ECC Golf Tournament Celebrates 30 Years
In the last 30 years, the Edgecombe Community College Foundation’s Annual Golf Tournament has generated a whopping $400,000 for student scholarships.
On September 17, the event celebrated its 30th year by raising about $21,000 and bringing back the winning team from the 1985 tournament: Curtis Edmondson, Junior Edmondson, Charlie Harrell, and Carl Thurber.
Curtis Edmondson has played in all 30 tournaments. “We won the first one, then it took us another 20 years to win again,” he says, adding that his team has won four or five times over the years, including this year.
Edmonson says he plays in the tournament every year to honor his family and support the college. His father-in-law, Jack Havens, was the first chair of the ECC Board of Trustees. The Havens Building on the Tarboro campus is named in his honor.
A member of the ECC Foundation Board of Directors, Edmondson is committed to the college and its efforts to raise scholarship funds for “students who want to get an education but need a little help.”
The 1985 Winning Team members hit the ceremonial tee ball and were recognized several times throughout the day, most notably by a special banner on their golf cart.
The tournament was held at Maccripine Country Club. Thirty-six teams played in the tournament, which is the largest fundraiser for the college.
First-place winner was the Edmondson Insurance Agency, followed by Edgecombe Garage Doors, 2nd; OSSID, 3rd; Piggly Wiggly of Tarboro, 4th, and the 1985 Winning Team, 5th.
“It’s a great day for us, but our students are the real winners,” says Karen Andrus, executive director of the ECC Foundation.
“We are very grateful for the support of our sponsors, our volunteers, and especially our golfers. Year after year, they come out to be a part of our special tournament. It’s truly a wonderful day.”
Corporate sponsors of the golf tournament were Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant and Keihin Carolina System Technology, who provided a 2015 Honda Fit EX as a hole-in-one prize.
Gold sponsors were Barnhill Contracting, Edgecombe Martin County EMC, and Tyson Foods.
Silver sponsors were DeLoatch, Hinton & Peters, PLLC; Edgecombe Garage Doors; Hartcom; SunDrop Bottling Company; and Twin County Motorsports.
Fairway sponsors were Hartwell’s Team, Institutional Interiors, Kanban Logistics, Parkway Ag, Piedmont Natural Gas, Piggly Wiggly of Tarboro, and Providence Bank.