The 35th annual Music Row Ladies Golf Tournament (MRLGT) will be held on Monday, Aug. 15 at the Old Natchez Country Club in Nashville. The tournament’s proceeds will once again benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee (UCPMidTN).
The beloved fundraiser is one of Music Row’s longest-running charity events.
“The MRLGT is unlike any other golf tournament, in that you don’t have to know how to play to enter! It brings the women of Music Row together in a unique and fun setting, all while raising money for United Cerebral Palsy,” says former ASCAP executive Suzanne Lee, who has long been part of the MRLGT. “ASCAP has been a sponsor since the beginning. Connie Bradley heard about it, thought a tournament featuring only music industry women to support such a wonderful cause was a great idea, and wanted to become a founding sponsor of the event.”
The MRLGT is UCPMidTN’s single biggest annual fundraiser and the money raised is vital to the success of the organization’s mission. In 2021, the tournament raised over $100,000 for a grand total of $2.4 million raised in the tournament’s 35 year history.
Herky Williams, a MRLGT founder, shares, “What I am most proud of is the monies from our event going directly to people in need. We built 179 wheelchair ramps, supplied over 2,400 pieces of medical equipment to needy patients, and served 248 families just last year. We used to serve just Middle Tennessee, and now we serve the whole state of Tennessee. This makes me the proudest of anything I have ever been involved in.”
A tradition of the MRLGT is teams collaborating on themed costumes.
“The theme dressing of the foursomes every year continues to be a highlight of mine,” Williams says. “Each year, teams dress up according to the popular topics of the day. And the male caddies who participate help create a fun atmosphere to start the day, I remember Keith Urban in a skirt and wig one year. It was hilarious!”
Lee agrees, saying, “I always look forward to seeing the team costumes and believe me, there have been some seriously creative outfits through the years! In the early days of the tournament, we’d have a parade to show off the costumes, which was great fun. However, watching each year’s tournament make a difference in the services UCP provides is the best memory of all.”
Those interested in participating this year, please visit mrlgt.com. Registration for the tournament will open in late June, with more details to be announced soon.
For more information, or to become a sponsor or contributor, email MRLGTnash@gmail.com.