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May 10, 2022  |  News Category: Hospice News

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After returning from a pandemic-induced hiatus in 2020, and a five-month postponement in 2021, the 36th edition of the Scotland Regional Hospice golf tournament nearly set a new fundraising record.  On May 3rd and 4th, hundreds of supporters gathered at Scotch Meadows Country Club for the 2-day charity golf event sponsored annually by Eaton Golf Pride.  At the tournament’s closing ceremony, it was revealed that $194,832 had been raised – over $70,000 more than the 2021 tournament and just a little over $4,000 shy of the tournament’s all-time record.

The tournament, typically held in April or May, was played in September last year due to COVID-19 related delays.  When tournament organizers decided to return the event to its regular spring timeslot, there was some concern that the short turnaround time may negatively impact participation.  However, that was not the case.

“I’m blown away by the support,” shared Bunny Hasty, Scotland Regional Hospice volunteer coordinator.  “We were just asking these sponsors and silent auction contributors for their support for last year’s tournament, and we had to start asking them again just a few months later.  Everyone seems excited to be able to help.”

It took the participation of 142 sponsors, 188 golfers, 60 volunteers, and over 100 in-kind contributors to help the tournament reach its highest total in nearly two decades – the second highest total in tournament history.  Volunteer tournament committee members Laura Adams, Ruby Williamson, Mary Jo Adams, Kim Sheppard, Deane Pullen, Anna McMillan, and Bill Hill contacted hundreds of area businesses and individuals to recruit sponsors collecting $105,000 in sponsorships which far exceeded its $80,000 goal and included donations from 21 first-time sponsors.

All proceeds from the event are used to provide patient and family care to those served by Scotland Regional Hospice.  As a non-profit hospice provider, the organization offers compassionate, end-of-life care to all who need it – regardless of their ability to pay.

While the biggest part of the fundraising total comes from area businesses and individuals who sponsor the tournament, the accompanying silent auction also contributes to the tournament’s success. The 2022 auction featured over 250 items including autographed balls and other sports memorabilia, handmade furniture, artwork, golf equipment, and much more.

In addition to the fundraising total reveal, the 2022 tournament featured another exciting occurrence.  Between holes 9 and 10, golfers have the opportunity to participate in a putting challenge.  The putting challenge is a staple of the event and is one of several in-tournament competitions that takes place throughout the day.  Between holes 9 and 10, participating golfers can win $5,000 by successfully sinking consecutive puts of 10, 30, and 60 feet.  This year, Tommy Wright of Chesterfield, SC became only the second golfer in tournament history to win the cash prize.

Other in-tournament competitions include closest to the pin, longest putt, dream drive, and a hole-in-one for a car challenge made possible by Wade S. Dunbar Insurance Agency and Scotland Motors.

The event concluded following play on Wednesday with the post-tournament celebration.  Attendees enjoyed cocktails, dinner, sponsor recognition, live auction, and music from The Jim Morgan Jazz Group.  Also part of the closing ceremony was the 20th Annual Lawson’s Gift raffle drawing.  Each year, Bob’s Jewel Shop of Laurinburg donates jewelry in memory of Lawson McCabe to be raffled off as part of the event.  This year’s winners of a beautiful diamond, heart-shaped pendant were long-time hospice supporters Dean and Candy Nichols.

“We want to thank everyone who contributed to the event in any way,” shared Deon Cranford, Scotland Regional Hospice director of public relations.  “When you are able to actually see the results of months of work come together at Scotch Meadows, you begin to realize just how big this event actually is.  Hundreds of people donate their time, money, and talents to making our tournament possible.  That’s not including those who support us by simply coming out to enjoy a game they love.”

“Every contribution, big and small, is appreciated and helps us to fulfill the mission of hospice.  What’s awesome about being a community-supported organization in a rural area is that our supporters can see the money in action.  Many of our supporters have been on, or know someone who has been on, the receiving end of our services.  They want to help and many offer before we even ask.  It’s a beautiful thing to witness and experience and we can’t thank everyone enough.”

Tournament Winners include:

Tommy Wright – Putting Challenge Winner

Tuesday

Closest to the pin Hole #2 – Todd Stubbs

Closest to the pin Hole #7 – Greg Baines

Closest to the pin Hole #12 – Mike Chidester

Closest to the pin Hole #17 – Kendra Muir

Longest Putt Hole #9 – Kyle Bethel

Longest Putt Hole #18 – Kyle Bethel

Wednesday

Closest to the pin Hole #2 – Marcus White

Closest to the pin Hole #7 – Kendall Ritter

Closest to the pin Hole #12 – Garry McMillan

Closest to the pin Hole #17 – Bobby Hinson

Longest Putt Hole #9 – Ted Rogers

Longest Putt Hole #18 – Dean Nichols

Ladies Division Winners

Gross

2nd – Sheila Ryan 83

1st – Kendra Muir 70

Net

2nd – Mary Tatum 72

1st – BJ Clark 65

Team Competition

2nd – Jo Caldwell, Bev Thompson, Marie Mackey, and Angie Garvin 129

1st – Kellie Caldwell, Anna McMillan, Connie Keith, BJ Clark 122

Mens Division Winners

Gross

6th – Russell Dean 72

5th – Andy Bare 71

4th – Joel Hartwell 69

3rd – Drew Walters 69

2nd – Anthony Spivey 69

1st – Will Morgan 67

Net

6th – Calvin Hammonds 65

5th – Thomas Willis 65

4th – Tommy Black 64

3rd – Paul Rush 63

2nd – Aaron Watts 63

1st – Brian Foshay 63

Team Competition

6th – Mike Little, Chris Hogan, Ricky Hogan, Bill Short 121

5th – Eldon Presnell, Terry Graves, Randy Graves, Ed O’Neil 121

4th – John Williamson, Ruby Williamson, Hamrick McLean, Mary Ann McLean 121

3rd – Mac McIntyre, Papa Williams, Matt McIntyre, Corey McIntyre 118

2nd – Aaron Watts, Drew Walters, Raymond Sides, Hubie Meggs 114

1st – Doug Morton, Troy Hunter, James Weaver, Boyd McLaurin

 

 

Silver ($500)
Averitt’s Electric Motor Repair
G.B. Baines and Associates
Buie Manufacturing Company
Bumgarner Family Funeral Service
Canal Wood
Captain Larry's Seafood & Steaks
In Memory of Marie Anne Chery
Domino's Pizza - Laurinburg
Earl's Electrical Heating and Air Conditioning
Jack Ficklin
Jane Gibson – In Memory of Dibber Adams
Hasty Realty
Health Innovations Pharmacy
Hicks & Floyd, PA
Hudson Paving
Jane James
Mr. & Mrs. James Ledford
Barbara Powe
Railroad Bar & Grill
Robeson Health Care Corporation
Cam and Cindy Stone
Scotland Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine
Scotland Waste Services, Inc.
Charles and Anne Todd
Mike and Diane Vinson
State Farm - Charlie Wallace
Jim and Frances Willis
David Yoder

 

Bronze ($250)
David and Mary Jo Adams
Ron and Laura Adams
Art By Design
Associated Realty - Randy McCall
Byrd’s Pool Service
Kyle Bethel
Sully Blair - State Farm Insurance
Earl and Beverly Bowling
Jerry Bruner
Eric B Byrd Insurance
Canady's Termite & Pest Control
Carmichael Farms
John and Anita Cottingham
Dairy Dream
Delta Sigma Theta - Laurinburg Alumnae Chapter
In Memory of Katherine B Dial
Dial Insurance
Craig and Pat Ellis
Fierce Dance Company & Fierce All-Stars
First Bank
Jim and Carolyn Garrigus
Bill and Anne Goodwin
Mary Gwen Grubenman
Don and Pauline Gruver
Gene and Joyce Hall
Roylin and Dee Hammond
Mac and Linda Henderson
David and Parris Hibbard
Randy and Sandra Hoffman
J & M Lawn Care
Jim and Sue Kirby
Alan S Livingston, CPA
Fred and Lynne Mabry
Carl Mackey
Mac McIntyre Insurance Agency Inc.
Penny and Catherine McLaurin
Anna and James McMillan
Law Office of William R. Purcell, II PLLC
Wesley and Mary Quick
Quick Copy Center of Laurinburg
Realty World - Graham, Grubbs, & Associates
Ron and Denise Riggins
Ken and Karen Ritch
RiverStreet Networks
Roche, Head, and Associates, PLLC
Dora Sharber
Phyllis Smith
Law Office of Timothy Snead
Southeast Regional Airport Authority/Laurinburg Maxton Airport
Spangler Lawn Care
John and Pam Sweeney
Thomas Locklear Cabinets
Laura Tyler
Chip and Maggie Wells
Charles and Susan Wentz
Williamson Dean, L.L.P.
Wooly McDuff's Neighborhood Grille

 

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