Vance-Granville Community College’s 28th annual Endowment Fund Benefit Golf Tournament generated approximately $33,250 from entry fees and from sponsors to help fund scholarships for deserving students at the college. That result set a new record as the highest-grossing golf tournament in VGCC history. A total of 120 players formed 30 teams to play in either the morning or the afternoon round on May 8, 2012 at Henderson Country Club.
“We greatly appreciate the support of all the golfers and business sponsors who made this our college’s most successful tournament ever,” said VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams. “This record demonstrates the commitment within our four-county communities to ensuring that more students achieve their educational goals. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, VGCC golf tournaments have raised a total of almost $500,000 since the first tournament was held in 1985.”
In the morning round, the team from Professional Striping & Seal Coating — Philip Shope, Grayson Casteen, Scott Bradsher and Charles Phelts — took home the first-place trophy. Second place in the morning round went to the team of Donald C. Seifert, Sr., Buddy Finch, Buddy Thomas and John Norwood, while the team of Mike Rainey, Steve Wright, Onnie Gore and Robert Hubbard placed third.
In the afternoon round, the Institutional Interiors team, including Tim Hill, Mike Baskett, Billy Stanton and Matt Williams, finished in first place. The Rose Oil team of Chip Watkins, George Watkins, Morgan Watkins and Chick Young came in second. Third place in the afternoon went to the Coca-Cola team of Kenny Abbott, David Fairey, Junior Manning and Lee Hight.
Scott Bradsher of the Professional Striping & Seal Coating team took the longest-drive prize in the morning round, while Karter Yutzy of the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company team had the longest drive in the afternoon. Donald C. Seifert, Sr. won the closest to the pin prize on Hole No. 9 in the morning, and Al Blalock of th e AXA/Drake team took that honor in the afternoon round. Steven Brame of the Granville Health System team was the winner of the 50/50 Putting Contest. He won $225, which was half of the accumulated $5 entry fees for that contest.
At the dinner held to round out the day, students Ruthie Davis of Warrenton and Jon M. Baumgardner of Oxford, who have each received endowed VGCC scholarships, expressed thanks to those who participated in the tournament. Players also took home an assortment of door prizes and participated in a silent auction.
Numerous companies and individuals supported the VGCC tournament as sponsors. AXA Financial Advisors of Chapel Hill and Glen Raven, Inc. of Norlina were the tournament’s corporate sponsors.
Platinum sponsors were Maria Parham Medical Center; Del-Jen, Inc. of Kittrell; Institutional Interiors, Inc. of Raleigh; Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company of Oxford; Durham Coca-Cola Bottling Company; Variety Wholesalers, Inc. of Henderson; Vulcan Materials of Henderson; CenturyLink of Wake Forest; Glen Raven Mills, Inc. of Norlina; Inter Technologies of Springfield, Va.; Keith and Stelfanie Williams; and The Farrington Foundation.
Gold sponsors for the tournament were Time Warner Cable Business Class; CSI Technology Outfitters of Easley, S.C.; Parker Hannifin Corporation of Creedmoor; Rose Oil Rose Mart Convenience Stores of Henderson; Winston International of Oxford; Sportrax of Henderson; The Daily Dispatch of Henderson; CEI of Raleigh; and Living Arts College of Raleigh.
Hole sponsors included Altec Industries, Inc.; Royster, Cross & Hensley, LLP; One Source Document Solutions, Inc.; CertainTeed; Toyota of Henderson; Phillips, Dorsey, Thomas, Waters & Brafford, P.A.; Medical Arts Pharmacy & Medical Supplies; City Tire, Inc.; May & Place CPA, PA; Frazco, Inc. Insurance – Real Estate; Mast Drug Company, Inc.; Express Employment Professionals; Golden Skillet; Ted’s Catering Service; Dr. Randy Parker; Dr. Angela Ballentine; Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company; Rose Oil Rose Mart Convenience Stores; Carolina Sunrock Group; M.R. Williams; Priveon, Inc.; The Peanut Roaster; William L. Stark and Company; Subway (on Dabney Drive, Henderson); Carver’s; Wester Realty & Insurance Agency, Inc.; Bridgestone Commercial Solutions; Skipper Forsyth’s Bar-B-Q and Vance-Granville Day Care Parents; Tripp Lite Power Protection; Coaching Is Not Just For Sports; Glenn and Jo Anna Jones; Brico Construction; Stainback, Satterwhite & Zollicoffer, PLLC; SLAIT Consulting; Keith and Stelfanie Williams; Farm Bureau Insurance of Warrenton; and Robinson Ferry Restaurant of Warrenton. Holes were also sponsored “In Honor of VGCC Administrative Assistants & Executive Assistants,” and “In Honor of VGCC Liaisons for Franklin, Granville, Vance & Warren Early College High Schools, including Directors and Students.”
The following individuals and businesses made in-kind contributions or other gifts to support the tournament: Charles Boyd, Inc.; Hubert L. Gooch, Jr.; Priveon, Inc.; Marsha J. Nelson; Ernest Thompson; Newton Instrument Company; Maria Bailey; John K. Nelms; Advance Auto Parts; AutoZone; Bamboo Garden; Brico Construction; Carolina Country Snacks; Carolina Lanes Bowling; Carquest Auto Parts; CDW-G; CEI; Cracker Barrel; The Daily Dispatch; Dell, Inc.; Dr. Angela Ballentine; Elaine Stem; Golden Corral; Golden Skillet; Granville Health System; Hardee’s of Henderson; Hardee’s of Warrenton; Institutional Interiors Inc.; Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse; Luihn Food Systems; Maria Parham Medical Center; Marketplace Cinema; Mayflower Seafood Restaurant; Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant; Napa Walker Auto Stores; One Source Document Solutions; O’Reilly Auto Parts; Revlon; Ribeyes Steakhouse of Henderson; Rose Gin & Supply Company; Ruby Tuesday; Schewels Furniture Company; Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q; StaffMark; The Angus Barn; The Lotus Lounge Spa; The Peanut Roaster; The Scarlet Rooster; Tractor Supply Company; Vance Furniture; Vanco Equipment Services; Vari ety Wholesalers/ Roses Stores; Wendy’s of Henderson; and Winston International.
Each year, the golf tournament is the major fundraising event for the VGCC Endowment Fund and Scholarship Program, through which more than 6,500 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.