The ninth annual “Golf Fore the Arts” Golf Tournament, sponsored by the Sampson Arts Council, was yet another huge success. Held at Coharie Country Club in Clinton, the tournament kicked off with a sponsors and golfers reception held at the Victor R. Small House on May 31.
The Sampson Arts Council expressed gratitude to the community for making the annual fundraising event a huge success.
“We were thrilled to have 17 teams including 68 golfers, and 86 business and individual sponsors,” said Kara Donatelli, director of the Arts Council.
Birdie sponsors were Hog Slat and McDonald’s/Caison Enterprises and par sponsors included US Foods and Star Communications. South Catering/Southern Smoke BBQ donated food for the reception. On tournament day, golfers were treated to biscuits donated by McDonald’s of Clinton and lunch by Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q. Hole in One sponsor for the tournament was Performance Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Ford of Clinton.
“This event was a huge success because of the dedication and hard work of our golf committee, chaired by Jeff Shipp,” said Donatelli. “We were so excited to have a four generation team participate this year. The Griffin Team, ranging in age from 11 to 87, included Hudson Griffin, his father Bryan, grandfather Greg and great-grandfather Everett. They had a great day on the course, placing second in the second flight.”
Funds raised will provide three weeks of Summer Art Camp, for grades 1-6, and three art workshops for students, grades 7-12, in June and July. The 40 art camp scholarships recipients will get to attend art camp free of charge, Donatelli noted.
“The funds also sustain ongoing operations of the Arts Council so we can continue to produce programs and events that advance the arts and engage our county’s residents and visitors,” she said. “With (the community’s) generous support, we are able to provide unique arts programming throughout the year such as Student Art Club, Gallery Exhibits, Artist Receptions, Adult Art Workshops and Pottery Classes.
“We cannot thank everyone enough for their support of the arts in Sampson County,” she concluded.
Winners in the first flight included:
First Place: Carr – Bob Carr, Wendy Carr, Spell Carr, Brooks Barwick
Second Place: Thornton Ventures – Jeff Heath, Randy Barefoot, Randy Wiggins, Tommy Barker
Winners in the second flight included:
First Place: Deacon Jones – Emmitt Smith, Kim Fann, Kevin Beauchamp, Craig Freeman
Second Place: Griffin Team (four generations) — Bryan Griffin, Everett Griffin, Greg Griffin, Hudson Griffin