$100K raised for Knoxville youth in Rick Barnes Emerald Youth Golf Classic
UT’s basketball coach Rick Barnes was set to match all gifts up to $75K but instead wrote a check for $100,000.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Rick Barnes Emerald Youth Golf Classic hosted another sold-out tournament at Holston Hills Country Club on Monday.
The annual event is one of the organization’s three main fundraisers and is coming off a record year in 2021 when it raised $337,000 for Knoxville’s youth.
More than 160 golfers took to the links to help Emerald Youth’s cause. Those that couldn’t tee off this year still have a chance to make a difference with Emerald Youth’s online auction - open until 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Rick Barnes was set to match all gifts up to $75,000 but instead wrote a check for $100,000 when the total exceeded that amount Monday afternoon.
Tennessee basketball is coming off its first SEC Tournament title since 1979 and is riding a 17-game home win streak.
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