SCTC Foundation Drive “Fore” Education Golf Tournament a Success

Date Posted: November 4, 2020
Pictured L-R: Barbara Jo Cook, SCTC Vice President for Institutional Advancement; Team ARI – John Gordon Dixon, Gordon Dixon, Richard Dixon, Rob Dixon; Jack Bowdoin – SCTC Foundation Chair

October 28, 2020 – The Southern Crescent Technical College Foundation recently hosted the Drive “Fore” Education Golf Tournament on October 27, 2020 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 $50,000 with that money going to support the needs of the College including student scholarships and campus expansion.

SCTC President Dr. Alvetta Thomas expressed gratitude on behalf of the College and thanked the golfers in attendance before the 10 am shotgun start. Dr. Thomas 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 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 as well as leaders from the Technical College System of Georgia including Commissioner Greg Dozier, Chief of Staff Laura Boalch, Assistant Commissioner Neil Bitting, General Counsel Josh McKoon, and State Board Member Mark Hennessy.

The team from ARI took home top honors with a score of 16 under par. After a three-way tie for second place with a score of 15 under par, Henry County Development Authority, Quad Graphics, and United Bank finished in second, third, and fourth place respectively with their place determined by regression. Westbury Administrative Services finished in fifth place with a score of 12 under par.

During the tournament, prizes were also given for Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive.

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:

Eagle Sponsors: ARI, AT&T, Eagle’s Landing Health, and Norcom, Inc.

Birdie Sponsors: BB&T/Suntrust – Now Truist, Bellamy Strickland Automotive, Brightmoor Nursing Center, SCTC Foundation Trustee Jack Bowdoin, Caterpillar, Chick-fil-A, SCTC Foundation Trustee Tom Gardner, General Storage, Golden Star, Henry County Development Authority, Heritage Bank, Jones Petroleum, Southern Rivers Energy, Upson Regional Medical Center, Westbury Administrative Services, and SCTC Foundation Trustee Walter Smith.

Hospitality Sponsor: United Bank

Driving Range Sponsors: Georgia Banking Company, Georgia Power, Westbury Senior Care Pharmacy

Hole-In-One Sponsor: Countryside Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

Million Dollar Shootout Sponsor: Griffin Exchange Club

Cart Sponsor: Nocwing

Longest Drive Sponsor: Beacon Security

Putting Contest Sponsor: M&R Printing

Closest to the Pin Sponsor: First National Bank of Griffin

Chip and Putt Sponsor: Cooper Lighting Solutions

Additionally, the tournament had 42 tee box sponsors from area businesses and individuals. Tee-box sponsors included: Abbott, Jordan & Koon; Ameris Bank; Bank of Monticello; Beck, Owen & Murray; Bennett International Group; Central Georgia EMC; Barbara Jo Cook; Conner-Westbury Funeral Home; Driver Adams & Sharp CPAs; Fayette County Board of Education; General Storage; Dr. and Mrs. Tom Grayson; Merry Heath; Integrity Furniture Repair; Hill’s Tire Store; Impact Workforce Solutions; Piedmont Henry Hospital; Smith & Sons Funeral Home; Snapping Shoals EMS; The Southern Credit Union; Tatum Tree Care and Removal; Dr. Alvetta Thomas; Thomaston Prescription Shop; Thomaston-Upson County Industrial Development Authority; Walmart; Warner, Hooper & Ramsey, Attorneys at Law; Warren Epstein & Associates, Architects, Inc.; Web Mobile Fusion; and Wellstar Health.

Bowdoin continued, “It was a wonderful turnout and an excellent tournament. A very special thank you goes to Todd Feltman, SCTC Foundation Trustee Emeritus and Gail Gardner, Chair of the SCTC Foundation Resources Committee for doing an outstanding job coordinating the tournament.”