Mike Grace golf tournament returns for its 33rd year


9/1/2015
Mike Grace Golf Tournament

Franklin, Tenn.—The Mike Grace golf tournament, hosted by A. O. Smith's parts division, APCOM, will be held on Sept. 14 at the Forrest Crossing Golf Course in Franklin, Tenn. All proceeds will directly support the Mike Grace Scholarship Fund, which helps graduating high school seniors continue on to pursue higher education.

Mike Grace Golf Tournament GolfcartOn average, there are about 200 golfers eager to participate. Playing in teams of four, they will scramble for the win in either the morning or the afternoon tournament. There will also be a dinner and an awards ceremony following the tournament. Returning this year is the opportunity to win prizes through various contests such as the first hole-in-one, longest drive for men and women, and longest putt.

Mike Grace Golf Tournament Welcome“The raffles allow us to raise additional funds that go directly to the Mike Grace Scholarship Fund,” said Jenn Donaldson, marketing program manager of APCOM. “Some of the items in the raffle include signed memorabilia from Tom Gainey, professional golfer and former A. O. Smith employee, as well as other top-notch golf items.”

The Mike Grace Scholarship Fund was established in 1983 to recognize high achievement in the area of vocational education as well as to memorialize APCOM founder, Mike Grace. The scholarships are supported with funds from registration fees, donations and sponsorships. Last year, over $33,000 was awarded to high school seniors.

Students in all Williamson and Putnam county high schools can apply for a scholarship by obtaining an application from their high school counselor. The Mike Grace Scholarship Selection Committee members are: Tina McKeithan, Marian Hall, and Mark Murphy of APCOM and Nancy Conway, Williamson County Chamber of Commerce.

“We asked past and recent scholarship recipients what winning the award meant to them. Responses varied between making the university of the recipient’s choice affordable, allow saving for graduate school, take full-time courses to graduate earlier and have the opportunity to participate in more campus organizations,” Donaldson noted.

The Mike Grace Scholarship has an impact on so many students and their education. Every donation counts and makes a difference to each recipient. This year, success stories and testimonials will be shared during the tournament to show how the event and funds raised for it have been used for higher education.

“Being able to carry on the legacy of Mike Grace and continue funding scholarships through the golf tournament for the past 33 years is a result of truly dedicated APCOM employees throughout the years as well as APCOM’s customers and vendors that return year after year showing their support,” Donaldson continued.

Mike Grace Golf Tournament GolfersAPCOM has been a part of A. O. Smith since 2001. Both companies strive to give back to different organizations with notable causes. The Mike Grace Golf Tournament provides the chance to not only support higher education for today’s youth, but also to recognize Mike Grace as the founder of APCOM. 

APCOM and participants look forward to the tournament every year. The Mike Grace Golf Committee members work year-round to create such a successful fundraiser. This year’s committee members are: Jenn Donaldson, Ken Fischer, Angie Bowe, John Myers, Jay Gaskin, Tina McKeithan, Alisha Craig, Brian Chipouras, Toni Garrett and Randy Stamps. 

Anyone is eligible to participate in the tournament; the registration deadline is next Monday, Sept. 6. To get more information, sign up or donate, visit www.mikegracegolf.com.