Local golf tournament scores $6000 for Alzheimer's Association

August 27, 2018

In effort to continue a 37-year golf tradition, a local group banded together to form the Mountain State Golf Classic.

Formerly known as the Beckley Newspapers Golf Classic, the newly formed golf tournament recently raised $6,000 to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. 

Roughly 100 golfers and 39 sponsors made the event possible, said Ryan Neal, co-owner of Beef Jerky Outlet and the director of the tournament. 

"It truly was a community wide effort to put this together," Neal said. "It was wonderful."

Nicole Nesmith, walk coordinator with the Alzheimer's Association, said the participants and sponsors have greatly helped families in the area who are struggling with Alzheimer's.

"This funding will help us provide different programs and services, such as workshops, one-on-one consultations, and a 24-7 hotline," Nesmith said. "Fundraising allows us to offer these services at no charge to families."

Matt Roberts, CEO of Raleigh General Hospital, said the event was a great way to give back to the community. 

"The Alzheimer's Association is a local charity that does an incredible amount of good," Roberts said. "Nearly everyone is impacted by Alzheimer's in some way." 

Nesmith said there are approximately 38,000 West Virginians with the disease.

Several of the event sponsors included Beef Jerky Outlet, Jan-Care, L&S Toyota, United Bank and Raleigh General Hospital. The event was held July 28-30 at Grandview Country Club, Glade Springs Stone Haven Course and Glade Springs Cobb Course. 

The team is already brainstorming ways to improve next year. For more information, visit Mountain State Golf Classic on Facebook. 

By Wendy Holdren, The Register Herald