winning team included Jarrell Johnson, ’77, Jim Hudgins, ’77, Grady Mosley and John Sillay, ’75.

Michael Willard won the Longest Drive competition for the second year in a row, and Angus Guberman 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 2021 tournament, Diamond Sponsors included Brasstown Valley Resort and Sodexo. Gold Sponsors included Follett Higher Education Group, Truist and United Community Bank. Silver Sponsors included Batchelor and Kimball, Inc., EntryPoint Doors of Atlanta, Montag & Caldwell, LLC, Tri-State Utility Products, Inc. Kurt Momand, ’77, and Heather Momand Brunone, ’08. Bronze Sponsors included Blue Ridge Mountain EMC, CMA Agency, Inc., Comfort Systems USA, Lamin-x Protective Films, Jim Ellison, ’88, and Beth Ellison, Clay and Betty Dotson, and Mary Broadrick and John Moffitt. Along with several 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