Thursday, December 6, 2012

The First Annual GPTS Golf Challenge

Plans are underway for the First Annual GPTS Golf Challenge, a fund-raising tournament to be held on the afternoon of March 14, 2013, following the close of our Spring Theology Conference. In past years, a handful friends of the seminary have joined President Pipa for a recreational round of golf following the conference. This year we are working with a professional consultant to stage a blockbuster golf outing designed to raise both new friends and new funds for the seminary. Our goal is to net $20,000 or more!

The GPTS Golf Challenge will be held at The Preserve at Verdae Greens, a prestigious championship course in Greenville, S.C. Carved into a lush Carolina Forest with hills and mountain-like brooks, The Preserve at Verdae is both scenic and challenging to play.

The first step in creating this event will be identifying 5-10 select influential "Captains" with a circle of golf-enthusiast friends to invite to play in the tournament. Tournament Captains will be asked to attend an orientation meeting in the seminary Board Room at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, January 14, 2013. Captains, among other things, will recruit up to 20 players to be invited to participate in the "shotgun-style" tournament. The invited players, known as GPTS "Ambassadors," will in turn find individual and corporate sponsors for their round. The tournament may also be opened to a number of "pay-to-play" golfers.

The day's tournament will be followed by a buffet dinner at the adjacent Embassy Suites Greenville Golf Resort and Conference Center. Guests will have an opportunity to learn more about the ministry and impact of Greenville Seminary. Also at the dinner, valuable prizes (e.g. iPods to ocean cruises) will be awarded for top fund-raisers and for various contests which will be featured during the tournament, such as "lowest score," "longest drive" and "closest to the pin."

To help us gauge interest in the tournament, would you be so kind as to participate in the brief poll in the right column of this newsletter.

More information about the 2013 GPTS Golf Challenge will be forthcoming in the near future. If you are contacted by one of our Captains or Ambassadors, please give careful consideration to how you might be able to support this "friending and funding" effort.