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Golf tournament to be named for coach

The late Bruce Blasingame is about to be recognized in a special way.

A golf tournament will be named in honor of his love for sports at Thomson High School. Formerly known as the Thomson High School Bulldog Booster Club Golf Tournament, it now will be known as the First Annual Coach Bruce Blasingame Memorial Golf Tournament. The three-person Lauderdale will be played at Belle Meade Country Club near Thomson on Saturday, Aug. 7.

A shotgun start is set for 9 a.m.

"I think Bruce would be well pleased to have this golf tournament named in his memory because he loved Thomson High School so much and all the sports there, too," said Paul Leroy, former head football coach at Thomson High School. He now serves as treasurer of the newly created Thomson High School Athletic Booster Club. "We wanted to do something special to remember him and this is what we came up with."

Coach Leroy called his friend, who passed away earlier this year, "a real special person."

In years past, Coach Blasingame played golf for fun. His son, Ben, still plays the game and will be one of the participants in the upcoming golf tournament named in his father's memory.

"Our club was wholeheartedly in favor of naming this golf tournament to honor Coach Blasingame," said coach Leroy. "Bruce did a lot of special things for a lot of people."

Men and women desiring to play in next month's First Annual Bruce Blasingame Memorial Golf Tournament are encouraged to sign up soon. Those interested in playing in the golf tourney can call the Belle Meade Country Club Pro Shop at 706-595-4511 or coach Leroy at 706-840-3007.

The cost of the competing in the tournament is $300 per team. Senior tees will be used for those 60 years old and older. The price to compete includes Mulligans and a Low-Country Boil lunch.

"We're hoping to have as many as 36 teams or 108 golfers," said coach Leroy.

"If we have a full slate, then we could have three flights of 12 golfers apiece, which would be ideal."

Cash prizes will be offered. The championship team will receive $500; second place, $400; and third place, $300.

Money raised from the First Annual Bruce Blasingame Memorial Golf Tournament will be used to help supplement non-revenue making sports such as girls' and boys' soccer and girls' and boys' golf at Thomson High School. Some of the money also will go towards feeding the football squad pre-game meals.

In addition, other money raised from the golf tournament will be used to provide athletic scholarships for students at the high school. Those scholarships include the Tony Smith/Adam McCorkle Scholarship and Mary Knox-McNeill Scholarship. The joint scholarship is given in the amount of $2,000, while the Knox-McNeill Scholarship totals $1,000.

The Thomson High School Athletic Booster Club is headed by President Richard Downs; Vice-President Billy Anderson; Secretary Stewart Young; and Treasurer Paul Leroy.

Web posted on Thursday, July 22, 2010

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