CU Students Continue to Benefit from Ball Golf Tourney at Pipestem
Athens, W.Va. – The bullhorn usually used by Homer Ball was "missing in action" but the ardent supporter of scholarships for Concord University students didn't seem to have any trouble getting the attention of the more than 80 attendants who queued up for the 8:30 a.m. shotgun start on a perfect-weather day. The fundraising tournament was held at Pipestem Resort State Park.
Mr. Ball stated that, “With the increase in tuition and fees at all higher education institutions—not just Concord, it is very difficult for youngsters to go to college. By raising some money for scholarships we can help some of those needy students—and quality students—to have a chance to go to school and I’m one hundred percent for it!”
Mary Francis Williams one of the supporters who participated in the tournament said, “I’m a resident of Princeton, Mercer County and we do support Concord University and it’s extremely important to come out for the Ball Golf Tournament. It has become an icon in golf tournaments and he [Homer] puts forth such a good effort to help scholarship recipients, and . . . it promotes good fellowship and we’re all out here playing and having a good time, and besides, we’re trying to beat the men!”
Foursomes from McDowell County to Kanawha County supporting scholarships for students included the following: William "Buster" Brown, Elmer Bay, Frank Brady, and Harold Brewster; Appalachian Power--Greg Kindrick, Dave Langford, Dave Ransom, and Patrick Richards; Wells Fargo Insurance--Kelly Harbour, Tom Kaylor, Tom Giffen, and Eric Robinson; Matt Ankrum, Jim Miller, Mike Ankrum, and Andy Ankrum; Riverview Health Care--Patrick Smith, Robert Farley, Jim Topping, and Keith Buchanon; MCNB--Mark Jones, David Falin, Ken Collis, and Tim Arnold; Corey Henderson, Norm Miller, Dale Geiger, and Bill Blankenship; Seaver Funeral Home--Joe Dyer, Benjamin Gay, Ed Pettus, and Bill Draper; ARAMARK--Chris Smallwood, Jeff Buckland, John Ferguson, and John Spencer; BB&T Princeton--Kenny Billings, Rob Wilmink, Larry Ratliff, and Bill Evans; First Community Bank, Princeton; Chris Woolwine, Eric Hopkins, Gary Mills, and Bill Hopkins; Barbara Hurt, Wanda White, Mary Francis Williams, and Darlene Hall; First Century Bank--Matt Barnett, Jason Farmer, Bill Albert, and Mike Scott; Steve Stevenson, Cecil Smith, Bob Barnes, and Dave Shields; Philip Ball, Homer Ball, Greg Ball, and Jim Hurt; G-MAX, Inc.--Jerry Harmon, Larry Brewster, Bill Heflin, and Gary Bowen; Ron Self, Dwight Robinett, Roger Buckner, and Fred Pennington; Marshall Campbell, Tom Davis, Charlie Peters, and Jim Brown; BB&T Trust--John Berry, Ian Flores, Roger Winters, and Stan Johnson; and First Community Bank--Steve Layfield, Greg Shupe, John Thompson, and Matthew Tiller.
First place men's and women's teams received $100 gift certificates from the Pro Shop at Pipestem; the second place men’s team received a $50 gift certificate.
A drawing for door prizes was held after the tournament and Gary Bowen from G-MAX, Inc., received the grand prize, a weekend stay for two at The Greenbrier Resort.
Prizes from the following companies were also given away: Stonewall Resort, Fountain Springs Golf Club, Robert Thomas Golf Shop, Applebee’s Restaurant, Brandon's Restaurant, Bob Evans Restaurant, Cracker Barrel Restaurant, Texas Steakhouse & Saloon, Captain D's Restaurant, Steve Price Taste of Memphis Restaurant, Mountaineer Bowling Lanes, Inc., Bluefield AAA, First Community Bank, Miller Distributing, Bill Carper-Norfolk Southern, Concord Athletics, Concord Bookstore, Cheap Thrills Record Store, and ARAMARK.
Sponsors included the following: ARAMARK, Central Printing, The Greenbrier Resort, and Murphy Insurance.
Benefactors included the following: The Chuck Mathena Foundation and Well Fargo Insurance.
Princeton Memorial Hospital sponsored an award.
Hole sponsors included the following: Jerry Beasley; Andy Clark; Douglas Sporting Goods; Bart Harvey; Investment Planning Consultants; George Keatley; Doug Machesney; Melrose Enterprises and Main Street Builders; Al Modena; New Peoples Bank; Smith, Lilly & Ball, Attorneys at Law; Stafford Consultants; Sugar Shack; Wal-Mart; White & Henderson, Attorneys at Law; and Willis Chiropractic.
According to Sherry Brogan, organizer for the tournament, more than $13,000 was raised that, after expenses, will be used for scholarships for students who attend Concord University.
Volunteers who organized the golf tournament included the following: Chair, Homer Ball; and Greg Ball, Philip Ball, Sherry Brogan, Tom Giffen, Bart Harvey, Sam Hill, Dewey Russell, Cecil Smith, Wanda White, and Frank Wilkinson.
PHOTO: Gary Bowman with G-MAX, Inc. receives the grand prize of a two-night stay at The Greenbrier Resort from Homer Ball.