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2004

Carolina Bank Corporate Challenge Tournament Set for 4th Year

        FLORENCE, SC - The Francis Marion University golf program and the South Carolina Junior Golf Association will continue to be the designated beneficiaries of the fourth-annual Carolina Bank Corporate Challenge golf tournament scheduled for Sept. 9-10.  The 36-hole event will again be hosted by The Country Club of South Carolina in Florence.

        The Challenge is 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 and individuals from throughout the Pee Dee region and the state. Players will be competing for personal prizes as well as having their corporate name engraved on the tournament’s 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.

        In three years, the event has raised nearly $60,000, of which more than $46,000 has benefited the FMU golf program.

        “The success of this event has been very evident for both the participants and the beneficiaries,” stated Mark Gaynor, head coach of the FMU golf team.  Francis Marion captured the 2003 NCAA Division II national championship, and this past spring won its third Peach Belt Conference crown.  “Proceeds from the Challenge have meant more scholarships and material support for our squad.  This support ultimately contributes to the higher quality of our players and their ability to compete in NCAA golf.  This year, I am looking forward to another wonderfully competitive 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.

        Carolina Bank President Rick Beasley noted that the event has developed a solid core of repeat groups, many of whom have participated all three years. “Our tournament has gained a great following of generous business people who care about the future of South Carolina’s youth and express that concern through their participation and support for a very worthy cause.”

        Carolina Bank operates 15 branch offices in six counties throughout the Pee Dee region and Horry County and employs 180 personnel. With $200 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.

        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 first- and second-stage qualifying for the PGA TOUR and home site of 10 years for the South Carolina Classic, a NATIONWIDE TOUR event.

        For further information contact Gaynor at 843-661-1352 or the golf shop at The Country Club of South Carolina at 843-669-1838.

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Last Published: July 1, 2004 12:25 PM
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