Sampson Independent

Martin golf event set for August

The annual Michael Martin Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament, sponsored by Friendly Mart, will be upon golfers before they know it. The event this year will be held on Thursday, Aug. 16, teeing off at 8:30 a.m. at the Southern Wayne Country Club.

The tournament is held annually in memory of NC Highway Patrolman Michael Martin, a University of Mount Olive alumnus who was killed in the line of duty.

Participants will be served breakfast and lunch during the event and will also have a chance to win a new car.

Stevens Sausage will serve fresh sausage for breakfast from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Lunch will be catered by McCalls Bar-B-Que & Seafood. There will also be a hole-in-one contest sponsored by Sale Auto Mall in which the first player with a hole-in-one on a designated hole will win a new car.

The cost for the event is $80 per player or $320 per team. The entry fee includes cart, food and beverages. Entries must be received by Monday, Aug. 1. The field will be limited to the first 200 players with paid entries. There will also be a silent auction. All contributions will go directly into the Michael Martin Memorial Scholarship Fund and the University of Mount Olive Trojan Club.

All expenses of the tournament, in excess of player entry fees, are underwritten by Friendly Mart, a locally-owned and operated group of convenience stores headquartered in Mount Olive. The company operates 19 stores throughout Eastern NC. Eleven of the stores also have full deli’s featuring “Picadilly” pizza, along with burgers and hot dogs.

“We are proud to sponsor this tournament and give back to the community,” said Neil Price, vice president and general manager of Friendly Mart.

For more information about the tournament, contact Price at 919-738-7072 or via email at

Members of the 2017 Michael Martin Planning Committee. of the 2017 Michael Martin Planning Committee.
Eager golfers prepare to take the course during last year’s Michael Martin Golf Tournament. golfers prepare to take the course during last year’s Michael Martin Golf Tournament.
Michael Martin Golf Tournament set for Aug. 16th

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