The excitement is building for the East Kentucky Energy’s inaugural season in the ABA. But the excitement extends beyond the basketball court.
On July 7, the East Kentucky Energy Mountaintop Golf Classic will be played at StoneCrest Golf Course in Prestonsburg with more than 100 golfers taking a shot at winning a new Camaro Super Sport and a trip to Hawaii.
The Camaro, sponsored by Music Carter Chevrolet in Prestonsburg, will be awarded to any amateur golfer who hits a hole-in-one on the par-3 hole No. 17.
“We hope one of our fans drives away from the tournament in a brand-new Camaro,” said Energy co-founder Tom Hamilton. “This is going to be a great tournament. StoneCrest is a wonderful golf course and we’re going to have some great golfers taking part. We’ve got great prizes and we’d love to give away each and every one of them.”
A hole-in-one at the par-3 hole No. 5 will win a six-day, five-night escape at the exclusive Makena Beach and Golf Resort on the island of Maui in Hawaii. The Makena Beach and Golf Resort is secluded on 1,800 acres between a white sand beach and Mount Haleakala. The Makena Golf Course offers sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. The vacation is valued at more than $2,000.
A hole-in-one prize will be offered on each of StoneCrest’s four par-3 holes. Along with the Camaro and Hawaiian vacation, a hole-in-one on hole No. 8 will see the winner take home a Callaway Diablo Edge Driver and set of fairway woods, 1,3, 5, valued at more than $700.
An ace on hole No. 11 will win an Escort Drive Smarter prize package which includes an Escort Passport 9500 radar detector valued at $500, as well as an Escort SmartMirror, which offers all the features of GPS navigation, a backup camera and bluetooth all packaged on your rearview mirror, valued at $800.
On hole No. 11 golfers will also have the opportunity to text their entry into a sweepstakes which will see a winner drawn every month to receive a new Callaway driver.
“The 2010 Camaro SS is valued at more than $34,000 alone,” said Energy co-founder Jerry Boggs. “In all the prizes available approach nearly $40,000.
“We’re going to have more than 100 golfers taking shots at these prizes and we’re rooting for them to win them all.”
The golfers will also receive a free golf towel from presenting sponsors Friends of Coal and Coal Operators and Associates with the Friends of Coal and East Kentucky Energy logos, a T-shirt from FACES of Coal and other free items from businesses around the region.
Golfers will also have an opportunity to win prizes for longest drive and closest to the pin.
“We believe this will be one of the best golf tournaments in the area,” said Hamilton. “We’ve got some great prizes and lots of gifts for the golfers. It’s going to be a lot of fun.
“And we’re out here to promote the Energy and spread the word of what an exciting team we’re going to put on the floor in December,” Hamilton continued. “We’ve got five talented players on the roster and some great individuals working with us to make this a success.”
The Energy’s first signee, Kentucky Mr. Basketball J.R. VanHoose has been joined by Pikeville College standouts Jarell Jones and Daniel Price, the defending ABA Defensive Player of the Year, Neil Rasnake from Council, Va., and Sandrell Spann, who played at Delta State.
The Energy also announced John Kitchen, Pikeville College’s all-time assist leader and former assistant coach, has joined the organization at Vice President for Marketing and Player Development.
“The key to our success is to ensure that we’re surrounding ourselves with talented, successful people,” said Boggs. “We’ve done that with John and the players we have under contract. All these guys are successful, hard workers and great people on and off the court.”
The Energy is an expansion team in the American Basketball Association, and will play in Pikeville in 2010-2011.