The 21st Annual Woltz-Harold SCC Foundation Golf Tournament held recently drew 232 golfers to enojyed 18 holes of the sport at Cross Creek Country Club.
The tournament, named in memory of college advocates Pat Woltz and Bobby Harold, also brought a certain milestone into focus — over the previous 20 years the event had netted $920,000 for student scholarships. Organizers wanted to cross the cumulative million-dollar mark this time around, even naming the day’s theme “Swinging for a Million.”
While most people on a golf course want to keep the numbers as low as possible, the golfers and sponsers did push the event’s 20-year fundraising total over the million-dollar mark.
“The golf committee had worked diligently since November enlisting individual, business and corporate sponsors who in many cases increased their level of sponsorship to ensure the goal was met,” the foundation said in a written statement. “Supporters came from as far away as Maryland and Florida. John Alvarez, a friend and long-time business associate of Bobby Harold, traveled from Ocala, Florida and sponsored meals for the event.”
Lead sponsors were Woltz and Associates of Roanoke, Virginia; H&W Trucking, Mount Airy and Dr. and Mrs. Jim Harrell of Elkin. Eagle sponsors included WLA Inc. Cooke Trucking, Harris Leather and Silverworks, Sowers Construction, Carolina Mutual Insurance, iSurity, Utility Trailer Sales, and First Citizens Bank. Birdie sponsors were Faw, Folger, Johnson, P.C., F. Rees Company, Morgan Stanley, Surrey Bank & Trust, Thermo King Central Carolinas, and W.R. Vernon Produce Co.
Hole-in-One sponsors were Mount Airy Toyota, Price Power Equipment of Elkin, and Bray’s Recapping of Mount Airy.
The day’s activities culminated with a celebratory meal complete with bluegrass music provided by the South Carolina Broadcasters. Golfers and guests enjoyed a delicious dinner which was highlighted by a toast of Surry Cellar’s award winning sparkling wine to mark the Million. Jerry Venable, chairman of the Golf Committee, served as master of ceremonies. Dr. David Shockley, college president, shared the importance of the event to the success of Surry students who receive scholarships in the name of the winning teams.
Tournament committee members were Susan Harold Thomas, Jerry Venable, Gary Harold, Dr. Swanson Richards, Peggy Rees, and Alice Connolly with College employees Marion Venable, Becky Money and Dr. David Shockley. Numbers of volunteers including College students, ambassadors, employees and retirees along with State Employee Credit Union employees carried out important tasks essential to the success of the tournament.
Tournament morning round winners were: 1st Place Pebble Beach Flight Carolina Mutual Insurance and 2nd Place Thermo King; 1st Place St. Andrews Flight, Golding Transport and 2nd Place Central Continuing Care; 1st Place Cross Creek Flight, Piedmont Insurance and 2nd Rogers Realty. Afternoon round winners were: 1st place Pebble Beach Flight, Shockley Team and 2nd Place W.R. Vernon Produce; 1st Place St. Andrews, Carolina CAT and 2nd Place Scenic Motors; and 1st Place Cross Creek, Carolina Farm Credit and 2nd Place Piedmont Peterbilt. Longest Drives for the day went to Eric Crisp, Golding Transport; Alyssa Cox, Carport Central and Will Shepherd, Surry Chemicals, Closest to the Pin to Scottie Payne, Surry Animal Hospital, Danny Oakley, Jimmy Ferrell, Twin State Trailers, and Jerry Hall, WLA Inc.
For information on next year’s tournament contact the SCC Foundation at 336-386-3269.