DeKalb County’s Alabama and Auburn Alumni Associations will soon put their rivalry aside to raise money together at the annual Alabama-Auburn Shootout Golf Tournament at Terrapin Hill Country Club in Fort Payne.
“All the money that is raised is split between Alabama and Auburn alumni,” President of DeKalb County’s chapter of the Auburn Alumni Association Tommy Hicks said. “All of that money is designated for scholarship money for students in DeKalb County. Between the two groups over the last 30-plus years, we’ve raised more than half a million dollars for scholarships.”
Fans of both SEC schools will tee off with a shotgun start at noon on Aug. 24 and will wrap up play around 4 p.m.
Players will then be served dinner in the Terrapin Hills clubhouse while autographed memorabilia from both schools will be raffled off.
“It’s been a success ever since the first year we had it,” Treasurer of DeKalb County’s chapter of the Alabama Alumni Association Bob Thomas said. “We’ve had as many as 150 players before, and we’ve always gotten a lot of help from all of our sponsors. I think that both alumni associations doing the tournament together really helps bring more people out.”
Last year’s tournament raised more than $10,000 to be split by both alumni associations and helped fund dozens of scholarships to both universities.
“Both alumni groups got around $6,500 last year from the tournament,” Hicks said. “After all of our other events along with donations, we were able to award over 40 Auburn scholarships to DeKalb County students.”
Thomas said he believes that DeKalb County is the only area that hosts such a tournament involving alumni from both rival programs.
“As far as I know, I think DeKalb County is only place where there is a tournament like this,” Thomas said. “I know that in other areas they’ll have an Alabama-only or an Auburn-only tournament, but I believe we’re the only area that hosts one big tournament together and splits the money raised evenly.”
Tournament play will be in team-scramble format and it costs $60 per player to enter.
Players and teams interested in helping both alumni associations by entering the tournament can call Terrapin Hills Country Club at 256-845-4624 to sign up.