Thursday, April 4, 2013

Thanks for the Tee!

Small effort. Big success!

The first annual GPTS Golf Challenge raised some $5,000 in gifts and pledges, thanks to the help of a handful of friends of the seminary. With only three "ambassadors" chipping in for the sponsorship fund-raising effort, along with a few pay-to-play golfers and some generous business sponsors, the result was impressive.

Thanks to GPTS Golf Ambassadors John Way of Duncan, S.C.; Garry Moes of Greer, S.C.; and GPTS Alumnus Pastor Mark Marquis of Upton, Mass. for raising thousands in sponsorships from friends, associates and family. John Way earned a $100 prize for top tournament fund-raiser.

Special appreciation is expressed to Ron and Mary Reinink of Greenville, S.C.; David Leslie of D&J Associates International of Greer; Ed Deese from Rochester Insurance of Spartanburg, S.C.; Willis Meadows from Willis Meadows Insurance of Greenville; Michael Simpson from Bank of Tennessee, Kingsport, Tenn.; and Bruce Smith from Yeargins Potter Shackleford Construction Co. of Greenville for generous hole, event and player sponsorships.

Additional golfers contributing fees and gifts were Doug Watson of Kapolei, Hawaii;  Ken Zappone of Denver, N.C.; and B.J. Gorrell of Westminster, California. Thanks to them for their participation in the Mark Marquis-led foursome playing on March 14 at the Preserve at Verdae course. Wes Argabrite, playing for Bank of Tennessee, received two $50 prizes in the "longest drive" and "closest to the hole" contests. Lowest-score prizes went to the winning foursome of John Way, Garry Moes, Wes Argabrite and fellow Bank of Tennessee player Craig Denison.

John White
A big thanks goes to John White of Golf, for Goodness Sake, Inc. our tournament consultant and organizer, who worked above and beyond the call of duty to help make this small tournament a big success. With so few raising so much, think what could be done if we tripled or quadrupled the number of Ambassadors next time!