Golfers' Challenge Nets $30,000
Bluefield College recently hosted its 11th Annual Golfers’ Challenge at Pipestem State Park and Resort, and local golf enthusiasts who participated and supported the project helped the school earn nearly $30,000 for student-athletes.
October 4, 2012
Bluefield College Golfers' Challenge first place team winner Citizens Building Supply and its four-member team of Johnny Brown, Darrell Brown, Ricky Brown and Josh Vance.
Seventeen teams sponsored by local individuals, organizations, and businesses competed in the captain’s choice scramble, and prizes were awarded to the top three scoring teams, including first place to Citizens Building Supply and Home Center and its four-member team of Johnny Brown, Darrell Brown, Ricky Brown and Josh Vance.
Second place went to McDonald’s of Tazewell and the four members who made up that team: Shawn Anders, Brian Blevins, Michael Evans and William Hammer. Ramey’s of Princeton won third place with the foursome of Bryan Cooper, Bo Garrett, Ed Jon Martin and Greg Mullins.
Individual awards were also presented during the Golfers’ Challenge to Lee Cole, who nailed the “longest drive,” and to Bryan Cooper, who hit a shot “closest to the pin.” Michael Evans won the “Green-O” prize.
Ramey Motors sponsored a hole-in-one chance to win a new car, and Outback Steakhouse of Princeton provided lunch for tournament participants.
In addition to first place Citizens Building Supply, second place McDonald’s of Tazewell and third place Ramey’s of Princeton, a host of other teams competed in the BC Challenge, thanks to the generosity of corporate and individual sponsors like Capitol Connections, BB&T, Blue Ridge Internal Medicine, La Fiesta, Karl Heilman, Hawg Pit, Adventure Radio, WVVA, Tara Shelley, Tammy Lynn Outdoor Advertising, The Nabors, Bandy-Cline and Associates, Clinch Valley Medical Center, and Pocahontas Land Corporation.
Individual players or supporters from the 14 remaining teams included Capitol Connections’ Mike Compton, Larry Slagle, Stacey Hairston and Phil Puckett; BB&T’s Larry Ratliff, Matt King, Randy King and Bill Evans; Blue Ridge Internal Medicine’s Michael Remines, Todd Smith, Don Meadows and Jamie Cecil; La Fiesta’s David Berry, Steve Robertson, Jo Berry and Daniel Berry; Karl Heilman’s Tom Stocks, Kevin Meadows and Karl Heilman; Hawg Pit’s Mike Hicks, Ted Collins, Junior Booth and Brent Vanary; Adventure Radio’s John West, Mike Grepiotis and Eric Robertson; WVVA’s Frank Brady, Greg Carter, Brad Zahar and Brian Walder; Tara Shelley’s Richard Morgan, Mark Shelley and Tara Shelley; Tammy Lynn Outdoor’s Bud Acken, Bill Cole, Lee Cole and Aaron Cadle, the Nabors’ Greg Kozera, Will Morefield and Josh Cline; Bandy-Cline and Associates’ David Cline, Jeffrey Cline, Sean Lester and Bill Hefflin; Clinch Valley Medical Center’s David Darden, Austin Wratchford, Robert Marrow and Scott Rinehardt; and Pocahontas Land’s Rob Pawlowski, Bud Clapp, Bruce Crickmer and Bob Wilkerson.
Other corporate sponsors who supported the Golfers’ Challenge, but did not field a team included American Block Company, Bland Street Auto, Bluefield Monument, Cole Chevrolet, Consol, the Shott Foundation, Chick-fil-A, Comfort Inn, New Graham Pharmacy, Quality Inn of Bluefield, West Virginia, Senator Phillip P. Puckett, the Jones Family Foundation, Rish Equipment, PW’s Hometown Bistro, Thompson and Litton, and TruPoint Bank.
Additional supporters included Advance Auto of Bluefield, Advance Auto of Christianburg, Advance Auto of Pounding Mill, Advance Auto of Tazewell, Advance Auto of Blacksburg, AllState Insurance of Bluefield Virginia, Army Navy Depot-City Cash and Pawn, AutoZone of Bluefield, Virginia, AutoZone of Christiansburg, AutoZone of Princeton, Barker’s Tire Pro, Blacksburg Auto Parts, Bland Street Auto, Blue Wolf, CarQuest Auto Parts, Cash-N-Pawn, Cole Chevrolet-Cadillac-GMC Rental, Cole Chevrolet-Cadillac-GMC Service, Curtis 1000, Draper Valley Golf Club, Estep Tire and Auto Center, First Century Bank, First Community Bank, Fountain Springs Golf Course, GoodyKoontz Drug Store, Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce, Green Acres Supply Center, Harvey’s Auto Parts, Princeton Hometown Service Center, Kidd Tire, Kimberly’s Greenhouse, Landmark Antique Mall, Loose Change, Lowe’s of Bluefield, Virginia, Lowes of Pounding Mill, Mercer County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Olive Garden of Christiansburg, O'Reilly Auto Parts, Precision Golf, Princeton Community Hospital Foundation, Summit Players, Wildnerness at the Smokies Waterpark Resort, Wolf Creek Golf and Country Club, Food City, Sam's Club, AutoZone of Radford, Cadle Shirt Company, Bill Cole Auto Mall, 3330 Artisian Water, Pipestem Resort, D.C. Designs, Best In Show, Tazewell County Country Club, Advance Auto of Roanoke, AutoZone of Roanoke, Advance Auto of Wytheville, AutoZone of Radford, AutoZone of Wytheville, Thompson and Litton, Castle Rock Golf and Recreation, The Peppermill, and Hardee’s of Bluefield.
“I always look forward to our tournament,” said Annette Tabor, BC’s associate vice president for advancement, who spearheads the Golfers’ Challenge. “It is a lot of work behind the scenes, but well worth the outcome. We had a great turnout this year, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. I even heard some getting their teams set for next year. Rob Harbaugh, proprietor of Outback and his team always end the day right with a fresh cooked grilled steak and chicken dinner.”