Michael Martin tourney ‘a success’

August 19, 2013

MOUNT OLIVE — The 26th Annual Michael Martin Memorial Golf Tournament was held on Thursday, Aug. 15, in memory of NC Highway Patrolman, Michael Martin, a Mount Olive College alumnus who was killed in the line of duty. The event supports student scholarships and the Trojan Club at Mount Olive College

Tournament coordinator Neil Price who works with Friendly Mart, the underwriting sponsor of the tournament, said, “I would really like to extend a special thanks to our vendors and suppliers as they are an integral part of making the tournament the success it is through their monetary support and participation. We also want to thank those who donated to our raffle. Local businesses truly showed their dedication to the community and to the students at Mount Olive College. We couldn’t do it without their support.”

For the second year in a row, Long Drive champion David Mobley was on hand and Sale Auto Mall sponsored a hole in one. According to initial reports, this year’s tournament proceeds will top $50,000, bringing the 26-year total to over $540,000.

First flight winners were: Jack Kornegay, Kevin Kornegay, Nicky Brock and Frank Brown. Second flight winners were: Cliff Best, Vaden Lee, Brad Peele and Brandon Jones.

Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Mount Olive College Dr. John Blackwell, stated, “The fellowship and joy at the Michael Martin Tournament were a heartwarming inspiration. I was able to witness the greater MOC community at its best. We are deeply grateful to Neil Price, Bill Clingan, A. N. Martin, Ernie Taylor, Dean Rouse and all of the vendors and participants that made this event happen.”

Mount Olive College is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The college, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington, and Jacksonville. For more information, visit