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.
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.