FLORENCE, S.C. - The Francis Marion University golf program was the beneficiary of a check for more than $13,000 from the third-annual “Carolina Bank Corporate Challenge” golf tournament, hosted by The Country Club of South Carolina this past September.
The event drew a full field of 124 local business executives, who contributed to the success of this annual fund-raising tournament. The proceeds will be used to fund a scholarship and also meet some of the FMU golf program’s operating needs. Accepting the check on behalf of Francis Marion were golf coach Mark Gaynor and university president Fred Carter.
Additional proceeds from the tournament went to the South Carolina Junior Golf Association.
Carolina Bank President Rick Beasley recently expressed his bank’s pleasure in holding this event. “This year’s tournament was highly successful. The full field of participants allowed us to maximize the donations to our beneficiaries who are dedicated to teaching the lifetime values of golf to the youth of South Carolina.”
“The resources we receive from the Carolina Bank Corporate Challenge aid our program immensely,” stated Gaynor. “We value our relationship with Carolina Bank, and our recent national championship is evidence of how their financial help allows us to compete at the highest levels of (NCAA) Division II. We are very gracious for the support of Carolina Bank and all those who participate in the Corporate Challenge.”
Francis Marion, the defending NCAA Division II national champion, is currently ranked fifth in the latest Division II national poll following its fall portion of the schedule.
In three years, the event has raised more than $46,000 for the FMU golf program. The 2004 Carolina Bank Corporate Challenge will be held in September at the Country Club of South Carolina.
Carolina Bank operates 15 branch offices in six counties throughout the Pee Dee region and Horry County and employs 180 personnel. With $250 million in assets, the bank is one of the oldest and largest independent banks in South Carolina. Since its founding in 1936, Carolina Bank has never been known by any other name and is still owned and managed by its founding family.