Paine College welcomes Herman Belton as Head Men's Golf Coach

Posted by ncarter | 02/4/2011 08:24 AM

(Augusta, GA)-- Paine College announced the appointment of Mr. Herman Belton, Jr. as Head Golf Coach and Jones Creek Golf Club as the new home of the Paine College Golf Team.

"I am ecstatic to be here at Paine College and truly committed to growing the program as well as developing the overall performance of the young men of the  Paine College Golf team.

Paine College Golf team captain, Wes Dollar mirrors the new coach's enthusiasm. "Our new coach is excited about being here and we are excited to have him aboard. Being at Jones Creek has given us access to facilities and equipment to help our game as a whole. They've really welcomed us and made this feel truly like home," Dollar said.

The golf team will now utilize Jones Creek Golf Club as their official home facility. "We are delighted to enter in partnership with Paine College for the purpose of enhancing the golf program and giving the players a great facility to practice and call home. THe golf tournament that we host here certainly was the beginning of discussions got the ball rolling to get the team here, not just once a year," Gregg Hemann, Director of Operations at Jones Creek Club.

About Coach Belton

Belton is a native of Camden, South Carolina, Herman entered the US Navy after graduating from Camden High School.  Shortly after completion of his military tour of duty, which included stops in France, Spain, Italy, South America and Great Britain, Herman entered Benedict College (Columbia, SC) as a non-traditional student.  There, he majored in Criminal Justice and had dual minors in Religion and Philosophy.  And, it was there that he also was a stand-out player on the College’s Golf Team.  In May, 2001, Herman graduated from Benedict College, receiving the Bachelor of Science degree.

His first coaching job was at his alma mater – Benedict College.  Coach Belton served as Head Golf Coach for the combined men and women’s golf teams.  Under his golfing tenure, Benedict College was elevated to the distinction of National Minority Division II Collegiate Champions, 2004. After taking over the South Carolina State Men team Coach Belton won the Hall of Fame Golf Tournament 2009 in Atlanta his second tournament out. He went on to have a player to win the PGA Minority Tournament in Division1 that same year and nearly breaking the course record.

From 2006-2009, Coach Belton served as the Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach at South Carolina State University.  In just one year, he led the Women’s Golf Team to their first ever first-place win and facilitated their invitation to participate in the National Minority Collegiate Championship Tournament.

Coach Belton firmly believes that all persons have strengths and skills that can be developed when applied in a positive manner.  To Coach Belton, he perceives the game of golf as being one of the most positive manners, thus believing that all persons can play golf even if they never get a chance to visit a golf course.

In his visions entitled, Golf 4 U, a comprehensive concept which uses the elements of golf as the basic indicator to eliminate and reduce negative stressors, Golf N U was created by Coach Belton to teach students how to effectively communicate and interact with others – regardless of their societal position.

Determined to serve as a role model to youth – especially the at-risk and disenfranchised – Coach Belton volunteers in communities and sponsors golf clinics that serve to offset anti-social behaviors of the target population.  His community service includes being on the Board of Palmetto Place, a shelter for foster children.

Accolades and achievements of Coach Belton include:  being a 3-time recipient of the Bill Dickey Scholarship, the youngest ever African American Collegiate Golf Coach, serving on the prestigious South Carolina Golf Course Rating Panel, being named the Benedict College Male Coach of the Year – 2005, and recently, passing of the Professional Ability Qualifying Test (PAT) – a preliminary step toward PGA certification.

For more information contact the Sports Information Director, Kimberly May at (706) 945-1367 or Kmay@paine.edu.

Photo Captions:

Coach Belton and Paine College Golf Team

Paine College Golf Team and Gregg Hemann of Jones Creek Golf Club

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Paine to host 2nd Annual Golf Tournament with Senior PGA Pro Jim Dent

Posted by ncarter | 08/26/2010 10:58 AM

AUGUSTA, GA) - Paine College invites golfers to the 2nd  Annual Paine College Golf Tournament on Monday, August 30, 2010 at Jones Creek Golf Club in Evans, Georgia. Last year, the tournament raised more than $22, 000 to benefit Paine College golf scholarships and this year the committee plans to raise a lot more.

Golfers who participate will be playing for a worthy cause. All of the proceeds from this tournament will benefit the Paine College Golf Program and golf scholarships. Senior PGA Golfer, Jim Dent will play in the tournament.  Golfers and guests will have a chance to meet and share the course with Dent.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and a complimentary Callaway Demo will take place from 8:45 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.

Shotgun start time is 11:00 a.m. Contest include beat the pro, closest to the pin, longest drive, and hole-in-one. Participants can also look forward to a silent auction, raffles and first, second and third place team prizes. Jones Creek Golf Club will provide brunch for registered golfers and volunteers and Outback Steakhouse will provide dinner during the 19th Hole Reception.

“Partnering with Paine College to increase scholarships for deserving student athletes demonstrates the  community’s strong commitment and willingness to invest in our competitive golf program,” said George C. Bradley, president of Paine College. “Building a robust scholarship fund increases access to a quality education.”

All guest and golfers will have a chance to meet members of the Paine College Golf Team at the 19th Hole Reception.  "The support of the CSRA community from year to year is outstanding," said Hoover Johnson, Jr.,  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."

Sponsors such as Phoenix Printing, Double Tree Hotel, Georgia Bank & Trust, Coca-Cola Bottling, Jim Hudson Lexus, Double Tree Hotels, P.F. Changs China Bistro, Outback Steakhouse, Jones Creek Golf Club, and WJBF News Channel 6 support this worthy cause.

Media attending the tournament must report to the registration station to obtain passes. To secure passes in advance, contact Natasha Carter at (706) 396-7591. For more information about the tournament, contact Frances Wimberly at  (706) 821-8233 or (706) 564-3717 on tournament day. Visit www.paine.edu/golf to view 2nd Annual Paine College Golf Tournament Sponsors.

TOURNAMENT HISTORY: The Office of Institutional Advancement decided to actively engage the Augusta community to help the Paine College Golf program evolve into a regionally and nationally ranked team. Brandon P. Brown, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, and Frances D. Wimberly, Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement worked hard to form a committee for the Inaugural Paine College Golf Tournament. The Institutional Advancement staff decided to engage people with knowledge of golf as well as proud Paineites to assist with the organizing duties of the tournament. Kenneth D. Larry, an avid golfer and proud Paine College supporter, joined the committee as chair. Through Larry’s leadership, many others joined the committee to including the honorary chair, PGA tournament player Jim Dent. The committee held its first meeting in April 2009.


Tournament Format
    •    Threesome Lauderdale Play – Captains Choice (A and B flights –1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes)

Tournament Event Schedule
    •    Sunday, August 29, 2010
    ◦    6:00 PM - Paring Party

    •    Monday, August 30, 2010
    ◦    8:30 - 10:30 AM - Registration
    ◦    8:45 - 10:45 AM - Callaway Demo Complimentary golf lessons by golf pros
    ◦    10:00 AM - Brunch
    ◦    11:00 AM - Shotgun Start

For more information about the tournament or Paine College Golf Program visit WWW.PAINE.EDU/GOLF