The Duane Miller Memorial Golf Tournament



Host organization Good Shepherd Episcopal Church of Hayesville, NC invites the area community to participate in the Duane Miller Memorial Golf Tournament to be held at Hayesville's The Ridges Country Club on September 30.  Activities begin at 11:00 a.m. with a golfer’s lunch and continue into the evening with a reception at 5:00 p.m. and dinner open to the community at 6:30 p.m.

An automotive engineer and executive whose career included time with Pontiac, Nissan and Volkswagen, Duane Miller was a man of character and faith, with a strong belief in the value of helping others.  Since moving to Hiawassee, Georgia, twenty years ago, Duane and his wife Jean have been loyal supporters of many charitable causes in the area.

Good Shepherd's priest Fr. Bill Breedlove says that the tournament "will be an occasion to recognize the legacy of service and charitable giving established by Duane and Jean, and to continue that legacy by raising funds to support local charities.  Good Shepherd Episcopal Church is honored to serve as tournament host."  

This year, tournament proceeds will benefit the Bethel-Guidry College Scholarship Fund.  This scholarship, a favorite of Duane’s, is awarded to a Towns or Clay county student who has demonstrated exceptional character and service to their community. This $2000 scholarship is named for Georgia Bethel and Turner Guidry who together served in the public school system and the community for more than sixty years.

The tournament fee registration is $100 for an individual golfer and includes lunch and dinner.  Golf is by shotgun start, best ball, 18-hole scramble with a variety of prizes awarded for putting, hole-in-one, longest drive, closest to pin, and lowest gross team score.  Golfers who wish to bring a companion to the dinner can purchase extra dinner tickets for only $30.

Those who are not golfers are invited to participate as event support volunteers.  Tournament co-chairman Kanute Rarey says “Great events depend on good people pitching in and working together to do a great job. Our volunteers do lots of simple tasks that add up to all the critical elements getting done for the tournament. Most jobs require no golf experience. We love our volunteers.” Co-chairman Jim Redmond added “This is a day of fun and a worthwhile community-wide effort. Those community folks who are interested in volunteering may call or email us at the contact information listed in this article.”

You may also support the tournament as a donor or sponsor.  Co-chairman, Jim Redmond emphasized that "Small and large sponsors are welcomed, with sponsorships starting at the $100 level up to $500." 

Kanute and Jim invite your sponsorship inquiries at the contact information below.  All donations and sponsorships are tax-deductible.  Make your check payable to “Good Shepherd Episcopal Church,” noting Miller Golf Tournament in the memo. Send it to Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 677, Hayesville, NC 28904. 

For more information about sponsorship opportunities and benefits, contact tournament co-chairmen Kanute Rarey at 502-525-7272 and Jim Redmond 248-425-0307 or