FLORENCE, S.C. - The Francis Marion University golf program and the South Carolina Junior Golf Association are once again the designated beneficiaries of The Carolina Bank Corporate Challenge being sponsored by Carolina Bank, Sept. 12-13. The 36-hole event will again be hosted by The Country Club of South Carolina in Florence.
The tournament will be a four-player team stroke event, handicapped by 75 percent of USGA handicaps. A maximum field of 32 teams is expected to be filled by corporations located throughout the Pee Dee region and the state. Players will be competing for personal prizes as well as having their corporate name engraved on a perpetual trophy on display at The Country Club of South Carolina. Tournament registration also includes player gifts, lunch, refreshments for both days and a veranda party and awards ceremony following the final day of play.
“The 2001 Carolina Bank Corporate Challenge was a great success for both the participants and the beneficiaries,” stated Jonathan Burnett, director of the FMU golf program. This past year, the Patriots finished 10th at the NCAA Division II national championship tournament and ranked ninth in the final 2002 national poll. “The resources from this event have helped us become one of the strongest golf programs in the country. The successes we have achieved would not have come without the gracious support of Carolina Bank and all those who participated,” said Burnett. “We look forward to another wonderfully competitive 2002 Corporate Challenge.”
The South Carolina Junior Golf Association was established in 1990 with a commitment to passing on golf’s heritage to the youth of South Carolina. It promotes healthy competition, fosters a drive to succeed, and teaches many lessons of life to youths of South Carolina between the ages of eight and 17.
At a recent meeting of tournament committee members, Carolina Bank President Rick Beasley remarked, “Last year’s tournament was well received and we look forward to this year’s event being a great success that will benefit college and junior golf and ultimately provide greater opportunities for South Carolina’s young people. We are welcoming corporations from around the region and state to join us and enter their teams in support of this worthy cause.”
The Country Club of South Carolina’s experience and solid reputation for civic contributions and support of charitable and corporate events make it particularly well suited to host this tournament. Additionally, the course presents a challenging layout that has served as host of second stage qualifying for the PGA Tour and home site of 10 years for the South Carolina Classic, a BUY.COM Tour event.
Further information about the tournament can obtained by contacting The Country Club of South Carolina at 843-669-1838 or Burnett at 843-661-1352.