The 20th Annual IBERIABANK/BRTC Foundation Golf Tournament, held September 27 at Rolling Hills Country Club in Pocahontas, raised over $40,000 to help fund BRTC student scholarships, according to Dina Hufstedler, Tournament Chair. This is the largest fundraiser of the BRTC Foundation and the primary source of funding for Foundation scholarships.
Each year, the tournament is co-sponsored and underwritten by IBERIABANK with a donation of $10,000 to help cover the costs of the tournament. “This year’s total of $42,129.06 is nearly $10,000 more raised than last year’s record-breaking $32,325.32,” noted Kelly Rose IBERIABANK VP/Commercial Relationship Manager and BRTC Foundation Board Chair.
“The support that the BRTC Foundation receives from our partners in the region is remarkable,” Rose continued. “After 20 years, the golf event continues to grow in number of sponsors and funds raised. The BRTC Foundation is grateful to all who worked so hard to make this a record setting success, but special thanks to all of the event sponsors, many of whom have supported the event from the very beginning.”
New to the tournament this year was an added sponsorship level for $1,000, which comes with a scholarship naming opportunity. The idea to add this new four-star level was presented by Rose and approved by the committee. “I felt this was a way to generate additional revenue for the tournament while offering something extra to sponsors – the opportunity to name a scholarship,” Rose said.
Four-star sponsors this year were: Dr. Josh Toney, Dr. Karla Baltz, Pinnacle Frames and Accents, Pocahontas Aluminum, Clay Country Electric Coop Corp., Northeast Arkansas Turf Care and Nursery, Allison and Ruby Architects, Ramson’s Construction, VALIC, Monsanto and BRTC’s Student Government Association.
All tournament sponsors, of all levels, along with scholarship recipients will be recognized at the Annual Scholarship Luncheon scheduled for April 24.
“I am humbled by the support of our community,” said Hufstedler. “Even when individuals and businesses are experiencing difficult times of their own, they never fail to rally in support of this fundraiser and the college. That shows the value and pride our community places on education and their willingness to help students achieve their goals. Without their support these achievements would not be possible.”
A total of 61 teams played in this year’s tournament, for both morning and afternoon rounds.
Winners of the morning “Championship Flight” were: 1st place – Jeff May and Greg Thompson; 2nd place – Kelly Scobey and Greg Ward; 3rd place – Billy Allen and Mike Vincent. “A Flight” winners were: 1st place – Billy Keedy and Kirk Brinkley; 2nd place – Jeff Williams and Matt Hibbs; 3rd place – Jim Dunlap and Sam Dunlap. “B Flight” winners were: 1st place – Ben Runnels and Darren Plaster; 2nd place – Garry Palmer and Gene Bloodworth; 3rd place – Leo Baltz and Steve Shults. Closest to the pin winners were: Greg Ward, Alex Phillips, Tom McClain and Darrell Fears.
Winners of the afternoon “Championship Flight” were: 1st place – Joey Pfeffer and Ron Mangold; 2nd place – Jade Wells and Tim Reeves; 3rd place – Blake Prater and David Griffith. Winners of the “A Flight” were: 1st place – Pete Kilpatrick and Allen Smith; 2nd place – Jeff O’Donnell and Al Pearson; 3rd place – Jerry Lindsey and Raymond Jackson. Winners of the “B Flight” were: 1st place – Craig Hibbard and Jody Sifford; 2nd place – Joel King and Cindy Shepherd; 3rd place – Josh Gallion and Greg Starling. Closest to the pin winners were: Jerry Lindsey, Anthony Pemberton, David Griffith and Jack McCord.
This was the second year of selling scratch-off cards in conjunction with the tournament. Prizes were given for the four lowest scores and the three highest scores. The winners and their prizes for lowest score were: 1st place – Susie Jones of Hoxie – beach vacation in Okaloosa Island, Florida, compliments of “Fosters on the Beach”; 2nd place – John Jackson of Pocahontas – iPad Mini, compliments of Melissa Davis; 3rd place – Angie DeClerk of Pocahontas – Gaston’s White River Resort vacation; and 4th place – Greg Gamso of Pocahontas – Hot Springs vacation, courtesy of The Wharf Resort on Lake Hamilton, Hot Springs Chamber, and the Belle of Hot Springs.
Winners and their prizes for highest scores were: 1st place – Jonathan Rorex of Walnut Ridge – ASU Red Wolves package, compliments of Fran Cavenaugh, Goin’ Postal, and ASU Red Wolves Foundation; and 2nd place – Ty Taylor of Pocahontas – two tickets to “Night of Stars Under the Stars” featuring The Broadway Tenors, compliments of Fran Cavenaugh.
“In addition to the numerous sponsors and donors who gave so generously, I want to thank all who volunteered their time,” said Hufstedler, “including BRTC Foundation Board members, BRTC faculty and staff, members of BRTC’s President’s Leadership Council and Student Government Association, staff and board members of Rolling Hills Country Club, and employees of IBERIABANK, Baltz Chevy-Olds, and Integrity 1st Bank.”
The BRTC Foundation Golf Tournament is a primary source of scholarship funding and the largest fundraiser of the Foundation Board. The tournament consists of morning and afternoon sessions each being independent of the other and each having its own Championship, A, and B Flights. Proceeds from the event are used by the BRTC Foundation to support scholarship programs and other needs of the college.