|The Vince Gill Volunteer of the Year Award is annually given to a member of the Sneds Tour that embodies the giving spirit and commitment that Vince Gill has shown to various charities including junior golf. Many junior golfers dedicate their time and efforts to help volunteer for organizations in their respective hometowns and the Sneds Tour would like to annually recognize one of it’s members and honor them with this award. Vince Gill moved to Tennessee in 1983 in order to further his music career and became a chart and sales success later in the decade. It wasn’t long before Vince gained a reputation as an entertainer charities could count on for support. Besides hosting The Vinny, Vince has hosted the T.J. Martell Golf Tournament benefiting cancer and leukemia research, Belmont University’s music program and numerous other causes. Vince has received many awards to honor his commitments to various charities and organizations. Some of these include the 2001 naming of The First Tee facility in Nashville as the VinnyLinks, the 2003 PGA of America Distinguished Service Award, and in 2005 the Tennessee Golf Foundation inducted Vince as their 24th member of the Tennessee Golf Hall of Fame.|
2017 Vince Gill Volunteer of the Year
Meryl Castle (Mt. Juliet, TN)
From her nomination:
"Meryl always takes time to give back to the community by volunteering for several different organizations around Nashville. She spends most of her time at Second Harvest Food Bank and The First Tee of Middle Tennessee. At The First Tee, Meryl serves as a junior volunteer and demonstrates her love of golf by teaching kids the nine core values that the The First Tee embodies."
Meryl has also volunteered her time with the following organizations: Ronald McDonald House, Sole Hope, End Slavery TN, Farm to Families and stopping by local nursing homes.
Meryl is the oldest of four girls in her family and is a true role model for her three younger sisters (Kate, Molly, Sarah). All three sisters individually nominated Meryl for this award and mentioned how proud they were of her for volunteering for several organizations within the community.