First Goldbach golf tourney to fund scholarships

By Dean Palmer - Special to the News


On July 28, local golfers will have the opportunity for some friendly competition on the links at Pilot Knob Park while raising college scholarship funds for Surry and Stokes county graduates.

The occasion will be the first annual Ezra Goldbach Foundation Golf Tournament. Play and proceeds will honor the memory of the late Ezra Goldbach and his love for the game of golf.

Ezra Goldbach was the son of Don and Brenna Goldbach of Pinnacle. He was a 2016 graduate of West Stokes High School where he had excelled as a member of the golf team throughout his high school years, eventually earning all-conference honors.

He went on to attend Campbell University, where as a freshman he was studying in the Professional Golf Management program as part of the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business. On the evening of Nov. 3, 2016, he lost his life in an on-campus accident. He was 18 years old.

“Golf was my son’s passion,” Don Goldbach explains. “He was a natural athlete who liked all sports but he took to golf like nothing else. I thought this would be a good way to honor his memory while assisting other students from this area in their academics.”

Play will be in a captain’s choice/scramble format and will be divided into a morning and afternoon session. Lunch will be served from 1-2 pm. Response to the tournament has already been good with all slots for morning play having been filled. A limited number of spaces for afternoon play, beginning with a shotgun start at 2 pm, are still available.

A silent auction featuring a wide assortment of donated items will also be held to raise additional funds. While many of the items are golf related, other items of interest will also be offered and the auction is open to anyone.

Cost to play is $300 per four-player team. Tee sponsorships are also available to local businesses through July 15.

Registration information is available by emailing Don Goldbach at or by calling 336-655-6465.


By Dean Palmer

Special to the News

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