SANFORD — Almost 200 golfers turned out for the biggest and best yet Golf Classic fundraising tournament sponsored by the Central Carolina Community College Foundation.
The 21st annual event, held Sept. 22 at Quail Ridge Golf Course, has raised more than $40,000 so far, with donations still coming in. In the last five years, more than $150,000 has been raised by the tournament.
The funds are used primarily for scholarships for students at the college’s campuses and centers in Chatham, Harnett and Lee counties as well as those taking classes by distance education. The money also helps to sponsor summer technology camps for community youth and faculty training.
“This is definitely the best tournament we’ve ever had,” said Phil Bradley, of Sanford, who has headed the foundation’s golf committee since the event began in 1989. “We couldn’t do it without all our sponsors, volunteers and those who participate. We particularly want to thank The Pantry, Inc./Kangaroo Express for being our major sponsor this year, the first one we’ve had in the tournament’s history.”
A total of 188 players hit the links in foursomes, playing in Superball/Captain’s Choice tournaments in the morning or afternoon.
“My foursome from Chatham County had a great time playing, even though we didn’t win” said Bill Milholen, of Siler City. “We know that the big winners are the CCCC Foundation and the deserving students that will benefit through scholarships and financial assistance from the money raised.”
Golfer Bobby Womble, of Lillington, said he has played in the tournament for many years.
“I do it to help the students and to support the college,” he said. “The college is a wonderful organization.”
The winning teams in the tournament were:
First Place —Jonathan Blackard, Brandon Honeycutt, Craig Sturdivant and Keith Thomas, sponsored by Tramway Veneers, of Sanford;
Second Place — David Caplan, Don Marks, Brian McRae and Ed Van Orden, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance, of Sanford; and,
Third Place —Doug Gay, Joey Weeks and Ryan Weeks, sponsored by Crescent State Bank, of Sanford.
First Place —Anthony Kremer, Joe Trageser, Paul Trageser and Bo White, sponsored by Perfection Equipment Co., of Siler City;
Second Place —Jimmy Martin, Cliff Stephens, Ginny Stephens and Jerry Stephens, sponsored by Waste Management, of Fayetteville; and,
Third Place — John Dixon, Dwight Edmonds, Makenzie McCormick and Randy Staats, sponsored by J.D. Consultants, of Sanford.
First Place —Jerod Cohen, Jeff Inman, Keith Johnson, and Hampton Johnson, sponsored by Snipes Insurance, of Dunn;
Second Place —Steve Cicogna, Gene Garner, Stephen Taylor, and Tom Thompson, sponsored by Progress Energy, of Chatham and Lee;
Third Place —Phillip Chappell, Chuck Connolly, Josh Dodson, and Doc Oldham, sponsored by Capital Bank, of Sanford.
Other morning winners were: Closest to Pin: #3 — David Caplan, #7 — Randy Evans, #11— Dan Tyndall, and #13 — Brian Clark; Longest Drive — Hugh Surles; and Putting Contest — Tim Goodwin.
First Place — David Foushee, John Hockaday, John Johnson and Robin Williams, sponsored by First Bank, of Sanford;
Second Place —Chet Chester, Junior Cole, Dave Glabicki and Kel Normann, sponsored by Normann Financial Group, of Sanford; and,
Third Place — Jeff Beal, Paul Gay, Bobby Powell and Jack Radley, sponsored by Bobby and Linda Powell, of Sanford.
First Place — John Crumpton, Bob Heuts, John McLaughlin and George Sharpe, sponsored by Lee Co EDC, of Sanford;
Second Place — Ken Britton, James Cotton, Michael Daly and Jessica Hauser, sponsored by Sanford Health & Rehabilitation, of Sanford; and,
Third Place —David Goins, Ron Jenkins, John Stanley, and Thurman Tart, sponsored by Ron’s Barn, of Coats and Sanford.
First Place — Mike Chapman, David Stout, Nick Thornsbury and Chris White, sponsored by Barnhill Contracting, of Raleigh;
Second Place —Mikeal Basinger, Carmen Cavada, Tommy Clark and Bud Jennings, sponsored by Cartridge Club, of Apex and Sanford; and,
Third Place — Brian Davis, Richard Gallaway, Chuck McCarthy and Brian Pienta, sponsored by Imperial Freezer Services, of Sanford.
Other afternoon winners were: Closest to Pin: #3— Jonathan Blackard, #7 — Terri Tart, #11 — Chet Chester, and #13 — Kel Normann; Longest Drive — Jonathan Blackard; and Putting Contest — Chet Chester.
The CCCC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization affiliated with, but independent of, the college. It receives donations of money and equipment on behalf of CCCC and uses them to promote the educational mission of the college and assist students through scholarships and grants. For information on establishing endowed scholarships or other naming opportunities, contact Glover at (919) 718-7231 or firstname.lastname@example.org