Vance-Granville Community College’s 31st annual Endowment Fund Golf Tournament, presented by Oxford-based Union Bank, generated $100,318 to help fund scholarships for deserving students and support the mission of the college. That result set a new record as the highest-grossing golf tournament in VGCC history, far surpassing the previous record of $51,000, set just last year.
A total of 164 golfers formed 41 teams to play in either the morning or the afternoon round on May 5, 2015, at Henderson Country Club.
“We greatly appreciate the support of all the golfers and sponsors who helped make this our most successful tournament ever,” said VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams. “We especially want to thank Union Bank for partnering with us as our first-ever presenting sponsor,” added Dr. Williams, who is a member of the board of directors of Union Bank.
“More than $650,000 has now been raised by the VGCC golf tournaments since 1985, because local community and business leaders recognize how important scholarships are to student success, and how important education and training are to the success of our region’s economy,” she said.
At the dinner held to round out the day, VGCC Criminal Justice student Adam Rooker of Norlina, a recipient of endowed scholarships, expressed thanks to those who participated in the tournament. Meanwhile, players took home an assortment of door prizes and participated in a silent auction.
In the morning round, the team of Kenny Abbott, Donald Seifert, Sr., Owen Tharrington and Buddy Thomas took home the first-place trophy. Second place in the morning round went to the team of Henry Murray, David Farey, Randy Hoyle and Rob Wallace, while the team of Bob Hubbard, Sr., Bob Hubbard, Jr., Mike Rainey and Steve Wright placed third.
In the afternoon round, the Institutional Interiors team, which included Mike Baskett, Macy Foster, Tim Hill and Billy T. Stanton, finished in first place. The Winston International team — Randy Hoyle, Bryan Rainey, Randy Weary and Robert Winston — came in second. Third place in the afternoon went to the Rose Oil team of Chip Watkins, George Watkins, Tripp Watkins and Chick Young.
Mike McKoon of the M.R. Williams team took the longest-drive prize on Hole 1 in the morning round, while Matt Woodlief had the longest drive in the afternoon. Steve Wright won the seniors’ longest-drive prize in the morning, and Macy Foster won that prize in the afternoon.
Henry Murray won the closest to the pin prize on Hole 11 in the morning, and Joseph Han took that honor in the afternoon round.
Numerous companies and individuals supported the VGCC tournament as sponsors. In addition to presenting sponsor Union Bank, the “Vanguard Sponsors” included Glen Raven, Inc., Coldwell Banker Advantage, CareFusion, Wester Insurance Agency, Maria Parham Medical Center, CertainTeed, Novozymes, Ardagh Group, AXA Advisors and Toyota of Henderson.
Platinum sponsors were HD Supply, Inter Technologies, Bridgestone Bandag, Altec, Carolina Commonwealth Forest Products, Durham Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Robling Medical, M.R. Williams, Circuit Technology, The Pegram Agency, CenturyLink, Variety Wholesalers, Private Wealth Management of NC, Park Automation & Training, Revlon and Rose Oil Company.
Gold sponsors for the tournament were Granville Health System, Institutional Interiors, Inc., Sportrax and Winston International.
Hole sponsors were 220 Seafood Restaurant; Alex Drake, DDS, PA; Auto Connection; Banzet, Thompson, & Styers, PLLC; Bowers and Burrows, Inc.; Brassfield Realty; C&P Body Shop, Inc.; Carolina Country Snacks; Carolina Quality; Carolina Solar Energy; CEI – The Digital Office; Century 21 Country Knolls Realty Inc.; CertainTeed; City Tire, Inc.; Comfort Zone Designers; Curtis and Joanne Thompson; Dave Carver; Dill Air Controls Products; Dr. Angela Ballentine; Dr. Ben Currin; Dr. Stelfanie Williams; Eddie and Debra Ferguson; Edmundson & Burnette, LLP; Encore Technology Group; Express Employment Professionals; Flowers Funeral Home; Focus Design Builders; Franklin County Farm Bureau Insurance; Frazco, Inc. Insurance – Real Estate; Golden Skillet; Granville County EDC; Greystone Concrete Products, Inc.; VGCC Health Sciences Program Heads; Henderson Wellness Center; Hight Warehouse; Holden Moss; Hopper, Hicks & Wrenn, PLLC; J.M. White Funeral Service; Kay Currin; K-FLEX USA; Lindsay Precast; Marsha J. Nelson; Mast Drug Co., Inc.; Morton & Sherman of Oxford; Farm-Lawn-Garden; Mosley Plumbing Company; MPACT Training; Nick & Sons Truck Repair, Inc.; One Source Document Solutions, Inc.; Oxford Dry Cleaners; Pacific Coast Feather Company; Park Automation, Inc.; Pete Smith’s Tire and Quick Lube; Phillips, Dorsey, Thomas, Waters & Brafford, P.A.; Pino’s; Prim Development & Residential Rentals; Private Wealth Management of NC; Professional Pharmacy – Oxford; REW Medical; Rick Edwards Electric; Robco Mfg. Inc./Alumadock; Henderson Kiwanis Club; Royster & Cross, LLP; Sherman & Boddie, Inc.; Skipper Forsyth’s Bar-B-Q; Southern Educational Systems; Southern Laundry; Stacey Carter-Coley; Stainback, Satterwhite, Zollicoffer, PLLC; Ted’s Catering; The Sunrock Group; The Vanguard Deans; Tru-Green Lawn and Landscaping; Vance Construction Company; Vescom; VGCC Communications Department; VGCC Franklin Campus; VGCC South Campus; VGCC Welding Department; W.W. Properties; Wake Electric; Whitco Termite and Pest Control; William L. Stark and Company; and WOW Wash on Wheels.
The following individuals and businesses made contributions or other gifts to support the tournament: Barnett Properties; Bill & Ruth Barnett; Brame Specialty Company; Dot’s Hallmark; Elaine Stem; H.G. Reynolds; Jim Crawford; Joe and Betty Hamme; John Nelms; K-FLEX USA; Mack Choplin; MPACT Training; Newton Instrument Company; RFR Metal Fabrication, Inc.; Ted’s Catering; Todd Wemyss; Tom Robinson; Tru-Green Lawn and Landscaping; Walmart Distribution Center; Ace Hardware of Oxford; Bamboo Garden; Bob Hubbard; Bridgestone Bandag; Carolina Country Snacks; Carolina Lanes Bowling; City Tire, Inc.; Cracker Barrel #343; Dell, Inc.; Denny’s; EZ Car Care Center; George’s of Oxford; Golden Corral; Golden Skillet; Harvest; Henderson Wellness Center; House of Ribeyes, Oxford; Ichibar Japanese Restaurant; Institutional Interiors Inc.; International Paper; Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse; Mayflower Seafood Restaurant; McConnell Golf, LLC; Michele Burgess; Milanos of Oxford; One Source Document Solutions; Pizza Hut of Henderson; Pizza Inn of Henderson; Ribeyes Steakhouse/Henderson; Schewels Furniture Company; Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q; Southern Laundry; Tarheel Vending and Wholesale; The Angus Barn; The Peanut Roaster; Toyota of Henderson; Vance Furniture; Vanco Equipment Services; and Variety Wholesalers/Roses Stores.
Each year, the golf tournament is the major fundraising event for the VGCC Endowment Fund, through which more than 8,000 scholarships have been awarded to students since 1982. Scholarships have been established by individuals, industries, businesses, civic groups, churches and the college’s faculty and staff. For more information, call (252) 738-3409.