MOUNT AIRY — The 21st annual Woltz-Harold Surry Community College Foundation Golf Tournament held on May 18 landed on an absolutely gorgeous sun filled day.
The field included 232 golfers who enjoyed 18 holes of exceptional golf at Cross Creek Country Club in Mount Airy. The tournament named in memory of Surry Community College advocates, Pat Woltz and Bobby Harold, had in 20 previous years netted $920,000 for student scholarships.
The theme for the day was “Swinging for a Million” aimed at reaching a million-dollar goal. The golf committee worked diligently since November enlisting individual, business and corporate sponsors who in many cases increased their level of sponsorship to ensure the goal was met. Supporters came from as far away as Maryland and Florida. John Alvarez, a friend and long-time business associate of Bobby Harold, traveled from Ocala, Florida, and sponsored meals for the event.
Lead sponsors were Woltz and Associates of Roanoke, Virginia; H&W Trucking, Mount Airy; and Dr. and Mrs. Jim Harrell of Elkin. Eagle sponsors included WLA, Inc., Cooke Trucking, Harris Leather and Silverworks, Sowers Construction, Carolina Mutual Insurance, iSurity, Utility Trailer Sales, and First Citizens Bank. Birdie sponsors were Faw, Folger, Johnson, P.C., F. Rees Company, Morgan Stanley, Surrey Bank & Trust, Thermo King Central Carolinas, and W.R. Vernon Produce Co. Hole-in-One sponsors were Mount Airy Toyota, Price Power Equipment of Elkin, and Bray’s Recapping of Mount Airy.
The day’s activities culminated with a celebratory meal complete with bluegrass music provided by the South Carolina Broadcasters. Golfers and guests enjoyed a delicious dinner which was highlighted by a toast of Surry Cellars award winning sparkling wine to mark the million. Jerry Venable, chairman of the Golf Committee, served as master of ceremonies. Dr. David Shockley, president of SCC, shared the importance of the event to the success of Surry students who receive scholarships in the name of the winning teams.
Tournament Committee members were Susan Harold Thomas, Jerry Venable, Gary Harold, Dr. Swanson Richards, Peggy Rees, and Alice Connolly with college employees Marion Venable, Becky Money and Dr. David Shockley. A number of volunteers including college students, ambassadors, employees and retirees along with State Employee Credit Union employees carried out important tasks essential to the success of the tournament.
Tournament morning round winners were: 1st Place Pebble Beach Flight, Carolina Mutual Insurance and 2nd Place Thermo King; 1st Place St. Andrews Flight, Golding Transport and 2nd Place Central Continuing Care; 1st Place Cross Creek Flight, Piedmont Insurance and 2nd Place Rogers Realty. Afternoon round winners were: 1st Place Pebble Beach Flight, Shockley Team and 2nd Place W.R. Vernon Produce; 1st Place St. Andrews Flight, Carolina CAT and 2nd Place Scenic Motors; and 1st Place Cross Creek, Carolina Farm Credit and 2nd Place Piedmont Peterbilt. Longest Drives for the day went to Eric Crisp, Golding Transport; Alyssa Cox, Carport Central; and Will Shepherd, Surry Chemicals. Awards for Closest to the Pin were: Scottie Payne, Surry Animal Hospital, Danny Oakley, Jimmy Ferrell, Twin State Trailers, and Jerry Hall, WLA, Inc.
For information on next year’s tournament, contact the SCC Foundation at 336-386-3269.