Golf News for Monday, April 4, 2005 | Charity

Golf House Tennessee selling golf-themed license plate

FRANKLIN, TN. – Golf House Tennessee is in the final four months of pre-selling the state’s first license plate with a golfing theme. The “Drive for 1,000” campaign will raise awareness with the state’s golfers and golf community as the deadline to sign up 1,000 pre-orders approaches June 30, 2005. To make the license plate a reality, an additional 800 plates need to be sold. The license plate’s design is in full color and features a golf scene and state flag-inspired golf ball.

Half of the proceeds from the sale of the license plate go directly to benefit junior golf. 60% of what's received from the net sales from the plate will go to the Tennessee Golf Foundation (a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation) and will be distributed to officially designated chapters of The First Tee youth development initiative in Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga (2 chapters), Knoxville and Smyrna.

The First Tee’s mission is to provide affordable access to golf and provide life skills instruction to youth. Many of the First Tee’s participants would not have access to the game, its positive values and life skills curriculum without this program. The remaining 40% will go to numerous junior golf programs administered by the Foundation including the Vince Gill Junior Tour, Golf In Schools program, support for numerous junior golf programs and scholarships to the Tennessee PGA Junior Golf Academy for deserving young people.

Each specialty license plate has an annual use fee of $35, in addition to a driver’s regular county registration tax. If a vehicle is currently registered when the specialty license plates are issued, the vehicle registration expiration date may need to be adjusted to correspond with the expiration of the special license plates. For an additional $35, drivers can customize their plates with 3-5 characters.

"This initiative will help raise a significant amount of revenue for several important junior golf and youth development initiatives across the state," said Steve Merrill, the Tennessee Golf Foundation's Director of Development, "plus you'll have a beautiful license plate on your vehicle that shows your friends and neighbors you support the game across Tennessee."

The state of Tennessee requires 1,000 pre-orders by June 30, 2005 to begin actual production of the plate. Payment for the plate must be received with the official mail-in order form or through online registration, both available at In the event that the Tennessee Golf Foundation does not reach the minimum order of 1,000 plates by June 30, 2005, a full refund will be given.