Chuck Taylor Classic Nets $10K for MT Baseball

June 5, 2002 · MT Media Relations
Baseball coach Steve Peterson isn't a golfer, he's a fisherman. In fact, its safe to say that there may only be one day a year that you'll find the veteran Blue Raider skipper around the links - the day of the annual Chuck Taylor Golf Classic.

This year's event was held on Tuesday, June 4, and was once again a premier event for the Blue Raider baseball program.

The Chuck Taylor tournament is named for the former Blue Raider and major leaguer and is played to benefit Blue Raider baseball, which is Peterson's self-described favorite "charity."

The 2002 edition of the tournament proved to be the biggest in the history of the event. The proceeds for the tournament are expected to eclipse the $10,000 mark when the final tally is recorded later in the week.

This year's event, which was held at Indian Hills Golf Club, drew over 100 players and was attended by a who's who of the Murfreesboro community. Sighted at the events were corporate managers, high school baseball coaches, media members, and members of the Blue Raider athletic department.

"I certainly want to take the opportunity to thank everyone that attended the tournament this year," said Peterson. "It wouldn't be nearly this successful without the help of Chuck Taylor and his family and our tournament director Tommy Wheeler. There are so many other people that worked behind the scenes to pull this thing off I couldn't possibly name them all. I am really grateful for those people that have give their time and effort to support Middle Tennessee baseball."

Aside from the players themselves, a large number of local businesses chipped in with hole sponsorships, prizes, giveaways, and other amenities that make the Chuck Taylor Classic one of the premier golf outings in Rutherford County.

"We have worked really hard to continue to grow this tournament," Peterson said. "As a matter of fact, I am already looking forward to getting started on next year's outing. I think the best is yet to come as far as this golf tournament is concerned. I hope that next year's tournament will be even bigger. I want to have to worry about where we're going to put everyone on the golf course."

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