FLORENCE, S.C. – The inaugural Sylvia Hatchell Francis Marion University Golf Challenge, held June 11 at the Country Club of South Carolina, raised more than $32,000.
The proceeds go to an endowed women’s basketball scholarship in Hatchell’s name and toward academic scholarships at FMU.
The golf challenge featured a field of golfers, many of whom played 100 holes during the one-day event.
“We were very pleased with the turnout and support for this first-time event,” said FMU athletic director Murray Hartzler. “This was the first time we have tried something like this, and I would call it a success – everyone had a great time and we raised a substantial amount of money. The proceeds will help both the academic and athletic missions of the university.
“This event, coupled with our most successful athletic auction ever (raised over $12,000), held last February, will help the university compete at the highest levels of NCAA Division II.
“I want to thank the FMU family, the Florence community, and the Pee Dee region for their support of Patriot athletics. I also want to remind everyone that additional support, both in attendance at events and monetary gifts, is always welcome.”
Hatchell, currently the women’s basketball head coach at the University of North Carolina, directed the FMU women’s cage program from 1975 to 1986. Believed to be the only collegiate cage coach to win national championships under three different affiliations (AIAW, NAIA, NCAA), she has a career coaching mark of 541-213 in 24 seasons.
The third-annual auction was held during basketball season and involved more than 250 items. Its proceeds far surpassed the combined total raised at the initial two auctions.