Bluefield College Golfers' Challenge Nets $41,600 for Student-Athletes
Bluefield College recently hosted its Eighth Annual Alpha Natural Resources Golfers' Challenge at Pipestem State Park and Resort, and local golf enthusiasts who participated or supported the project helped the school earn more than $41,600 for student-athletes -- the highest gift total for a BC Golfers' Challenge since its inception in 2002.
September 9, 2009
Sixteen teams sponsored by local individuals, organizations, and businesses competed in the captain's choice scramble. Prizes were awarded to the first, second and third place team finishers.
First place honors for the Challenge went to Citizen's Building Supply and its four-member team of Johnny Brown, Anthony Catron, Mark Catron, and Ron Profitt.
Second place went to a team fielded by Carilion's Tazewell Community Hospital, comprised of players Elmer Able, Doe Duty, Jack Hawks, and Sparky Watson.
The third place prize went to a foursome comprised of individual supporters Bryan Cooper, Jerry Crewes, Jim Huffman, and Vic Sorrell.
In addition to first place Citizen's Building Supply, second place Carilion Tazewell Community Hospital, and the third place team captained by Bryan Cooper, a host of other teams competed in the BC Golfers' Challenge, thanks to the generosity of corporate sponsors like Alpha Natural Resources, BB&T, Cimarron Coach, David Bailey & Associates, First Sentinel Bank, McDonald's, New People's Bank, Richwood Golf Club, Skyway Outdoor Signs, Thompson & Litton, and WVVA-TV.
Individual players or supporters from the 13 remaining teams included Alpha Natural Resources' Dan Helton, Donnie Ratliff, Richard Settle, and Lewis Spicer; BB&T's Josh Cline, Bill Evans, Randy King, and Larry Ratliff; Cimarron Coach's Sarah Beamer, Annie Blair, Bryan Janovec, and Keith Janovec; David Bailey & Associates' David Bailey, Mike Davidson, Chip Hurley, and Larry Slagle; First Sentinel Bank's Junior Booth, Jeff Jesses, Matt Stull, and Matt Tiller; McDonalds' Mike Baker, Joe Barber, Doug McDaniel, and Neil Parcel; New Peoples Bank's Eddie Jennings, Gary Lawson, Charlie Paschall, and Johnny Poole; Richwood Golf's Raymond Mulkey, Bill Rich, Jim Smith, and Gene Wise; Skyway Outdoor Signs' Calvin Baker, Rod Hamblin, Preston Mathena, and Steve Nolley; Thompson & Litton's Joe Keatley, Jeff Murphy, David Olive , and Jim Thompson; WVVA-TV's Frank Brady, Lillian Brady, Casey Goetz, and P.J. Ziegler.; the foursome of individuals David Cline, Ed Laney, Bobby Lorton, and Bruce Shelton; and the foursome of individuals Richard Krull, David Kuchinski, Thomas Reid, and Gary Schroeder.
Other corporate sponsors who supported the Golfers' Challenge, but did not field a team, included Sam's Club; Outback Steakhouse of Princeton, West Virginia, who provided lunch for all participants; and Craig Nash Allstate Insurance, who supplied the chance for a brand new car as the hole-in-one prize. Alpha Natural Resources served as the exclusive corporate sponsor of the event.
Individual awards were presented during the Golfers' Challenge to Jim Smith, who nailed the "longest drive," and Junior Boothe, who hit "closest to the pin." In addition, Jim Huffman won both the 50/50 putting contest and the $200 cash drawing.
The $41,600 in proceeds before expenses from the Golfers' Challenge will go to help the BC Athletic Department with recruiting, travel, equipment, and other student-athlete needs.
"The community came out in full force once again to support us," said Annette Tabor, BC's director of major gifts, who spearheads the Golfers' Challenge. "I know it seems as though I am repeating myself every year, but we did it again -- we topped last year. Even with our economic times and less teams this year, we exceeded our goal. We are grateful for all who supported the event, whether through monetary gifts or gifts-in-kind. You are the reason we were successful."