By: Hannah Johnson
The NHS Boys Golf Team hosted the annual Cougar Invitational Golf Tournament on March 18th. The eventwas hosted at Summergrove Golf Club, and tee off was around noon.
The tournament was started six years ago by Jeff Bryant who is now the Athletic Director and Assistant Principal at NHS.
It began with the hopes of raising money for both the Girls and Boys Golf Team.
The prep work begins in January for the tournament. All three coaches, Coach Hines, Coach Child and Coach King, have put in many strenuous hours of work for the tournament.
The Newnan golfers all work hard to get several sponsors for the Cougar Invitational. Coach Child stated, “All members of the NHS Girls and Boys Golf Team actively secure sponsorship from the community.”
Each student goes out and obtains a sponsorship from a local business. They receive donations from businesses who have previously given or new sponsors. Sponsors receive a sign at various holes to promote their company’s patronage of the team.
The main sponsor for this year’s Cougar Invitational is Infinity South.
Coach Child commented, “Much work is involved in communicating with the teams, setting up the tournament and activities of the tournament, getting the signs for the tournament and generally playing host and hostesses for the tournament.”
There is a lot of behind the scenes work that goes into making the tournament happen.
There are nineteen schools that are participating in the Cougar Invitational. The schools are located in the Atlanta area and range from 7AAA to private schools.
The winning team will receive the Cougar Cup, which has been given as a prize every year.
Other prizes will be given to the first, second and third place individuals as well as ranking top ranking teams.
Along with these, there will be a longest drive prize and a closest to the pin prize. Teams can buy mulligans and footage. These incentives can help to improve their shot as well.
Coach Child said, “We would love to win the tournament, but we are just glad that so many schools are coming to be in the tournament.”