Over 50 golf fans registered for the Fountain Place Tommy Bolt Clinic held at the Cherokee Village South Golf Course June 28. The weather cooperated and clinic participants were welcomed with a casual lunch catered by the South Course Restaurant. The luncheon was underwritten with part of a cash grant to Fountain Place provided by the American Land Company of Cherokee Village, principals Eben Daggett and Ron Rhodes.
The clinic was kicked off with an original song dedicated to Bolt performed by local resident Dave Keylor, a longtime friend. Keylor continued to emcee the next hour, as Bolt regaled the crowd with golf stories as well as demonstration of various golf shots. Assisting Bolt in the demonstration was Aaron Circle, the South Course pro.
After an hour of clinic participation with Bolt and his cast, those who had registered enjoyed a round of golf at the championship South Course.
The clinic was designed as an advance welcome to showcase the talents of U.S. Open Champion and World Hall of Fame member Bolt. The event began promotion for the Fountain Place Tommy Bolt Classic, a tournament that is scheduled for June 26, 2004. Subsequent tournaments are planned for the fourth Saturday in June every year thereafter.
Proceeds for all events are for the benefit of Fountain Place, a Christian retirement center located in Cherokee Village. Fountain Place is a federally qualified 501-c-3 charitable institution, and therefore all donations are tax deductible, according to clinic organizers.
Last October, Bolt was inducted into the Hall at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla. Bolt spends winters at his home at the Black Diamond Country Club in Lecano, Fla., and summers at his home in Cherokee Village.
Questions concerning the Fountain Place Tommy Bolt Classic may be addressed to tournament chairman Oral Henderson at 257-2452.