The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

May 20, 2013

Elsie Pruett scholarship event set at White Oak


OAK HILL — The third annual Elsie Pruett Scholarship Golf Tournament and Auction will be held June 6 and 7 at White Oak Country Club.

Elsie Pruett is the wife of former Marshall University head coach Bob Pruett, a Beckley native.

All proceeds from the event will go to the Elsie Pruett Endowment Scholarship fund, providing scholarship for numerous MU student athletes. This event has raised over $50,000 in the past two years.

This year’s event is scheduled to be hosted by Coach Pruett and former NFL quarterback Chad Pennington. Other former Thundering Herd players, as well as current and former NFL players, will be announced.

The event kicks off with dinner on Thursday night. The cost is $50 per person.

There will be a social hour from 6 to 7 p.m., with dinner starting at 7 p.m. Photos and autographs will also be available. Dinner will be followed by drawings for door prizes and a live memorabilia auction. Other items include autographed player jerseys, footballs and memorabilia item signed by current and former players.

“We are very excited at the opportunity to have this event at White Oak again,” said Pruett. “It has been very successful the past two years and we are looking forward to spending time with some old friends and new ones as well.

“Not to mention, a great day of golf.”

Tee times for the scramble-style tournament on Friday are 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Cost is $500 per foursome, which includes lunch, refreshments and hole sponsor. Foursomes that register can play three holes with one of the players for an additional $100 per team. Photos and autographs will also be available for $5 per person.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three foursomes in both the morning and afternoon tee times, and multiple chances to win are available on course completions and raffle prizes.

A limited number of tee times and/or dinner seats are available. To make reservations, call 304-763-1487.

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White Oak Country Club was established in 1922 by the New River Company, the largest coal mining company in Fayette and Raleigh counties at the time, for its upper-level employees.

The New River Company had 12 large underground coal mines operating and employed approximately 12,000 miners.

In the mid-1990s, the scenic nine-hole golf course was opened to the general public.

The property also includes a driving range, pro shop, restaurant, lounge, banquet room and members-only swimming pool.