Fulmer Golf Classic back in swing

Tourney benefits Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley
Published: Apr. 15, 2021 at 11:57 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The 21st Annual Phillip Fulmer Golf Classic presented by FirstBank will be held on Friday, April 23, 2021 at Avalon Country Club. It is located at 700 Turnberry Circle in Lenoir City. The event benefits the non-profit Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley.

The tournament has 36 four-man teams which will have a shotgun start at 10:00 am. All golfers will have a commemorative photo made with Phillip Fulmer, former University of Tennessee Athletic Director and football coach and his celebrity guest VFL Bruce Wilkerson. All teams are sold out, but there are some hole sponsorship’s for $1,000 and tee sponsorship’s for $500 still available. Contact Bridget Jones at 865-232-1172 to purchase one.

Wilkerson was an offensive tackle on the University of Tennessee football team from 1983 to 1986. He played for head coach John Majors and his offensive line coach was Phillip Fulmer during that time. He was on the 1985 SEC Championship team and was named to the All-SEC teams in 1985 and 1986. In 1987, he was drafted by the NFL Los Angeles Raiders where he played tackle for eight years. Wilkerson was on the inaugural Jacksonville Jaguars team in 1985, before joining the Green Bay Packers in 1996. They won Super Bowl XXXI in 1997 and he retired in 1998.

You can also support the Boys and Girls Club by participating in the online auction now until it closes on Friday, April 23rd at 5:00 pm. Visit to view the auction items that are available. Some of the priceless auction items include the Lexus National Champions Charity Golf event at Pebble Beach for two people, a Disney VIP Front of the Line package for six people with hotel accommodations, and a Home Depot Summer Gardening Package valued at $6,000. “We are excited to have the support of the community for this fun golf event,” said Bart McFadden, CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs. “I want to thank Coach Fulmer for his 21 years of helping us accomplish our goals and making this tourney such a success.”

Since 2000, the event has raised $1.5 million for the Boys and Girls Clubs. During the COVID pandemic, the clubs have also expanded their hours to accommodate the schedules of parents who are essential workers. All proceeds benefit the twenty Boys and Girls Clubs in Knox, Anderson, Blount, and Loudon Counties which serves over 7,000 members, ages 5 to 17 years old in grades K through 12. The clubs offer a wide array of programs that help children achieve academic success, live healthy lifestyles, and develop good character and citizenship. To make a donation or for more information about the event visit

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