KINGSPORT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Leadership Kingsport announces 5th Annual Dennis Phillips Golf Tournament

Kingsport Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on Sept. 24.

The Kingsport Chamber Leadership Kingsport program announced today the 5th annual golf tournament named in honor of former Kingsport Mayor Dennis Phillips.

The tournament tees off Monday, October 21, at Cattails at MeadowView.

Registration is 9 a.m. with tee time at 10 a.m.

The event and the Leadership Kingsport program is sponsored by HomeTrust Bank.

Proceeds from the event benefit Leadership Kingsport.

“Mayor Phillips has been an exemplary leader and has done so much for this community and he continues to do so,” Kingsport Chamber Executive Director of Operations and Leadership Programs Vanessa Bennett said. “We created this golf tournament a few years ago as another way to raise funds for this vital program. It is always a fun fall event and, though while not a golfer, Dennis will have a great time supporting a program that’s always been very important to him and this city.”

The format for the tournament will be a modified scramble. Each team will hit four tee shots. The best drive will be selected and players will then hit their second shots. Each player will then play his or her own ball for the remainder of the hole. The lowest individual score on the hole will then be recorded as the team score. To keep the pace of play going, each player is asked to pick up once he or she has reached a bogey count on the hole.

Team awards will be given as well as awards for hole competitions for longest drive, most accurate drive and closest to the pin.

Cost to enter is $400 per team, with four players per team.

Hole sponsorships are available for $150.

The Dennis Discount Package, which includes a team of four and a hole sponsorship, is $500.

To enter the 5th Annual Dennis Phillips Leadership Kingsport Golf Tournament or to sponsor a hole, call the Kingsport Chamber at 392-8820 or send an e-mail to Alisha Napier at


Your Kingsport Chamber’s Kingsport Leadership program includes three leadership opportunities, Leadership Kingsport, S.H.O.U.T.!® Youth Leadership and the Y.E.L.L.! Mayor’s Youth Council.

The mission of Leadership Kingsport, the adult leadership program, is to develop leaders who give life to community dreams.

The mission of S.H.O.U.T!® (Students Helping Others Understand Tomorrow) is to develop, in an interactive environment, the leadership skills and community awareness of selected high school sophomores and juniors.

Each program develops community individuals who desire to take an active leadership role in Kingsport. Team-building and leadership training skills as well as the importance of community trusteeship are all strongly enforced during the year to the class participants. Various community topics (Kingsport history; city, county and state government; economic development; workforce development; education; arts and culture; non-profits; healthcare; and community initiatives and projects; among others) are highlighted and promoted to each class throughout the year.

In addition, Leadership Kingsport creates Community Impact Projects (CIPs) with each class. CIPs are ideas and efforts that seek to improve the economic vitality and enhance the quality of life for the city.

The Y.E.L.L.! Mayor’s Youth Council is a group of teens that are selected as representatives who do outreach with their peers & community, youth advocacy work, and meet with city officials. The Mayor’s Youth Council will provide students the opportunity to develop leadership and citizenship skills while learning about city government. The Council is a chosen, diverse group of individuals that are ready to help make a difference. Representatives are sought from city schools, county schools and homeschooled students.

For more information on the Kingsport Leadership Programs, contact Vanessa Bennett at 423-392-8813 or

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