WEST JEFFERSON — Despite a few consecutive days of poor weather, it was a bright a sunny day Saturday, April 27, for the 24th annual Carl and Pearl Hagel Memorial Golf Tournament at Mountain Aire golf Course. The curtain-raising tournament for the course’s seasonal year, this year’s event helped raise money for the NEST Alliance.

The tournament featured two tee-off times of 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. with more than 100 entrants between the two. Players also had a lunch time in between rounds which featured food from Smoky Mountain BBQ. The players were also able to enter a 50/50 raffle, win door prizes and participate in small challenges around the course.

The NEST Alliance is a Christian non-profit organization which seeks to help children in Ashe County through religious programs as well as provide a network of personal, material and financial resources. According to Michelle Dix, something the NEST Alliance is keen to do moving forward is turn Ashe County into a foster community. Dix said many children who enter the foster system end up leaving Ashe County because of it, while the NEST Alliance wants the county to have more foster families and people who are willing to support them.

Mark Hagel, the son of Carl and Pearl Hagel, said his parents would be very happy to see what a tournament named after them is doing. According to Hagle, they would love to see what the NEST Alliance is doing in Ashe County, and how a tournament in their name is helping their goals.

Two players had big wins on the course, Philip Keever and Kerry Lewis. Thanks to a hole-in-one on hole 16, Keever walked away with a five-day adventure cruise courtesy of Ashe County Ford, while Lewis won a free one-year membership to Mountain Aire after making par on hole 7.

Fundraising totals from the tournament were not available at presstime. This story will be updated at www.ashepostandtimes.com.

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