Annual tournament has helped Paine College's golf program

Posted by ncarter | 07/24/2012 22:06 PM

By: David Westin

The Paine College Golf Tour­nament started in September 2009 in response to a travel fiasco.

The golf team had qualified for the PGA Mi­nority Collegiate Golf Champ­ionship and was ready to go, then found out at the last minute that there wasn’t enough money in the budget to cover expenses. The team stayed home.

Thanks to the Paine tournament, that problem was quickly solved. Plus, the money raised the past three years has helped turn around the program.

Proceeds from the tournament – $71,000 so far, according to the college – go to the golf program. That money played a role in the Lions’ first Southern Inter­collegiate Athletic Con­fer­ence golf title last season and their sixth-place finish in the Division II portion of the PGA Minor­ity Collegiate Golf Champ­ionship.

The fourth edition of the Paine College Golf Tour­nament will be Aug. 27 at Gordon Lakes Golf Course.

“The tournament has been phenomenal,” said second-year golf coach Herman Belton. “It’s awesome to have a community rally behind the institution and the golf program.”

Augusta native Jim Dent, a 12-time winner on the Champ­ions Tour, got behind the tournament immediately.

He didn’t hesitate when asked whether he would be the honorary chairman. He has filled that role every year and has said he will do so as long as he’s able.

The money raised from the tournament has been used in three ways, according to Paine athletic director Tim Duncan. It has gone to travel so Paine can improve its schedule, to scholarships and to team apparel.

“But we’re not limiting ourselves to those three,” Duncan said.

The scholarship money allowed Paine to offer 3.07 golf scholarships for the 2012-13 season as opposed to the 1.82 it offered in 2010-11 and 2011-12. The scholarship max for an NCAA Division II program is 3.6.

The bright future of the program helped Paine land Carlos Solis a year ago. As a freshman, Solis earned SIAC player of the year, freshman of the year and MVP honors as Paine won the SIAC Tournament.

He’ll be joined this year by incoming freshman Jerrell Hubbard, from Westover High in Albany, Ga., who won the Region 1-AAA title last season.

“That money helped me recruit a player like Jerrell Hubbard,” Belton said.

“To add a player the caliber of Jerrell Hubbard, that’s tremendous,” Duncan said. “In Division II, it’s extremely competitive because it’s about scholarship dollars. Through the money raised in this tournament, it has helped us be in the same ballpark with other schools.”

There are still spots open for this year’s tournament, which is expected to raise more money than the previous three.

After a successful three-year run at the 18-hole Jones Creek Golf Club in Evans, the tournament has moved to Gordon Lakes. Because the course on Fort Gordon has 27 holes, the field can be expanded from 160 to 200 players.

“Jones Creek was the course that opened its doors to allow us to come in,” said Kenny Larry, the tournament chairman. “They are really responsible for our golf tournament growing the way it has.”

For more information, call (706) 821-8233.

Story courtesy of David Westin and The Augusta Chronicle.

 

Paine College to host 4th Annual Golf Tournament to benefit Men’s Golf Team

Posted by ncarter | 07/21/2012 16:10 PM

(Augusta, GA) –Paine College invites golfers to the 4th Annual Paine College Golf Tournament on Monday, August 27, 2012 at Gordon Lakes Golf Club in Ft. Gordon, Georgia. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and shotgun start time is 11:00 a.m. The registration fee for the tournament is $125 per individual and $375 per team. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, green fee, golf cart, brunch sponsored by Chick-Fil-A (North Augusta, SC), beverages and 19th Hole Awards Reception sponsored by Outback Steakhouse. 

Since its inception, the tournament committee has raised more than $71,000 to benefit Paine College golf program and scholarships. The generous contributions assisted with the Paine College Men’s Golf team’s first Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Golf Championship. 

“This tournament will continue to be successful,” said Jim Dent, senior PGA golfer and honorary tournament chair. “The golf team’s first SIAC championship could not have been achieved without the support of the College, community and golf tournament sponsors.”

All guests and golfers will have a chance to meet members of the Paine College Men’s Golf Team and golf coach at the 19th Hole Awards Dinner.  "The support of the CSRA community from year to year is outstanding," said Herman Belton, head golf coach. "My team and I appreciate everything and they play harder because they know the College and the community is backing them 100 percent."

This year’s sponsors include exclusive television media partner -WJBF News Channel 6, exclusive radio partner Perry Broadcasting of Augusta, Phoenix Printing, Augusta Coca-Cola Bottling, Jim Hudson Lexus, Outback Steakhouse, Chick-Fil-A, Gordon Lakes Golf Club and African American Golfer’s Digest.  

TOURNAMENT DETAILS

Tournament Format

• Threesome Lauderdale Play – Captains Choice (A, B and C flights –1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes awarded in each flight)

Tournament Event Schedule: Monday, August 27, 2012

8:30 - 10:30 AM - Registration

10:00 AM – Brunch sponsored by Chick-Fil-A

11:00 AM - Shotgun Start

5:00PM – 19th Hole Awards Dinner sponsored by Outback Steakhouse

For more information about the tournament or Paine College Golf Program visit www.paineathletics.com/GOLF 

For more information, please contact the Office of Communications and Marketing at 706.396.7591 or 678.215.8576 or Ncarter@paine.edu.

Photo caption: Paine College Golf Tournament Logo

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