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Don Nehlen Classic In Morgantown Supports Private School

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It's not every day you get to golf with West Virginia University football legend Don Nehlen.

So when you get the chance, plenty of players are going to come out, lace up the spikes, and hit the course.

"Today's Don Nehlen Classic, was our best yet. It was our 5th Don Nehlen Classic, the money we raised for the ranch, the exposure we got… and the weather, and the prizes we donated, it was our best yet," said Stephan Finn, director and founder of the Chestnut Mountain Ranch.

Just a few years ago, Chestnut Mountain Ranch was just an idea and plan of Stephen Finn's. Now it is a small, private-Christian school for boys sitting on 225 acres of land.

The ranch has been open for just over a year, and has taken plenty of fundraisers, donations and help to build. The Don Nehlen Classic has been one of them, this year raising between $15,000 and $20,000 for the school. 

This year's tournament was held at the Pines Country Club in Morgantown. Players got to enjoy a great day of golf, and even meet a Morgantown icon or two.

"I'm no good but I had fun, I had as much fun as the good golfers," said former Mountaineer coach Don Nehlen.

"Playing with this wonderful group is fantastic," said golfer Matt Scott, whose team was gracious enough to let me follow them around for a few holes. "We had a very large group today, all supporting this cause, playing along the likes of Don Nehlen and Jeff Hostetler has been great."

A non-profit school, Finn said the ranch does not spend money they do not have, relying on community support in every possible way.

"You know we have an awful lot of kids in this country that need alto of help, and that's as good a way to help as I can think of," said Nehlen.

Following their round, golfers got a chance to dine with the coach, and enjoy raffles and prizes.

Over 80 players competed, maintaining the tournament's great success.

"The guys who come and play, they love it," said Nehlen. "Because the fact everyone gets a gift. It's amazing Steve does a great job organizing the darn thing and I guarantee everyone that's here, will be back next year, and they need to bring a buddy."

On Sunday, May 20, the ranch is holding an open house from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The ranch is located just off the Kingwood Pike at 244 Ponderosa Ponds Road.

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