Pellissippi professor inspires students with golfing

by Caleb Souders

A teacher at Pellissippi State has inspired students and her own daughter through golf and other activities at schools throughout the country.

Cathy Clay, a professor at Pellissippi State, attended college in Virginia, and graduated at 22 with her master’s degree in psychology. She said, “My favorite courses were skill analysis, and motor learning. Golf mixed perfectly with my love for those, because it is a sport with lots of motor skill memorization.” She has taught several pro golf players but can not remember the names of them. Cathy emphasized on one particular point saying, “Golf is a sport that you have to start playing at age 12 if you would like to make it a career, otherwise you have no shot.”

Professor Clay also has a daughter that was an all conference golf player at Tennessee Tech University. Cathy taught her daughter growing up how to develop her swing, and also added, “She exceeded what I could teach her anymore, I had to find her a pro to work with, because her swing was really starting to develop into something special.”

Oddly enough, Cathy’s daughter’s first golf instructor was somebody that Cathy attended school with. Cathy told me, “He was a pro. We had motor learning and psychology classes together in school. I knew he would be the perfect teacher.” And he was the perfect teacher, as Cathy’s daughter won the Ohio Valley Conference championship while in her golf tenure at Tennessee Tech University.

Cathy has been teaching at Pellissippi State since 1993, and has inspired many students to take up golf as a hobby beyond her teaching. When I asked Cathy what her favorite thing about teaching golf and how long she plans on continuing to teach, she responded, “I enjoy teaching golf because I love seeing students improve and getting hooked on the game. It is very exciting to see their light bulb finally come on, so I plan to continue to teach golf even after I retire.”

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Pellissippi Foundation plans fundraisers

by Taylor Cash

Pellissippi’s upcoming fundraisers include a golf tournament and a concert.

The Arts at Pellissippi State will host a jazz and bluegrass concert in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. Admission to the performance is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted, said Peggy Wilson, executive director of the Pellissippi Foundation.

The “Swing Big for Students” golf tournament will be Tuesday, May 7 at the Egwani Farms golf course in Rockford. This is the ninth annual tournament, said Wilson, and has been very successful in providing support for the students of Pellissippi.

Registration for the tournament is $100 per person or $400 per team of four, and these fees include 18 holes of golf, golf cart, lunch and also prizes for participants.

All events and fundraisers held by Pellissippi State help provide the students with scholarships, new equipment and other items to help pave a better path for students and their educations, Wilson said.

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Golf Scramble

by Brittany Hawk

Student Life and Recreation will be holding a golf scramble next Friday, April 15 at noon at Centennial.

Sean Green explained, “The golf scramble is a tournament format where four team members take their shots and then they shoot from the next shot from the best out of four.”

Anyone can participate, however students and faculty that have paid their recreation fee are free. Anyonewho is not a student or faculty must pay 35 dollars at the golf course and then present their receipt.

There will be a shotgun start, which is where each team is selected to start off at different holes instead of everyone teeing off at the first hole.

Prizes for winners consist of free golf rounds, t-shirts and other prizes. There will also be other contests such as the longest drive challenge on a selected hole and the closest to the pin on another.

The teams will be divided into fours. You may gather your own team or sign up individually and be matched with a team.

To register go to the student recreation center. Once at the golf course, show your student ID. You must bring your own golf clubs.

The dress code for this event is khakis and a golf shirt. For more information, contact Sean Green, Jamaal Gary or Alex Sexton.

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Swing Big for Students Golf Tournament

By Corey Ogle

The sixth annual Swing Big for Students Golf Tournament is Tuesday, May 4, at Egwani Farms in Rockwood Tenn.

Pat Myers, tournament director, said the cost is $100 per player or $400 per team. Sponsorships are also available to purchase. Registration ends April 30.

“Tell people there are slots available,” said Myers.

The money not only goes towards helping Pellissippi, but this year a portion of the proceeds will create the Swing Big for Students Scholarship.

There are two sessions of 18 holes of golf. The “shotgun” session will go off at 8 a.m., followed by the second session at 1 p.m.

Myers said there will be prizes awarded for those who place first, second and third. Golf cart, driving range, snacks and lunch will be provided.

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Upcoming golf tournament

By Jacob Haskew

The Pellissippi State golf tournament will swing into action at the Centennial Golf Course on April 23.

The tournament will be a four person best ball scramble tournament said Dan Jones, director of Recreational and Intramural Sports.

Arrive no later than 12:30 p.m. to register the day of the tournament. Preregistration is available by signing up at the Student Recreation Center. There is no green fee for Pellissippi students.

Everyone is welcome to come out and play said Jones.

Russell Hill, who has played in the tournament two times, is looking forward to the upcoming event.

“It’s a ton of fun! Nothing beats free golf and not being in class,” said Hill.

Centennial Golf Course is located about 10 minutes away from the Pellissippi State main campus.

For more information, call Jones at (865)694-6576.

Friday, April 9th, 2010