Paine to host 2nd Annual Golf Tournament with Senior PGA Pro Jim Dent

Posted by ncarter | 08/26/2010 10:58 AM

AUGUSTA, GA) - Paine College invites golfers to the 2nd  Annual Paine College Golf Tournament on Monday, August 30, 2010 at Jones Creek Golf Club in Evans, Georgia. Last year, the tournament raised more than $22, 000 to benefit Paine College golf scholarships and this year the committee plans to raise a lot more.

Golfers who participate will be playing for a worthy cause. All of the proceeds from this tournament will benefit the Paine College Golf Program and golf scholarships. Senior PGA Golfer, Jim Dent will play in the tournament.  Golfers and guests will have a chance to meet and share the course with Dent.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and a complimentary Callaway Demo will take place from 8:45 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.

Shotgun start time is 11:00 a.m. Contest include beat the pro, closest to the pin, longest drive, and hole-in-one. Participants can also look forward to a silent auction, raffles and first, second and third place team prizes. Jones Creek Golf Club will provide brunch for registered golfers and volunteers and Outback Steakhouse will provide dinner during the 19th Hole Reception.

“Partnering with Paine College to increase scholarships for deserving student athletes demonstrates the  community’s strong commitment and willingness to invest in our competitive golf program,” said George C. Bradley, president of Paine College. “Building a robust scholarship fund increases access to a quality education.”

All guest and golfers will have a chance to meet members of the Paine College Golf Team at the 19th Hole Reception.  "The support of the CSRA community from year to year is outstanding," said Hoover Johnson, Jr.,  head golf coach. "My team and I appreciate everything and they play harder because they know the College and the community is backing them 100 percent."

Sponsors such as Phoenix Printing, Double Tree Hotel, Georgia Bank & Trust, Coca-Cola Bottling, Jim Hudson Lexus, Double Tree Hotels, P.F. Changs China Bistro, Outback Steakhouse, Jones Creek Golf Club, and WJBF News Channel 6 support this worthy cause.

Media attending the tournament must report to the registration station to obtain passes. To secure passes in advance, contact Natasha Carter at (706) 396-7591. For more information about the tournament, contact Frances Wimberly at  (706) 821-8233 or (706) 564-3717 on tournament day. Visit www.paine.edu/golf to view 2nd Annual Paine College Golf Tournament Sponsors.

TOURNAMENT HISTORY: The Office of Institutional Advancement decided to actively engage the Augusta community to help the Paine College Golf program evolve into a regionally and nationally ranked team. Brandon P. Brown, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, and Frances D. Wimberly, Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement worked hard to form a committee for the Inaugural Paine College Golf Tournament. The Institutional Advancement staff decided to engage people with knowledge of golf as well as proud Paineites to assist with the organizing duties of the tournament. Kenneth D. Larry, an avid golfer and proud Paine College supporter, joined the committee as chair. Through Larry’s leadership, many others joined the committee to including the honorary chair, PGA tournament player Jim Dent. The committee held its first meeting in April 2009.


Tournament Format
    •    Threesome Lauderdale Play – Captains Choice (A and B flights –1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes)

Tournament Event Schedule
    •    Sunday, August 29, 2010
    ◦    6:00 PM - Paring Party

    •    Monday, August 30, 2010
    ◦    8:30 - 10:30 AM - Registration
    ◦    8:45 - 10:45 AM - Callaway Demo Complimentary golf lessons by golf pros
    ◦    10:00 AM - Brunch
    ◦    11:00 AM - Shotgun Start

For more information about the tournament or Paine College Golf Program visit WWW.PAINE.EDU/GOLF

Paine golf tournment builds on success

Posted by ncarter | 07/21/2010 04:37 AM

Story by David Westin
The Augusta Chronicle

July 20--Last year's inaugural Paine College Golf Tournament was such a rousing success -- the event raised nearly $25,000 for the Lions' golf program -- that it seemed it would be hard to top in 2010.

It appears that won't be a problem. The second annual tournament, set for Aug. 31 at Jones Creek Golf Club, already has another full field of 50 three-man teams, and sponsorship money is up from this time last year.

The field filled up last week. The cost was $300 per three-man team, or $100 for an individual.

"We've got a standby list again," said Kenny Larry, who is back as the chairman of the tournament committee.

Sponsorships are still being accepted. Anyone interested in sponsorships or getting on the waiting list should contact Paine College at (706) 821-8233.

With sponsorship money ahead of last year's pace, thanks in part to a $3,500 donation from one area foundation, the tournament is setting a goal of $50,000 raised for the golf program.

Last year's money went for golf equipment, range finders, scholarships, assisting in recruiting and to cover expenses to send the team to the PGA Minority Golf Championships.

The Paine College Golf Tournament started in response to the fact the Paine team qualified for the minority tournament in 2008, but the trip was canceled, with the school citing lack of funds.

In the wake of an outpouring of public support after word got out about the problem, Frances Wimberly and other Paine officials thought a benefit tournament might help out. It certainly has.

"The tournament is doing very, very well," Larry said.

The tournament is using the same format as last year: a three-man captain's choice. Augusta native and Champions Tour winner Jim Dent will return as honorary chairman and play.

The interest in keeping the tournament strong doesn't surprise Wimberly, who is the assistant vice president of institutional advancement at Paine.

"Many of the people I've talked to so far talked to people who participated in the tournament last year. They like the format," she said. "When I went to talk to sponsors, some were ready."

The only problem so far is a good one. Only 50 teams can go off in the afternoon shotgun start. The course can't handle any more players.

"Because of the response, we're looking at going to a double shotgun start (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) next year," Larry said.

Dent, who attended Paine College before becoming a touring pro, is one of the biggest backers of the tournament. Last year, he had two teams of family members. He turned down complimentary slots and paid for the teams himself. The Tampa, Fla., resident will do the same this year.

"Jim just loves that we're able to have a tournament like this where he's honorary chairman," said Larry, who visited with Dent recently when he was in town. "He feels like he's giving back to the community and he is. His name is a draw."

When Larry was asked to be the committee chairman last year, he said he would only do the first two events, then step aside. It looks like he'll be back next year.

"Frances said, 'Just do it one more year, Ken,' " Larry said. "I told them I'd see. I probably will. It's a lot of work, but it's really rewarding."

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