Date Posted: October 14, 2022
The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation recently hosted the Drive “Fore” Education Golf Tournament on October 6, 2022 at The Club at Shoal Creek in Griffin with 29 teams participating.
The Lauderdale style tournament was presented in partnership with Impact Office Interiors. Early estimates indicate that proceeds from the tournament will be in excess of $60,000 with that money going to support the needs of the College including student scholarships and campus expansion.
SCTC President Dr. Irvin Clark expressed gratitude on behalf of the College and thanked the golfers in attendance before the 10 a.m. shotgun start. Dr. Clark stated, “Your attendance here today shows your commitment to the mission and purpose of Southern Crescent Technical College, and we cannot thank you enough for supporting our students and helping to make their career dreams a reality. We take great pride in building strong students, strong careers, and strong communities, and your support is a vital part of the success of the College.”
Because of COVID-19, the SCTC Foundation elected to postpone all of its annual face-to-face fundraising events this calendar year and replaced these events with a golf tournament as a fun and safe outdoor alternative. The Drive “Fore” Education Invitational Golf Tournament was a phenomenal success, primarily due to the unwavering support of those who participated and those who so generously donated items for auction.
The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation expressed its great appreciation when Foundation Chair Jack Bowdoin stated, “The College deserves the very best we can offer in our support, and the communities have surely risen to the occasion with their attendance and their donations. We are very thankful for their generosity and the opportunities it affords the students of Southern Crescent Technical College.”
Tournament participants represented various business and industry partners from the College’s eight county service area.
Team 2 from Impact Office Interiors took home top honors with a score of 17 under par. McLeroy, Inc. placed second with a score of 16 under par; General Storage finished third with a score of 15 under par; ARI Packaging placed fourth with a score of 14 under par; and Team 2 of United Bank finished fifth with a score of 12 under par with their place determined by regression.
During the tournament, prizes were also given for Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive, and Putting Contest. Closest to the pin winners on Hole 4, Hole 9, Hole 11, and Hole 15 were Ken Gaskins, Chad Ebert, Ken Gaskins, and Chad Ebert respectively. Edward Folker won the men’s longest drive, Paula Butts won the ladies longest drive, and Greg Daniel won the seniors longest drive. The winner of the putting contest was Shane Stewart.
Barbara Jo Cook, Vice President for Advancement at Southern Crescent Technical College commented, “We were beyond thrilled with the participation and support we received for the Southern Crescent Technical College Drive “Fore” Education Invitational Golf Tournament. Team representation and tournament sponsorships covered each of the eight counties that we serve and the Foundation trustees were thrilled to host this tournament as a way to bring our external stakeholders together to support the needs of the College and our students.”
Tournament sponsors included the following:
Partner Sponsor: Impact Office Interiors
Eagle Sponsors: ARI Packaging and Norcom, Inc.
Birdie Sponsors: Aylo Health, Beacon Security, Bellamy Strickland, Central Georgia EMC, Chick-fil-A, Columns Fundraising, Coweta Fayette EMC, General Storage, Georgia Power, Henry County Development Authority, Jack Bowdoin, Jericho Design Group, McLeRoy,Inc., Odyssey Family Counseling, Piedmont Fayette Hospital, Piedmont Henty Hospital, Quad Graphics, Randolph Williams, Rinnai America Corporation, Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Southern Rivers Energy, Tom Gardner, Upson Regional Medical Center, and WellStar.
Hospitality Sponsor: United Bank
Driving Range Sponsors: Heritage Bank, Structor Group, Truist, and Walmart
Cart Sponsor: Nocwing
Hole-In-One Sponsor: Countryside Chevrolet Dodge Jeep Ram
Million Dollar Shootout: Griffin Exchange Club
Longest Drive Sponsor: Smith, Welch, Webb & White
Putting Sponsor: First National Bank
Putting Green Sponsor: Cooper Lighting
Closest to the Pin Sponsor: M & R Print Solutions
Hole Sponsors: Country Financial Insurance, SERVPRO, Snapping Shoals EMC, and Randolph Williams
Additionally, the tournament had 32 tee box sponsors from area businesses and individuals. Tee-box sponsors included: AJK – Abbott, Jordan & Koon; American Trailer Services; Bank of Monticello; Beck, Owen & Murray; Bennett International Group; CapSouth Partners; Drs. Irvin and Kudiratu Clark; Barbara Jo Cook; Conner-Westbury Funeral Home; Diversified Electronics; Driver Adams & Sharpe CPAs; Janice Moore-English; Kenneth English; Tom and Gail Gardner; Golden Star; Dr. Tom and Helen Grayson; Golf Rider; Hill’s Tire and Auto; Impact Workforce Solutions; Integrity Furniture and Cabinets; Colin and Beth Martin; Nichols, Cauley and Associates; Odyssey Family Counseling; Rotary Club of Griffin; Rubio and Sons Interiors; Smith and Sons Funeral Home-Monticello; Snider- Killingsworth Insurance; State Farm Insurance – Rita Johnson; Tatum Tree Care and Removal; The Southern Credit Union; Thomaston Prescription Shop; Thomaston-Upson County Development Authority
Bowdoin continued, “It was a wonderful turnout and an excellent tournament. A very special thank you goes to Todd Feltman, SCTC Foundation Trustee Emeritus for doing an outstanding job coordinating the tournament.”