15th Annual Golf Tournament Brings in Scholarship Dollars for Concord Students … Player Wins $15,000 on Hole-in-One!

For Immediate Release: 
Jun 12 2003

15th Annual Golf Tournament Brings in Scholarship Dollars for Concord Students … Player Wins $15,000 on Hole-in-One!

Athens, W.Va. - One hundred twelve golfers participated in the 15th annual Concord College Foundation / Homer K. Ball Scholarship Golf Tournament at Pipestem Resort State Park, Friday, June 13, 2003. The benefit tourney raised more than $10,000 for scholarships at Concord College.

The Golf Tournament is sponsored by the Concord College Foundation, which has provided scholarship support for Concord since 1966. Concord’s scholarship program ranks among the best in West Virginia public colleges.

Committee members for the tournament included: Chairman Homer Ball and Sherry Brogan from Athens, W.Va.; Tom Giffin, Bart Harvey, Cecil Smith and Frank Wilkinson from Bluefield, W.Va.; Bill Baker from Daniels, W.Va.; Ken Collis, James (Dobber) McCabe, Charlie Mathena and Wanda White from Princeton, W.Va.

Rich Lowery with Murphy Insurance from Princeton sponsored a hole-in-one on the eighth hole. The first to hit a hole-in-one would receive $15,000.

Hole sponsors were: Ball Family Partners, Brown Levicoff, PLLC, Bart Harvey, The Dean Company, Doug Machesney, John McCabe, New Peoples Bank, Princeton Health Care, Smith & Lilly, Stafford Consultants and Dr. James Allen White.

Benefactors were: ARAMARK Dining Services, Acordia, Central Printing and Charlie Mathena Foundation.

Door prizes were given away at a picnic held after the tournament.

The Greenbrier provided the grand prize of a two-day stay for two at the four-star resort. Paul Ruppert with Dominion Transmission from Clarksburg, W.Va., was the winner.

Gifts were donated by: AAA of Bluefield, BB&T, The Briarpatch, Concord College Athletics, Concord College Book Store, Douglas Sporting Goods, Pete Dye Golf Course, First Community Bank, Fountain Springs, Glade Springs, The Greenbrier, Norfolk Southern, Palmer Signature Course at Stonewall Resort, Texas Steakhouse and Twin Falls State Park.

Weather Man Wins $15,000 Cash

WOAY Weather Man Darren Stack won $15,000 when he hit a hole-in-one on the eighth hole. Stack played with three associates from WOAY, Tim Naylor, Chris Hughes and Leigh Kjekstad.

“The joy for me was watching them celebrate with dancing, hugging, screaming and neglecting the other balls that were in the air!” chuckled Concord President Jerry Beasley.

Darren Stack beamed as he said, “I’ve already called my dad and told him he’s the first person I’m paying off … with interest! My dad said, ‘You’re kidding! You’re the luckiest kid I know!’”

Stack, from Daytona Beach, Fla., attended Villanova University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and has been with WOAY for two months.

The lush course at Pipestem has been open since 1970, and 16 lucky duffers have made holes-in-one on the eighth hole. There have been 54 holes-in-one on the course since 1970.

Coach Quick’s Team Has Low Score

Concord College Football Coach Greg Quick, Drew Schuett, Chris Woolwine Rod Riffe scored 25-30-55.

Other teams included: McDOWELL COUNTY NATIONAL BANK-Ken Collis, Tim Arnold, Grady Handy, Mark Jones, NA; Steve Lee, Kenny Osborne, Jim Harden, Sam Litteral, 36-38-74; Al Modena, Dobber McCabe, Charlie Peters, Bart Harvey, 36-39-75; FIRST CENTURY BANK-John Beckett, Mori Williams, Ronnie Hypes, Frank Wilkinson, 32-34-63; FIRST CENTURY BANK-Ron Satterfield, Randy Price, Bill Albert, Greg Shupe, 30-29-59; Wade Caldwell, Rebecca Caldwell, Wade Caldwell Sr., David Huffman, 34-32-66; PRINCETON COMMUNITY HOSPITAL-Jay Valeyko, Mike Swatts, Dan Dunmyer, Charlie Mathena, 34-33-67; ARA-John Ferguson, Don Redmond, Fred Bissinger, Randy Keaton, NA; George Keatley, Jack Martin, Carroll Cole, Dan Zirkle, 32-33-65; ET BOGGESS ARCHITECT-Ted Boggess, David Knight, Timm Boggess, Todd Boggess, 35-37-72;

FORREST ROLES-Brace Mullett, Brian Wetzel, Mike Meade, Preston Burgess, 31-30-61; FIRST COMMUNITY BANK-Sam Elmore, John Thompson, Bill Hopkins, Bob Schumacher, 35-32-67; David Bolton, Jeff Bolton, Fred Bolton, Gale Bolton, 32-34-66; Homer Ball, Philip Ball, Jim White, Charlie Knowles, 31-28-59; THE GREENBRIER-Larry Mazey, Craig Brown, Adam Loving Scott Richmond, 32-30-62; BB&T-Stan Johnson, Doug Evans, John Bennett Jr., Jay McClung, 36-36-72; FIRST COMMUNITY BANK-Joe Keatley, Michael Earle, Charlie Pace, Paul Bennett, 36-35-71; SEAVER FUNERAL HOME-Bill Seaver, Dale Carter, Bill Draper, Dewey Russell, 36-37-71; Bill Baker, Buck Parker, Jim Brown, Ray Richmond, 35-35-70; Chris Howard, Scott George, Bob Brown, Bill Deck, 30-31-61; FIRST CITIZENS BANK (White Sulphur Springs)-Bob Neff, Tom Pennington, Dan Withers, John Deitz, 32-33-65; ACORDIA-Tom Giffen, Bruce Sparks, Ralph Modena, Ward Perry, NA; BB&T-Jason Lunsford, Larry Ratliff, Bill Evans, Debbie Kitts, 34-34-68; Dave Klingensmith, Walt Klingensmith, Karry Oliver, Devon Grose, 36-35-65; DOMINION GROUP-Mark Reaser, Randy Swiger, Paul Ruppert, Sean Sleigh, 30-35-65; Darren Stack, Tim Naylor, Chris Hughes, Leigh Kjekstad, 33-39-72; PRINCETON MOOSE #9697-Vic Larese, Jerry Whittington, Kenny Howell, Scotty Miller, 29-30-59.

Mike Swatt with Frontier Communications in Bluefield said, “I’ve played the tournament about six times, and really enjoy the camaraderie of others who support Concord College. This tournament is very well organized.”

Jim Brown with Brown Levicoff, PLLC noted that, “Concord is West Virginia’s finest institution of higher learning. Playing on Friday the thirteenth won’t hurt my game at all!”

“We’re here to support the school and honor my good friend Homer [Ball]. I think the 13th will bring our team good luck,” stated Todd Boggess with ET Boggess Architect in Princeton.

The weather was gray and sounds from the 17-year locusts were ever-present.

For information about providing scholarship to students, please call 1-304-384-5317 or e-mail scholarships@concord.edu.


Photo: Jerry Beasley, Darren Stack, Homer Ball