College Raises Scholarship Funds in Golf Tourney
Athens, W.Va. - The weather was cool and overcast as Homer Ball announced that the annual Concord College Foundation/Homer K. Ball Golf Scholarship Tournament was ready to commence at Pipestem State Park, 8:30 a.m. on Friday, June 14. Twenty-four foursomes teed off, hoping to win first place.
The scholarship tournament raised more than $13,000, which will benefit students who attend Concord. Golfers enjoyed a picnic provided by ARAMARK Campus Dining after the tournament. Tournament organizers held a drawing during the picnic for gifts provided by local businesses. Derek Evans with AEP won a two-night stay at The Greenbrier, donated by the luxury resort.
Other businesses supporting the tournament included: AAA Travel, AAA Insurance, BB&T, Bluefield Regional Medical Center, Scott Bowden, Central Printing, Concord College Bookstore, First Century Bank, First Citizens Bank, First Community Bank, Fountain Springs, The Greenbrier, Johnston’s Restaurant, Lowe’s Contractor Sales, Norfolk Southern, Pipestem State Park, and United Bank. Ramey Motors provided a car for a hole-in-one on the eighth hole.
During the picnic, Ball thanked the participants who attended and noted that 31 students are receiving scholarships as a result of the tournament.
Concord President Jerry Beasley said, “This has meant a great deal to Concord, the scholarships from the tournament allow us to attract and keep good students. Each of you helps make Concord a special place—thank you for your support!”
Larry Mazey, CFO for The Greenbrier noted that, “I have six Concord grads in my department at The Greenbrier, and just hired a 1998 graduate. Concord has a great hospitality curriculum and for 12 years we have supported this golf tournament because the students benefit.”
Hobe Bauer, Susan Bauer, Wanda Davidson and John Davidson won first place in the men’s division with a low score of 60. First place for the women’s division went to Mary McClain, Debbie Hart, Lynn Krulich and Eleanor Shaffrey. Second place, men’s division went to the First Community Bank team of Bob Schumaker, Bill Hopkins, Steve Lilly, and John Thompson.
Wanda Davidson, a member of the winning foursome: “We do appreciate the College sponsoring this tournament and the opportunity to play. We had a wonderful day, and I would like to thank Acordia for sponsoring our team!”
Scholarships for Concord College students are the heart of this annual golfing event. Since August, 11, 1989, the Concord College Foundation has devoted the funds from this tournament (after expenses) to scholarships.
The Concord College Foundation has provided scholarship support for Concord since 1976.
In 1991, the Foundation recognized one of the institution’s most respected alumni by adding the name of Homer K. Ball to the golf tournament’s title. Homer is a 1948 graduate, former sheriff of Mercer County, retired director of the physical plant at Concord, and former West Virginia State Senator as well as an avid golfer.
Photo: The winning foursome: Hobe Bauer, Susan Bauer, Wanda Davison, John Davidson
Photo: Hobe Bauer watches as his wife, Susan, lines up for a putt.