Vance-Granville Community College’s 34th annual Endowment Fund Golf Tournament hit a new record total by raising $125,000 to help fund scholarships for deserving students and support the mission of the college.
That result surpassed the $116,675 generated in 2017, 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 1 at Henderson Country Club.
“We are always so appreciative of the support from all of the golfers and sponsors who demonstrate their commitment to higher education and to economic development through this event,” said VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams. “Thanks to such strong community support, we again set a record, surpassing our previous fundraising record for the seventh consecutive year. Since 1985, VGCC golf tournaments have now raised nearly $1 million, with the current tournament bringing our total to $987,000 thus far. The impact on our students and our college is incredible.”
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. VGCC students Andrew Lynam of Youngsville in the Welding Technology program and Jeannie Adcock of Henderson in the Associate Degree Nursing program expressed their appreciation to tournament participants.
In the morning round, the team of Mark Heilman, Jeff Hoffner, Bill Oncea and Andy Archer of the CertainTeed team took home the “first net” trophy with a score of 54. The AAA team of Blair Thomas, David Thomas, Kyle Holtzman and Hal Finch won “second net” with a 57. The “first gross” trophy went to the team of Ben Bryan, Tony Murray, Mike Hill and Scott Dickerson, sponsored by Jesse Sullins, with a score of 52.
In the afternoon round, a second team sponsored by Sullins, which included George Foster, Jesse Sullins, Matthew Jones and Gary Bowman, finished with the “first net” score of 55, winning on a scorecard tie-breaker. The Charles Boyd Chevrolet team of Russell Boyd, Rusty Crocker, Mike Rainey and Jan Fletcher won “second net” with a 55. The “first gross” trophy in the afternoon went to the CenturyLink team of Chris Joyner, Steve Launder, Randy Gilmore and Mike Cook with a 52.
D.J. Matthews on the Vanco Outdoor Equipment team took the longest-drive prize on Hole 1 in the morning round, while Gary Bowman on the Jesse Sullins team had the longest drive in the afternoon.
Kevin Cox of the Palziv team won the closest to the pin prize on Hole 11 in the morning, and Gary Nethercutt of The Athlete’s Foot team took that honor in the afternoon round.
Numerous companies and individuals supported the VGCC tournament as sponsors. The morning round sponsor was CertainTeed of Oxford and the afternoon round was sponsored by Altec Industries of Creedmoor.
Other Premier sponsors included Bridgestone Bandag Tire; Carolina Commonwealth; Charles Boyd Chevrolet Buick GMC; Duke Energy; Durham Coca-Cola; First Citizens Bank Investor Services; Glen Raven, Inc.; Granville Health System; John Nelms, Jr.; Novozymes North America, Inc.; Private Wealth Management of North Carolina; Robling Medical; Rose Oil Company, Inc.; Union Bank; Universal Leaf North America U.S., Inc.; Vanco Outdoor Equipment; Linda Weaver; and Wester Insurance Agency.
The Platinum sponsors were The Athlete’s Foot; CenturyLink; Core & Main; Henderson Collegiate; Institutional Interiors, Inc.; K-Flex; Kilian Engineering; Maria Parham Health; MR Williams, Inc.; Park Automation, Inc.; and Variety Stores, Inc.
Gold sponsors were AAA Gas & Appliance Co.; Carolina Sunrock; CEI; Golden Skillet; Palziv; Ted’s Catering Service; and Winston International.
Green sponsors included Backyard Retreat; Barnett Real Properties, Inc.; Bearpond Fresh Market; Coldwell Banker Advantage; Dill Air Controls Products; Encore Tech; Greystone Concrete Products; HG Reynolds; JM White Funeral Services; Mast Drug Company; May & Place; MPACT Solutions, LLC; Nick & Sons Truck Repair; NT Techno; RFR Metal Fabrication; Vescom, North America; Wake Electric Membership Corp.; Watkins Plumbing; and Dr. Stelfanie Williams.
Tee Box sponsors were Ag Carolina Farm Credit; Ahner Security; Alex Drake, DDS, PA; Banzet, Thompson, Styers & May; Benchmark Community Bank; Brame Specialty; C&P Body Shop; Carolina Country Snacks; Stacey Carter-Coley; Dave Carver; Century 21 Country Knolls Realty, Inc.; Mack Choplin; City Tire, Inc.; Comfort Zone; Cross & Currin Attorneys; Dave and Kay Currin; Dabney Drive Animal Hospital; Encore Tech; Eddie and Debra Ferguson; Flowers Funeral Home; Frazco, Inc., Insurance – Real Estate; Fred’s Towing & Transport, Inc.; Granville County EDC; H&W Investments; Hall’s Floor Fashions, Inc.; Henderson-Vance EDC; Hight Warehouse; Hopper, Hicks, Wrenn, PLLC; Will Jakes-Edward Jones; Medical Arts Pharmacy; Morton and Sherman Implement Co., Inc.; Mosely Plumbing Company, Inc.; Marsha J. Nelson; One Source Document Solutions; Pete Smith’s Tire and Quick Lube; Phillips Dorsey Thomas Waters & Brafford, P.A.; Pino’s Italian Restaurant; Postal Plus Business Center; Professional Pharmacy; Reach Construction; Riggs-Harrod; Robco; Sherman & Boddie,Inc.; Southern Educational Systems; Southern Laundry; Sprinkle Properties; Stainback, Satterwhite & Zollicoffer, PLLC; Sunrise Biscuits of Oxford; Curtis and JoAnne Thompson; Vance Construction Company; Vance-Granville Deans; VGCC Communications Department; Whitco Bug Warriors; William L. Stark and Company; and WOW Wash on Wheels.
Other contributions were made by Ace Hardware of Oxford; ARC3 Gases; The Angus Barn; Bamboo Garden; B&R Properties & Development; Judge Henry and Mamie Banks; BB&T of Henderson; BB&T of Oxford; Jim Beck; Carolina Country Snacks; Chick-fil-A; Circuit Tech; City Tire; Cracker Barrel; Jim Crawford; Dr. Ben Currin; Dell Computer; George’s of Oxford; Joe Hamme; Harvest; Bob Hubbard; Ichibar Japanese Restaurant; Institutional Interiors Inc.; International Paper; Mako Medical Properties; John P. McConnell; Darryl Moss; Nan’s; Newton Instrument Company; The Peanut Roaster; Robinson Ferry; Schewels Furniture Company; Staffmark; Stella & Dot; Tarheel Vending and Wholesale; Ernest Thompson; Tidal Wave; Tru-Green Landscaping; US Foods; Vance Furniture; Vanco Outdoor Equipment; Variety Wholesalers/Roses Stores; VGCC Endowment Office; Mike Williams; Robert Winston and Moo Yancey.
Each year, the golf tournament is the major fundraising event for the VGCC Endowment Fund, through which more than 9,000 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.
The CertainTeed team of, from left, Mark Heilman, Jeff Hoffner, Bill Oncea and Andy Archer took home the “first net” trophy with a score of 54 in the morning round of the 34th Annual Vance-Granville Community College Endowment Fund Golf Tournament at the Henderson Country Club. (VGCC Photo)
More photos: Check out our photo album from the golf tournament on FlickrImage Information: Eddie Ferguson and Kay Currin of Vance-Granville Community College’s Office of the Endowment and VGCC President Dr. Stelfanie Williams celebrate the results of the 34th Annual Endowment Fund Golf Tournament at the Henderson Country Club with VGCC students Jeannie Adcock and Andrew Lynam. At a dinner after the tournament, the students voiced their appreciation to golfers and sponsors for support of college scholarships. From left are Ferguson, Currin, Adcock, Lynam and Dr. Williams. The total of $125,000 that was contributed represented an increase over the amount announced at the dinner after additional donations were received. (VGCC Photo)