The Iredell County Schools Golf Tournament was born in the Spring of 1965. The original idea was hatched by four men who wanted to establish a way for employees of the system to come together and get to know each other outside of work. Dale McCurdy, who served as the Director of Driver's Education was the leader in getting the tournament started. Oscar Price, who served as the Director of Maintenance, T.Ray Gibbs, who served as Superintendent and Ralph Sinclair, who served as principal at Troutman High School joined McCurdy as founders of the golf tournament.
The first tournament was held at Twin Oaks Golf Course and was a two day individual best ball tournament exclusively for Iredell County Schools' employees only. The tournament was followed by a banquet which was held at different schools the evening of the tournament. Spouses and family members were invited to come enjoy this time of fellowship. Throughout the tournament's history the banquet has been hosted the most by East Iredell Elementary School. The winner of the first tournament was Dale Beck.
In the late 1980's the tournament was expanded to include immediate family members of Iredell County School employees. The expansion was in hopes to boost participation.
After the merger of Iredell County Schools and Statesville City Schools in 1991, the tournament increased in size.
In recent years, the tournament has continued to expand the player eligibility to include immediate family members and siblings of Iredell-Statesville School employees.
In 2002, a committee was formed to oversee the tournaments. The committee have now evolved the tournament into three flights: Championship Flight, First Flight, and a Mixed Flight.
To encourage participation from all, awards are given for the Longest Drives, and Closest to the Pins in categories for men, women, and seniors. We have incorporated two levels of senior tees. 60+: White Tees. 70+: Gold Tees. This has helped keep our seniors involved and very competitive in the tournament.
Today's tournament brings in anywhere from 100 to 120 participants and around 160 attendees to the banquet. We encourage and welcome others to get involved and participate in this year's events.