Teeing Off for Cancer Patients – Bill Williamson Memorial Golf Tournament 2018

Content provided by Les Fout, Ph.D. – Executive Director at Provision CARES Foundation.


The 4th Annual Bill Williamson Memorial Golf Tournament was held on Friday, June 15th at Avalon Golf & Country Club. Proceeds from the tournament benefit Provision CARES Foundation which serves more than 1,600 families battling cancer per year in East Tennessee.

The tournament had both morning and afternoon rounds, was completely sold out, and had more than 210 golfers.

Approximately $50,000 in net proceeds will be raised as a result of this great tournament.

In the morning round, Provision Healthcare won the first flight with a 22 under par.  The team was comprised of Ben Robison (Director of Medical Physics at Provision CARES Proton Therapy – Knoxville), Michael Bozeman (Vice President of Product Management at ProNova Solutions), Dean Douglass (Executive Director of Provision Health, Performance & Physical Therapy), and Chad Davis.

The second place team included three wonderful Provision supporters, Rudy Vranes, Larry Newman & Tom Zuraf along with Wes Franks from Provision Physical Therapy.

The afternoon round had a heated competition, and not just because of the mid-ninety degree temperature. There were many great scores posted with Big O Tires winning with an amazing 24 under par. With a 23 under par, second place belonged to Nick DeLaura (Manager of Provision Imaging) and three of his friends.

Heather Lynn Manfredda, who won the 2013 women’s long drive championship, participated on hole #18. Heather shared information about Provision CARES Foundation and asked the golfers to make a donation to support the cause.  Nearly $5,000 was raised from Heather’s effort on that hole. She hit some towering drives that left a short pitching wedge shot for the teams to hit on the green.

The tournament was presented by Peoples Home Equity. Other major sponsors were Cumulus Media Knoxville, ServistFirst Bank, Tennessee Cancer Specialists, Provision CARES Proton Therapy – Knoxville, Merit Construction, Shoffner, BESCO, and Trinity Benefit Advisors.

This annual event takes place on Father’s Day weekend to honor the late Bill Williamson who passed away from cancer on Father’s Day five years ago. The Williamson family partnered with Provision CARES Foundation to honor Bill, while also helping families currently battling cancer. To see pictures from the event, go to Provision CARES Foundation’s Facebook or Twitter pages. To learn how you can help this great organization, go to www.provisioncares.org.

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