MERIDIAN, Miss. The first annual "Tee it Up" benefit golf tournament was held Friday afternoon at Briarwood Country Club.
The tournament was put on by John O' Neil Johnson Toyota with sponsors from across the county helping to make the event possible. The tournament consisted of teams of four with a first, second and third place trophy for the top finishers. The dealership's marketing coordinator Kaylee Ferguson shared why they decided to do a golf tournament as the event.
"I wanted to do an interactive activity instead of just holding a fundraiser," Ferguson said. "I felt like people would see what we were trying to do and give back to the community."
All the money from sponsors and team buy-ins, which totaled to $5,000, was awarded to a school chosen by managers of the dealership. Schools from across the county were asked to submit letters to the dealership sharing why they needed extra money and what they planned to do with it. Ferguson said she hopes that the tournament continues on in the future.
"We hope to do this same tournament next year and maybe give another school money if they submit the letters," Ferguson said. "We want it to be a full benefit and just be out and involved and help somebody."
This year's winning school was Meridian High School. Head Football Coach John Douglas was in attendance at the tournament and shared that the school plans to use the money towards tutoring for student athletes.