The Surry County Schools Educational Foundation raised more than $25,000 recently during its Seventh Annual Academic Golf Classic Tournament.
“The foundation is so grateful for its sponsors and donors of this tournament,” said John Priddy, foundation chairman. “The generosity of all of our supporters helps the foundation to create unique learning opportunities for students and teachers throughout the year.”
There were 35 golf teams in the day-long event, held at Pilot Knob Park Country Club.
Before the morning tee time, the East Surry High School chorus sang the national anthem while the East Surry JROTC presented the colors. The East Surry band played the national anthem and the JROTC presented the colors before the afternoon tee time as well.
A lunch buffet of hamburgers and hot dogs was offered between the morning and afternoon events. The lunch sponsors were Choice Metal Buildings, Classic Business Systems, and Foothill Flooring, Inc.
In the morning flight, the Rockford Elementary School team, sponsored by Royster & Royster, PLLC, won first place with a score of 54. The Surry Central High School team, sponsored by AAR of NC, Inc., took second place with a 55 score. Chase Hardy was the closest to the pin on hole #6 and Derrick Mitchell was the closest to the pin on hole #11. Maggie McCormick was the women’s longest drive winner and Derek Ward was the men’s longest drive winner.
In the afternoon flight, the Surry Insurance team grabbed first place with a score of 54, and second place went to the team of Seven Oaks Doors & Hardware Inc., with a 56 score. Johnny Solomon was the closest to the pin on hole #6 and Mike Harrison was the closest to the pin on hole #11. The women’s longest drive winner was Summer Currin and Will Sheppard was the men’s longest drive winner.
First and second place winners for the flights received trophies, and the first place teams also received a box of Titleist golf balls. Longest drive winners received $20 gift certificates to Dick’s Sporting Goods. Closest to pin winners received a sleeve of Titleist golf balls and a gift card for a tour and tasting at Shelton Vineyards for two.
“The continuing support of our event sponsors, donors, and participants continue our mission to improve the educational level of our county and enhance our ability to further education for competition in the global market,” said Priddy.
“The educational foundation strives to increase the level of education in Surry County Schools by helping students pursue higher education and rewarding teachers with professional learning opportunities and extraordinary classroom projects,” the organization said in a written statement. “A total of $65,167 was given to support the students and teachers in Surry County Schools in 2016.”