VGCC Golf Tournament brings in more than $110,000


Vance-Granville Community College recently held its annual Endowment Fund Golf Tournament at the Henderson Country Club, raising more than $110,000. Proceeds will help fund scholarships for deserving students and support the mission of the College.

Delayed from its traditional spring date due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 36th annual tournament was presented by Gupton Services, Inc., of Henderson. This year’s fundraiser brought the total amount generated by all VGCC golf tournaments since 1985 to more than $1.2 million.

“We are extremely grateful for the community’s continuing support of VGCC, as expressed through yet another successful tournament,” said VGCC President Dr. Rachel Desmarais. “Our region’s civic and business leaders know that our community college is a key driver of workforce and economic development.”

“Thanks to the contributions of numerous golfers and sponsors, our Endowment Fund will have more resources to help students continue their education, so that they can prepare for careers and enjoy a brighter future,” added VGCC Endowment Director Eddie Ferguson.

A total of 128 golfers played this year, with 64 competing on Monday, Sept. 14, and the other 64 playing in a separate round on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

In the Monday round, the MR Williams team of Chris Cheever, Dennis Lambert, Daniel Faulkner, and Tyler Beauchamp took home the “first net” trophy. The Golden Skillet team of David Fairey, Steven Wright, Steve Wright, and Steve Wright won “second net.” The “first gross” trophy went to the Novozymes team of Fred Reikowsky, James Massey, Vinny Veruto, and Mark Lasher. The Mast Drug team of Andrew Flye, Jan Fletcher, Rusty Crocker, and Kirt Meadows took home “second gross.”

In the Tuesday round, the Salvation Army team (sponsored by Gupton Services) of Derrick Smith, Chad Langley, Wes MacLawhorn, and Danny Wilkerson finished with the “first net” score. The Carolina Commonwealth team of Kenny Abbott, David Farrie, Mike Faulkner, and Tommy Ross won “second net.” The “first gross” trophy went to the Institutional Interiors team of Tim Hill, Mike Baskett, Billy Stanton, and Macy Foster. The Carolina Sunrock team of Blake Montgomery, Zach Satterwhite, Greg Johnson, and Eric Royster took home “second gross.”

P.J. Schleiger took the longest-drive prize on Hole 1 on Monday, and Trey Watkins won the closest-to-the-pin prize on Hole 11.

Danny Wilkerson had the longest drive on Tuesday, while Greg Johnson won the closest-to-the pin prize.

Each year, the golf tournament is the major fundraising event for the VGCC Endowment Fund, through which more than 9,700 scholarships have been awarded to students since 1982. Scholarships have been established by individuals, industries, businesses, civic groups, and churches, as well as the College’s faculty and staff. For more information, call (252) 738-3409.

Numerous companies and individuals supported the VGCC tournament as sponsors, along with presenting sponsor Gupton Services, Inc.

Premier Sponsors included the following:

Henderson Fruit and Produce
Glen Raven
Wester Insurance Agency
Durham Coca-Cola
First Citizens Wealth
Charles Boyd Chevrolet Buick GMC
Duke Energy
Private Wealth Management of N.C.
Novozymes North America, Inc.
Universal Leaf North America U.S., Inc.
Robling Medical
Union Bank
Bridgestone Bandag Tire
Carolina Commonwealth
Rose Oil Company, Inc.
Granville Health System
John Nelms, Jr.
MR Williams
Kilian Engineering
Mast Drug Company
Coldwell Banker Advantage

Platinum Sponsors included the following:

Core & Main
Variety Stores, Inc.
Institutional Interiors
Henderson Collegiate
Oxford Prep

Gold Sponsors included the following:

Winston International
Golden Skillet
Carolina Sunrock

Contributors included the following:

Mako Medical Laboratories
Joe and Betty Jo Hamme
Newton Instrument Company
Jim Beck
Tru-Green Landscaping
Jim Crawford
ARC3 Gases
Dr. Ben Currin
B & R Properties & Development
Judge Henry and Mamie Banks
Donald Seifert
Sarah Baskerville
Walmart Distribution

Green Sponsors included the following:

Greystone Concrete Products
Backyard Retreat
Barnett Real Properties, Inc.
RFR Metal Fabrication
Wake Electric Membership Corp.
Nick & Sons Truck Repair
Vescom North America
JM White Funeral Home
Watkins Plumbing
HG Reynolds
NT Techno
May & Place
Dill Air Controls Products
International Paper

Tee Box Sponsors included the following:

AAA Gas & Appliance Company
Hight Warehouse
Encore Tech
Comfort Zone
Granville County EDC
Hicks & Wrenn
Mosely Plumbing Company, Inc.
WOW Wash on Wheels
Sunrise Biscuits of Oxford
Century 21 Country Knolls Realty, Inc.
One Source Document Solutions
Carolina Country Snacks
Banzet, Thompson, Styers & May
City Tire, Inc.
Cross & Currin Attorneys
Southern Educational Systems
Vance Construction Company
Stainback, Satterwhite & Zollicoffer, PLLC
Phillips Dorsey Thomas Waters & Brafford, P.A.
Whitco Bug Warriors
Frazco, Inc. Insurance – Real Estate
Marsha J. Nelson
Brame Specialty
William L. Stark and Company
Dave Carver
Pete Smith’s Tire and Quick Lube
Dabney Drive Animal Hospital
Alex Drake, DDS, PA
Sherman & Boddie, Inc.
Ahner Security
H & W Investments
Henderson-Vance EDC
Benchmark Community Bank
Medical Arts Pharmacy
Ag Carolina Farm Credit
Hall’s Floor Fashions, Inc.
Will Jakes-Edward Jones
Fred’s Towing & Transport, Inc.
Professional Pharmacy
C & P Body Shop
Mack Choplin
Postal Plus Business Center
Waste Industries
MPACT Solutions, LLC
Eddie and Debra Ferguson