Tournament raises nearly $30,000

Published 12:38 pm Friday, September 13, 2013

Raising the green was just as important as reaching the green at the 8th annual LBW Community College/Camellia City Classic golf tournament.

And thanks to nearly 50 golf enthusiasts from around Butler County who turned out to Cambrian Ridge Wednesday, both goals were met with equal measure.

The tournament was held primarily for the purpose of raising funds for scholarships, but the money is occasionally used to aid with student activities or special projects.

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Dr. Jim Krudop, director of LBW’s Greenville campus, said the true winners of the tournament were the LBW students, and that the importance of events such as the Camellia City Classic — events that allow for community participation while simultaneously serving a good cause — can’t be overlooked.

“I think it’s tremendously important, and the Greenville community has come out in droves to help us,” Krudop said. “They obviously recognize the need for scholarships, and they have recognized the value of having the Greenville campus of LBWCC located here. When everybody jumps in and helps, it’s a community project, which really pays big dividends for our students.”

The First Citizens Bank team of Todd Norman, Cody Norman, Joby Norman and Sam Starr topped 10 other teams to take the first place award.

The team of Pete Coon, Ricky Langston, Scott Burkett and Sam Wilson took second place, while Jonathan Byrd, Ronnie Danby, Lee Yi and Dexter McLendon claimed third place.

Ed Short won the closest to the pin competition and Steve Brown took top honors in the long drive competition.

And while the number of participants in this year’s competition was roughly the same as years past, the overwhelming support from hole sponsorships more than compensated.

“When you think about having seven bronze sponsors at $300 apiece, three silver sponsors at $1,500 apiece and five gold sponsors at $2,500 apiece, you’re talking about a serious commitment for our students,” Krudop added. “And that just makes me feel good.  I’m excited about this community and it’s support of the college.”

Krudop estimates that the tournament raised approximately $28,000.