FLORENCE, S.C. - The Francis Marion University golf program was the beneficiary of a check for more than $20,000 from the fourth-annual “Carolina Bank Corporate Challenge” golf tournament, hosted by The Country Club of South Carolina this past September.
The event drew a field of 108 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, athletic director Murray Hartzler, 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 field of participants allowed us to maximize the donations to our beneficiary, which is dedicated to teaching the lifetime values of golf to the youth of South Carolina.”
“We are very grateful for the support of Carolina Bank and all those who participated in the Corporate Challenge,” stated Gaynor. “The resources we receive from this event are invaluable. Our program would not be where it is today, a national power on the NCAA Division II level, without the support of the Carolina Bank Corporate Challenge. We value our relationship with Carolina Bank, and hope that it will continue for many years.”
Francis Marion, the 2003 NCAA Division II national champion, opens the 2005 portion of its schedule Feb. 13-15 at the Matlock Invitational Tournament in Lakeland, Fla.
In four years, the event has raised more than $67,000 for the FMU golf program. The 2005 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 $270 million in assets, the bank is one of the oldest and largest independent banks in South Carolina. Founded as Carolina Bank in 1936, the bank is still owned and managed by its founding family.