One of the largest charity golf events in Wilson County is now in its sixth year and is set for play on Monday, June 13, at Lebanon’s Five Oaks Golf and Country Club.
The tournament, which has been tagged, “Tee it Up for Sean,” has enjoyed a huge following in memory of Sean Putman. Sean, who loved the game of golf, battled cancer for several years and passed away Aug. 20, 2005 at the age of 8. His parents are Troy and Beth Putman of Lebanon.
The Sean Putman Memorial Scholarship Fund was formed in his memory later the same year Sean passed away. Sean’s mother, Beth, serves as a member of the committee responsible for organizing the annual event.
“We continue to be amazed each day at the local response in support of Sean’s scholarship fund by this wonderful community we live in,” she said. “Our partnership with Cumberland to assist local high school seniors entering college has been so well received. The golf tournament is an important part of our lives and directly affects others in a special way while honoring Sean’s memory.”
Currently there are six Wilson County high school graduates receiving scholarship funds directly from tournament proceeds and other fund raising efforts to attend Cumberland University. That number will increase to nine students beginning with the fall term at CU.
“The Sean Putman Scholarship was a great help for me while I pursued my degree at Cumberland. I really appreciated the scholarship funds I received and it really meant a lot since I personally knew Sean Putman and his family,” said Meleia Montgomery, a registered nurse now employed at University Medical Center in Lebanon.
A number of area students have benefited from the scholarship fund, and details of the scholarship are available online at www.cumberland.edu. Applications are now being accepted and the scholarship funds will be awarded this fall.
This year’s event is set to begin at 1 p.m., Monday, June 13. The tournament format is a four-man scramble with a shotgun start. Golfers are encouraged to register early as organizers anticipate a full field of golfers once again. LoJac Materials, a local road contractor, will be providing lunch for the golfers beginning at 11:30 a.m. Golfers will also have the opportunity during the lunch hour to bid on items donated for silent auction.
In addition to the main afternoon event, a recreational nine-hole round of golf is planned for younger golfers. Information is now being distributed to area schools so they can register and participate. This has proved to be an exciting time for many youngsters as they experience golf on this area’s premier golf course for the first time. This event gets underway at 8 a.m.
Primary sponsors and underwriters of this year’s event include: Friends of College Hills Church of Christ, LoJac Materials, Partlow Funeral Chapel, PFG/Lester, THW Insurance Services, Wilson Bank & Trust, MediaMail and The Wilson Post.
Registration to play and sponsorship forms can be downloaded at www.seanputman.com. For information, visit the website, or you can phone Troy Putman at 547-5629 or Stephanie Walker at 547-1387.