CSM golf tour­na­ment raises $74K for foun­da­tion

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Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land’s friends raised $73,687 in spon­sor­ships and in-kind do­na­tions at the CSM Foun­da­tion’s 25th An­nual Golf Classic. The tour­na­ment, held at Swan Point Yacht & Coun­try Club on Aug. 18, sup­ports CSM Foun­da­tion ini­tia­tives which in­clude ath­let­ics and stu­dent schol­ar­ships for credit and work­force de­vel­op­ment pro­grams.

It was the 15th year that Mar­rick Homes has been the tour­na­ment’s grand spon­sor.

“Over its life­time, this sig­na­ture event has brought to­gether golf en­thu­si­asts, col­lege alumni, com­mu­nity lead­ers and the busi­ness com­mu­nity to raise more than $700,000 for schol­ar­ships for CSM stu­dents as well as for CSM ath­letic pro­grams,” CSM Pres­i­dent Brad Got­tfried said in a press re­lease.

Stu­dent-ath­letes were on-hand as vol­un­teers and to pro­vide a rous­ing send­off for the 148 golfers to start play.

Roger Welch, a former CSM stu­dent, 2002 NJCAA Na­tional Golf Cham­pion and CSM 2014 Hall of Fame in­ductee, stayed at the par-4 sec­ond hole, where he would take a drive for any four­some to raise money for the CSM Alumni Schol­ar­ship.

A Sip & Swing event, spon­sored by G.S. Proc­tor & As­so­ci­ates, was held for the sec­ond year for alumni and friends who were un­able to de­vote time to play 18 holes of golf. The event be­gan with a four-course wine and food tast­ing and then moved out to the driv­ing range and putting green for clin­ics on putting, chip­ping and driv­ing.

After a shot­gun start at 9 a.m. and lunch on the course, golfers and par­tic­i­pants in the Sip & Swing in­struc­tion ses­sions made their way to the club­house to hear from the event’s hon­orary chair­man, state Sen. Thomas “Mac” Mid­dle­ton (D-Charles) dur­ing din­ner. This year marks the 50th an­niver­sary of his grad­u­a­tion from CSM.

Mid­dle­ton shared his mem­o­ries of the early years of his col­lege ca­reer — from the var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in La Plata that housed the col­lege, to the of­fer­ings of only night classes, to fac­ulty mem­bers and his time on the bas­ket­ball team.

“I was on the team be­cause they needed some­body. I didn’t know how to play bas­ket­ball. … I was ac­tu­ally a bench­warmer,” he joked, be­fore not­ing that he only made one bas­ket in his en­tire ca­reer on the team.

“The Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land has been a big part of my life,” Mid­dle­ton said. “I con­sider the col­lege the jewel, the crown jewel, of South­ern Mary­land. It is one of the best in­sti­tu­tions, the best com­mu­nity col­leges in the en­tire [Mary­land As­so­ci­a­tion of Com­mu­nity Col­leges] sys­tem, as far as I’m con­cerned. I just look at the years, and how we started with 14 stu­dents. … Now look at where we are.”

Tour­na­ment first-place hon­ors went to the team from McDon­ald & Eudy Print­ers Inc. — Kevin Bowen, John Bowl­ing, Cas Dick­er­son and Michael McDon­ald Sr. Sec­ond place went to the Ra­ley Watts & O’Neill team of David Bean, Ge­orge Heinze, Shan­non Mis­ner and Joe O’Neill. The third­place team — Dale Cor­nette, Don­nie Mis­ter, Chris Simp­son and Gary Simp­son — was from Simp­son’s Olde Towne In­sur­ance and Ledo Pizza of La Plata. The 25th-place com­mem­o­ra­tive tro­phy went to the Sine fam­ily team of Evan Sine, Joan Sine, Tara Sine Lan­dis and An­drea Sine Watkins.

Clos­est-to-the-pin con­test win­ners were Brian Comp­ton and Leah Estevez. Long­est-drive con­test win­ners were D.R. Cox and Watkins. Straight­est-drive con­test win­ners were Danny Michael and Hemp­stead.

Cor­po­rate spon­sors were Chris Rush and Mark Posten, Ed­u­ca­tional Sys­tems Fed­eral Credit Union, Mary­land In­de­pen­dent and Old Line Bank. Mul­li­gan spon­sors were McDon­ald & Eudy Print­ers Inc., SMECO and Univer­sity of Mary­land Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter. Com­mu­nity Part­ner spon­sors were Calvert Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal, Cold­well Banker Jay Lilly Real Es­tate, Com­mu­nity Bank of the Ch­e­sa­peake, DRN En­vi­ron­men­tal So­lu­tions LLC, Nancy Hemp­stead, Pick­ett & Oliv­e­rio LLP, Qual­ity Built Homes, Spe­cial­ized Pat­terns in Train­ing and The Rex. Bay­side Auto Group was the spon­sor of the Hole in One to Win a 2016 Kia Op­tima.

Putting-con­test spon­sors were Com­mu­nity Bank of the Ch­e­sa­peake and Ra­ley Watts & O’Neill. Con­test spon­sors were Buddy Sprague, Dixie Miller and Jim Rit­ter, Ed­u­ca­tional Sys­tems Fed­eral Credit Union, Mar­rick Homes and South­ern So­lu­tions LLC. Food and bev­er­age spon­sors were Boz­ick Dis­trib­u­tors, Burger King of South­ern Mary­land, CDL Inc., Chick-fil-A of La Plata, Club­tails, Food Lion of La Plata and Giant of La Plata. In-kind do­na­tions were pro­vided by Ap­ple Spice Junc­tion, The Carousel, Jo­son Fine Jew­elry and Home Bou­tique, Kem­per Prop­er­ties, Ledo Pizza of La Plata and Pro­forma John­ston & As­so­ci­ates.

The CSM Foun­da­tion’s 26th An­nual Golf Classic will be Aug. 10, 2017. Mar­rick Homes has pledged sup­port for the event through 2019.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

Mar­rick Homes Schol­ar­ship win­ners at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land at­tended the 25th An­nual Golf Classic on Aug. 18 at Swan Point Yacht & Coun­try Club. From left are CSM stu­dent-ath­lete Cor­rine Fer­nald; Rick Bai­ley Jr., Mar­rick Homes vice pres­i­dent; CSM stu­dent-ath­lete Will Parr; and CSM Pres­i­dent Brad Got­tfried. Mar­rick Homes was the golf tour­ney’s grand spon­sor.

The first-place team at the 25th An­nual Golf Classic on Aug. 18 at Swan Point Yacht & Coun­try Club was from McDon­ald & Eudy Print­ers Inc. – Michael McDon­ald Sr., left, Kevin Bowen, Cas Dick­er­son and John Bowl­ing.

From left, Vic Sa­muels, Ber­nice Brez­ina, Dixie Miller, He­len Heier, Mary Du­ley Guy and Sheila Draper re­ceive putting in­struc­tions from Swan Point’s PGA Head Golf Pro Robbie Early, right, dur­ing the Sip & Swing spon­sored by G.S. Proc­tor & As­so­ci­ates. Those at­tend­ing split the time learn­ing proper tech­niques for putting, chip­ping and full swing.

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