The 18th annual Kermit Tipton Football Scholarship Fund golf tournament will be held July 27 at the Johnson City Country Club. All proceeds from the event support the Coach Tipton Scholarship Fund, and a $5,000 scholarship is awarded each year to a senior Science Hill High School football player who exemplifies the characteristics stressed by Tipton.
Science Hill head football coach Stacy Carter said he has great respect for the Tipton Scholarship Fund and the people who make it happen.
“It’s a good group of men, for sure,” said Carter. “They have a selection committee, they have bylaws, and they have their own criteria. I answer questions about the kids, but they make the choice. These guys have been successful in their own businesses, and they’ve given a whole lot back to the community.”
Carter said the group has played a key role in the success of Science Hill football.
“They’ve not just given to the kids,” he said. “I can’t say enough about what they’ve done for us. They’ve taken care of the football program. We are very fortunate to have those guys. If that group wasn’t supporting me, it would have been hard for me to be successful. I don’t think we could do it without them.”
The pre-tournament meal will begin at 10:45 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at noon. Individuals can participate for $90 while the cost for a foursome is $360. Tee box sponsorships are $100.
Among the characteristics embodied by Tipton were sincerity, reliability, discipline, loyalty, skill and perseverance.
“This year will mark our 18th tournament,” said Harry Gibson, a former player for Tipton. “We’ve played at the Johnson City Country Club for several years now. The scholarship is meant to further the person’s education.”
Science Hill’s coaching staff will present three candidates to consider for the scholarship.
“A committee composed of Tipton’s former players will select the honoree,” Gibson said. “The scholarship will be awarded in May.”
The scholarships have been offered since 2000, when a group of men who played under Tipton from 1956-1966 established the fund to honor him. The awards are funded primarily through the annual golf tournament and donations from sponsors.
This year’s main sponsor is Ballad Health. Other sponsors include: Champion Chevrolet/Cadillac Johnson City, Johnson City Wofford Bros. Insurance Agency Inc., Citizens Bank, Axis Incorporated, Rustic Ridge Landscaping, Ernest Campbell Development LLC and BullsEye.
For more information on the event, call C.B. Kinch at 423-335-6708, Harry Gibson at 423-483-8000, or Bob Cooper at 404-808-6040.