VGCC Golf Tournament sets new record with more than $104,000 raised

Vance-Granville Community College’s 32nd annual Endowment Fund Golf Tournament, presented by Oxford-based Union Bank, hit a new record total by raising $104,160 to help fund scholarships for deserving students and support the mission of the college. That result surpassed the $100,318 generated in 2015, in what was previously the highest-grossing golf tournament in VGCC history.

A total of 168 golfers formed 42 teams to play in either the morning or the afternoon round on May 23, 2016, at Henderson Country Club.

“We are so appreciative of all the golfers and sponsors who demonstrated their generous support for education and made this our most successful tournament ever,” said VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams. “We especially want to thank Union Bank for continuing to partner with VGCC as our presenting sponsor,” added Dr. Williams. In 2015, the bank became the first-ever presenting sponsor for the tournament. “Since 1985, VGCC golf tournaments have now raised more than $750,000, making a significant difference in the lives of our students,” she said.

At the dinner held to round out the day, players received trophies as they also took home an assortment of door prizes and participated in a silent auction.

In the morning round, the team of David Thomas, Blair Thomas, Hal Finch and Kyle Holtzman took home the first-place trophy. Second place in the morning round went to Union Bank Team 2, consisting of Andrew Byrd, David Morgan, Gene Edmundson and John Burns, while Union Bank Team 1, consisting of Tony Murray, Thomas Combs, Amy Watts and Steven Brame, placed third.

In the afternoon round, the Carolina Commonwealth team, which included Kenny Abbott, Randy Hoyle, David Fairey and Mike Faulkner, finished in first place. The Vanco Outdoor Equipment team — Justin Wilkerson, Allen Ellis, Regina Ellis and Charlie Jones — came in second. Third place in the afternoon went to the Maria Parham Medical Center team of Anthony Kidd, Emilee Johnson, Randy Williams and Mike Rainey.

Andrew Byrd of Union Bank Team 2 took the longest-drive prize on Hole 1 in the morning round, while Roddy Drake of the AXA team had the longest drive in the afternoon.                

David Morgan of Union Bank Team 2 won the closest to the pin prize on Hole 11 in the morning, and   Peter Stengel of the Encore Technology/Winston International team 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 AXA Financial Advisors; CertainTeed; Coldwell Banker Advantage; Durham Coca-Cola Bottling Company; Glen Raven; Maria Parham Medical Center; Novozymes North America, Inc.; Private Wealth Management of N.C.; Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company; Toyota of Henderson; Union Bank; Vanco Outdoor Equipment; and Wester Insurance Agency.

Platinum sponsors were Altec; Bridgestone Bandag; Carolina Commonwealth; Granville Health System; HD Supply; Institutional Interiors; Inter Technologies Corporation; Kilian Engineering; M.R. Williams; Park Automation; Revlon; Robling Medical; Rose Oil Company; Sportrax; Universal Leaf; Vanco Outdoor Equipment; and Variety Wholesalers/Roses Stores.

Gold sponsors for the tournament were Encore Technology Group; Golden Skillet; Palziv; The Pegram Agency; and Winston International.

Green sponsors included 220 Seafood Restaurant; Ahner Security, Inc.; Backyard Retreat Pools & Spas; Barnett Real Properties, Inc.; Burger King; CEI; C & P Body Shop; Cleary & Spears, DDS, PA; Dr. Ben Currin; The Daily Dispatch; Greystone Concrete; Mast Drug Company; MPACT Solutions, LLC; NT – Techno; Prim Development & Residential Rentals; RFR Metal Fabrication; Southern Laundry; Robert Turner/Henderson Kiwanis Club; Wake Electric; and Dr. Stelfanie Williams.

Silver sponsors were AAA Gas & Appliance Company and Ted’s Catering Service.

Tee box sponsors were ARC3 Gases; Auto Connection; LaMar & Angela Ballentine-Shannon; Banzet, Thompson, & Styers, PLLC; Bearpond Fresh Market; Brame Specialty; Brassfield Realty; Carolina Country Snacks; Carolina Solar Energy; Dave Carver; Century 21 Country Knolls Realty, Inc.;  City Tire, Inc.; Clayton Homes; Alvin & Stacey Coley; Comfort Zone Designers; Cross & Currin, Attorneys at Law;     Dave, Kay and Alexandria Currin; Dabney Drive Animal Hospital; Drake Dentistry; EarlyFalsom Properties; Early Insurance Services, Inc.; Encore Technology Group; Eddie and Debra Ferguson;  Flowers Funeral Home; Focus Design Builders; Frazco, Inc. Insurance – Real Estate; Fred’s Towing & Transport, Inc.; Granville County Economic Development; Hight Warehouses; Hopper, Hicks, & Wrenn, PLLC; J. M. White Funeral Service; Medical Arts Pharmacy; Morton and Sherman Implement Co., Inc.;  Mosely Plumbing Company, Inc.; Marsha J. Nelson; Nick & Sons Truck Repair, Inc.; Northside Electronics; One Source Document Solutions; Pete Smith’s Tire and Quick Lube; Phillips Dorsey Thomas Waters & Brafford, P.A.; Professional Pharmacy-Oxford; REW Medical; Riggs-Harrod; Robco; Sam Royster, Attorney at Law; Sherman & Boddie, Inc.; Southern Educational Systems; Stainback, Satterwhite & Zollicoffer, PLLC; Ted’s Catering Service; Dennis Tharrington; Curtis and Joanne Thompson; Vance Construction Company; The Vanguard Deans; Vescom America; VGCC Communications Department; VGCC South Campus; VGCC Welding Department; Waste Industries; Watkins Plumbing; Whitco Bug Warriors; William L. Stark and Company; and WOW Wash on Wheels.

The following individuals and businesses made contributions or other gifts to support the tournament: Ace Hardware, Oxford; The Angus Barn; Dr. Angela Ballentine; Bamboo Garden; Betty B’s; Carolina Country Snacks; Chick-fil-A; City Tire; Dell, Inc.; Denny’s; Fishing Creek Nursery; Golden Corral;    Golden Skillet; Barbara Harris; Harvest Restaurant; Henderson Country Club; House of Ribeyes, Oxford;     Bob Hubbard; Institutional Interiors Inc.; International Paper; John Price, Main Street Market; Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse; Mars Pet Care; Nan’s Young Fashions, Inc.; One Source Document    Solutions; The Peanut Roaster; Pizza Hut; Ribeyes, Henderson; Rose Oil Company; Schewels Furniture Company; Southern Laundry; Staffmark; Stella & Dot, Michelle Burgess; Stovall’s Gifts; Sunrise Biscuits, Oxford; Tarheel Vending and Wholesale; Tidal Wave; USGA; Vance Furniture; Vanco Outdoor Equipment; Variety Wholesalers/Roses Stores; WalMart Distribution Center; Robert Winston; Jim Beck; Carefusion; Circuit Tech; Jim Crawford; Buddy Finch; Hallmark, Bobby Tippett; Joe and Betty Hamme; HG Reynolds; K-Flex USA; John K. Nelms; Newton Instrument Company; Tom Robinson; and Tru-Green Lawn and Landscaping.

Each year, the golf tournament is the major fundraising event for the VGCC Endowment Fund, through which more than 8,500 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.