Tee Up for WEC’s First Golf Tournament

Event to boost Operation Round Up's impact

Whether you’re a golfing pro or you just started putting around, you’re invited to hit the links at Wiregrass Electric Cooperative’s first golf tournament.

WEC’s Operation Round Up Charitable Golf Tournament will be a four-person scramble on Sept. 8 at the Highland Oaks Golf Course in Dothan, with a shotgun start at noon.

“Young and old, male or female — golfers of every skill level are welcome to take part in this incredible event,” says Brad Kimbro, WEC’s chief operating officer. “This is just another way that Wiregrass Electric is working to help better the communities we serve.”

Concern for Community

Since 2015, WEC’s Operation Round Up Charitable Foundation has benefited local communities. Through members’ generosity, the foundation annually provides more than 20 scholarships, fulfills dozens of emergency grant requests and donates to hospitals, first responder units and school programs.

About 85% of WEC’s members volunteer to round their monthly bills to the next-highest dollar. While the most any one member will contribute in a year is $12, the foundation collects more than $120,000 annually — which is then disbursed to worthy causes through grants, big and small.

The initiative is a testament to the generosity of co-op members. One of the primary goals of cooperatives is to work for the sustainable development of communities through policies and programs accepted by members.

“We’ve seen these grants making tremendous impacts in our communities over the years,” Kimbro says. “While many of these contributions are immediately beneficial to local residents, a lot of these dollars going back into the Wiregrass are paying dividends for future generations of the Wiregrass.”

Operation Round Up has handed out hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to local students and helped fund training and equipment for first responder agencies, playground equipment for local schools, hospital equipment at Southeast Health and emergency assistance to victims of local natural disasters, among other projects.

In addition, WEC began a partnership with WTVY for Silent Heroes of the Wiregrass, a program that provides money and recognition to unsung local organizations and individuals who help members of the community.

“Wiregrass Electric wants to help channel that momentum to take that impact a little further and better more lives — that’s why we’re excited to invite everyone to participate in the first ORU Charitable Golf Tournament,” Kimbro says.

Locally owned businesses and vendors are providing numerous door prizes for the event, in addition to cash prizes that will be awarded to the top three teams in net scoring and the team with the top overall gross scorer.

There will also be prizes for the longest drive, the closest shot to the pin and the winner of the bucket truck ball drop competition.

Event Info

When: September 8

Registration begins at 10 a.m. with lunch at 11 a.m. Shotgun start is at noon.

Where: Highland Oaks Golf Course, Dothan

Cost: $500 per 4-person team

How to register: Find the registration form on our website.

Email: email Bethany Retherford for more information.