On Nov. 7 and 8, over 200 businesses and individuals participated in the Sampson Community College Foundation’s 11th Annual Sampson Classic Golf Tournament at Coharie Country Club honoring the memory of Bill Johnson, a longtime supporter of SCC.
Since 2003, the Foundation has hosted the event as a way to raise money for student scholarships, faculty grants and other program support. “Everyone has a good time playing golf, but they also help people get an education,” stated Bill Fulton, event co-chairman.
The tournament began Thursday night with an auction and reception paying tribute to the Johnson family. Lisa Turlington, Foundation executive director, reflected on her first visits to Clinton, “Bill and Ida were not only one of the cool hip couples here, but they were pillars of this community,” she pointed out.
Neal Strickland, event co-chair, shared what a privilege it had been to have Johnson as a mentor. SCC Johnson scholar, Heather Goodrich noted her gratitude, “It has been an honor being the William M. Johnson Scholar, and I have enjoyed getting to know Mr. and Mrs. Johnson.”
Johnson’s daughter Becky Johnson Lail ,mentioned growing up in Clinton and her father’s generosity and love of his community, and SCC president Dr. Paul Hutchins thanked guests for attended the reception and auction.
The next morning breakfast was sponsored by McDonalds of Clinton.
The first flight winning team with a score of 55 was Dubose Strapping (Holden Dubose, Will Waters, Brent Parrish and Brooks Barwick). Second place in the first flight was Butler and Faircloth Realty at 56 (Sprunt Hill, Jay Joyner, Johnny Milkovits and Howard Hunt). Third place in the first flight at 56 went to Hog Slat (David Herring, Hugh Surles, Billy Herring and Andrew Decker).
The winner of the second flight was Prestage Farms at 58 (John Prestage, John Spell, Randy Barefoot and Chris Sutton). Second in the second flight at 60 was Lakewood Country Club (Robbie James, Curt Prichard, Eric Bullard and Travis Griffin). Third in the second flight with a 61 was Whole Harvest Foods (Paul Hutchins, Richard Stephenson, Robbie Owens and Michael Edwards). The Ole Timers won the third flight at 61 (Bobby Robinson, Larry Rouse, Tommy Combs and Bob Werner). The Schindler Team was second with 61 (Richard Pearson, Eddie Pennell, Oliver Autry and Dayton Bell). Third place in the third flight went to the BB&T with a 64 (Dickie Smith, Kent Sutton, Jim Jackson and Doug Smith). The fourth flight winner was The Ida Johnson Team at 61 strokes (Charles Gainey, Harold Lail, Jeff Medlin and Bobby Bunker). Second place was the Star Communication team at 65 (Jeff Nethercutt, Jeff Shipp, Kyle Randleman and Craig Bell). The James Jones Team at 67 placed third (James Jones, Frank Boyette, Bryan Griffin and Terrell Webster).
Closest to the pin winners, courtesy of Century Link, were Randy Barefoot, Brandon Williams, Steve Stefanovich and Brian Faison. The winner of the longest drive was Larry Rouse.
Legacy sponsors for the Sampson Classic were Baker Motors of Charleston SC and Prestage Farms, and the Platinum sponsor was Schindler Elevator.
Turlington said she was pleased with all the support in putting on the tournament, “Many thanks go to volunteers Neal Strickland, Bill Fulton, Sharon Roberts, Jonelle Strickland and Gayle Jordan for helping coordinate the event, and I couldn’t have done it without Foundation assistant Brandon Wiggins. SCC Continuing Education Dean Ann Butler and Foundation Scholars Tracy Kirkland and Heather Goodrich were a big help too.”
To become part of the good things happening at Sampson Community College, send gifts to the SCC Foundation, PO Box 318, Clinton, NC 28328.