The 13th Annual Big Ed’s Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday, April 25, continues a long tradition that combines a great day of golf with active commitment to youth and families. The tournament supports Community Mediation Services’ work with youths and families, and it honors the community spirit and caring of “Big Ed” Neusel, founder of Big Ed’s Pizza, and David Neusel, and their belief in giving to others while seeking recognition from no one, a press release said.
The Oak Ridge Country Club provides a beautiful and challenging venue for the Big Ed’s Memorial Tournament. Early registration is Wednesday, April 16. Registration forms are available by calling (865) 483-6888 or e-mailing [email protected]. Registration online is also available through the website at www.peacefulresolution.org.
The tournament is a two-session, scramble format with a morning tee time of 8 a.m. and an afternoon tee time of 1:30 p.m. A complimentary continental breakfast, beverage cart, and lunch, as well as a variety of prize contests, are available: first-, second-, and third-place finishing teams, longest drive (men and women), Par 3 Closest to the Hole, Putting Contest, and a $5,000 cash hole-in-one prize. A free shirt for all golfers and numerous door prizes are included.
Community Mediation Services has worked with youth and families in Anderson County for 28 years, promoting the peaceful resolution of community conflicts, using community resources, the press release said. The organization’s four programs use trained volunteer mediators from the community. The newest program, School Attendance (Truancy) Mediation, is starting this year. Other programs are Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP); Visitation Mediation; and Teen/Parent Mediation. Mediators don’t take sides or make decisions, but do help people solve problems in ways that are decided and agreed upon by all. Studies show that agreements reached through mediation are more likely to be carried out than orders imposed by a judge.
“Come join us! Plan on a team or play as an individual!” the press release said. “You’ll have a wonderful time on the golf course, and you’ll be supporting a valuable community resource.”