• The first foursome to tee off at the Spruce Pine Golf Course in 1956 were, from left, the Rev. Billy Graham, course designer Ross Taylor, Dr. J. Rupert McGregor and Lee Fisher. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
    The first foursome to tee off at the Spruce Pine Golf Course in 1956 were, from left, the Rev. Billy Graham, course designer Ross Taylor, Dr. J. Rupert McGregor and Lee Fisher. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

First Founders Day Golf Tournament pays homage to course’s history, raises money

SPRUCE PINE – Spruce Pine First Baptist Church is hosting the first Founders Day Golf Tournament Saturday, Aug. 17, at Grassy Creek Golf and Country Club.

The Spruce Pine Golf Course began before World War II when a nine-hole course was built on what was then part of the S.T. Henry Dairy Farm on Grassy Creek. The first nine holes opened for play on Aug. 15, 1956, and nine new holes were added in 1962. The name was changed to the current Grassy Creek Golf & Country Club in the early 1970s.

The Founders Day Tournament will take place almost 63 years to the day since the Rev. Billy Graham, original course designer Ross Taylor, Dr. J. Rupert McGregor and Lee Fisher played the first round of golf in Spruce Pine, and tournament organizer Dr. Rocky Branch, the pastor of Spruce Pine First Baptist Church, says the tournament serves many purposes.

“The main reason for this tournament is taking the gospel to the golf course,” Branch said. “We also hope this event benefits the golf course, brings some notoriety to our local golf course and raises money for the two charities associated with it.”

The tournament is a fundraiser for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse. It begins Saturday, Aug. 17, with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start and will be played in a Texas Scramble team format with four flights. Cost is $75 per player, and lunch will be provided. 

Tournament sponsorships are available for $1,500 (gold), $1,000 (silver) or bronze ($750). Tax-deductible checks may be mailed to Spruce Pine FBC, 125 Tappan St., Spruce Pine, NC 28777. Call the church at 828-765-9411 to register or for more information.

The MItchell News

Mailing Address: PO Box 339 
Spruce Pine, NC 28777 
Phone: 828-765-7169
Fax: 828-765-1616