Pardee Hospital Foundation’s 22nd Annual Tournament of Champions raises $75,000


Press release:

Pardee Hospital Foundation’s 22nd Annual Tournament of Champions golf tournament, held on Monday, May 8 at Kenmure Country Club, raised more than $75,000. Proceeds from golf tournament will benefit Pardee UNC Health Care’s MUSE Cardiology System. Participants played 18 holes of golf in either the morning or afternoon, followed by an awards ceremony and dinner in the evening. The winning team with the lowest overall gross score included Justin Blythe, Syd Blythe, Johnny Johnston and Derek Hawkins with a score of 52. Other award recipients include:

First place, lowest overall net score: Richard Rhodes, Tommy Tolles, Steve Wyatt and Patrick Pettit with a score of 50.
Second place, lowest overall net score: Ben Campen, McCray Benson and Curt Crowhurst with a score of 50.
Third place, lowest overall net score: Billy Nodine, Mark Page, Nathan Smith and Dylan Roberts with a score of 51.
Fourth place, lowest overall net score: TJ Gardner, Jason Denny, Gregg Owens and Steve Moore with a score of 51.
Longest drive, women: Martha Kilfoil
Longest drive, men: Matt Foster
Closest to pin: #5-Britt Lovin, #9-Terry Brock, #11-Greg Owens, #14-David Amsler
Top sponsors for the event included Pepsi-Cola, Hendersonville Health & Rehabilitation and The Lodge at Mills River.

Funds raised from this year’s tournament will support the expansion and enhancement of Pardee UNC Health Care’s MUSE Cardiology Data Management System. The MUSE System will enable providers to treat patients in a seamless and efficient manner by allowing patients to receive care from different facilities while having cardiac test results follow them electronically. This provides the patient’s physicians and caregivers the ability to make faster medical decisions without repeating unneeded tests.

Since 1996, the Tournament of Champions has raised more than $2 million to benefit Pardee UNC Health Care services, equipment and patient care.

“We are proud the Tournament of Champions — one of our most anticipated annual events — is able to provide for the purchase of such valuable and life-changing equipment,” said Kimerly Hinkelman, executive director of Pardee Hospital Foundation.

Pardee Memorial Hospital Foundation was approved as a nonprofit Foundation in January 1996. The Foundation exists to educate and inspire the community to support Pardee Hospital. Since its inception, the Foundation has generated more than $30 million in pledges and cash gifts for Pardee services. For more information, visit or call 828-233-2700.

Pardee UNC Health Care is a not-for-profit community hospital founded in 1953 and is managed by UNC Health Care. The hospital is licensed for 222 acute care beds. Pardee has several locations separate from the main campus, including a comprehensive physician practice network, two urgent care locations and five orthopedic clinics. For more information or to find a physician, visit pardeehospital.


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