Western Piedmont Foundation’s 34th Annual Golf Classic Held


Photos of tournament winners.

Western Piedmont Foundation’s 34th Annual Golf Classic recently held at Mimosa Hills Country Club. First Place Gross award winners were the Pepsi-Cola Bottling team of (left to right), Trent Scruggs, Sammy Burnett, Dave Kastelic and Joe Kastelic.

June 4, 2018. – The Western Piedmont Foundation’s 34th Annual Golf Classic was recently held at Mimosa Hills Country Club.  Nearly 100 golfers attended the event to help raise funding the Foundation uses to support the Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC) community.

“We appreciate each and every player, sponsor and volunteer who made this event possible,” said Atticus Simpson, executive director of the Western Piedmont Foundation (WPF).

Proceeds from the event go to support cultural arts programs offered on campus for the community, employee performance awards and a mini-grant program that encourages the pursuit of innovative teaching strategies, active learning projects and professional development.

“Congratulations to our tournament winners and thank you for each team that took time out of their busy schedules to support us and make it possible for the Foundation to support our students and Burke County,” said Simpson.  “We would especially like to thank our main sponsors Morganton Savings Bank and Buffalo Wild Wings because without their support, this tournament would not have been as successful as it was.”

This year’s tournament included special recognitions for long-time supports of the Western Piedmont Foundation Odell Witherspoon, Bob Small and Larry McMahon.  These individuals have played in each of the Foundation’s golf tournaments and were recognized by Simpson in front of the field of golfers gathered around the first tee box at Mimossa Hills Country Club.  Each were presented a gift and recognized for their commitment to the Foundation and the College.

In addition, Dan Dobson, Mimosa Hills Country Club retired golf professional/general manager and WPCC alumnus, was recognized for his years of providing support to the Western Piedmont Golf Classic.  After receiving a gift from Simpson, on behalf of the Foundation, Dobson served as the honorary starter for this year’s tournament with a drive straight down middle of the fairway.

First place winners with the lowest gross score this year were Dave and Joe Kastelic, Sammy Burnett and Trent Scruggs representing Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company.  First place winners with the lowest net score were Jamie Hightower, Mike McNeely, Tony Sams and Allen Thomas representing Case Farms.

Hole sponsors for the event included: Brown & Neuwirth; Burke County Public Schools; Byrd, Byrd, McMahon, Denton PA; Carolinas HealthCare System-Blue Ridge; Edward Jones; The Ernie St. Louis Family; First Citizens Bank; Hexion; Labella Associates; Mimosa Insurance Agency; Molded Fiber Glass; North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics; Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company; Sossoman Funeral Home; Wells Fargo; Wendy B’s; Work In Burke; and WPCC/WCU Partners in Education.

Several companies and individuals who donated products and services included CBS Sports, Mimosa Hills Pro Shop, Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company, Piedmont Vending, Price Ice, and Wal-Mart.

“The support we received from these local businesses and individuals made it possible for us to have another successful tournament,” said Simpson. “They make it possible for the College to improve lives and promote growth in our community and we deeply appreciate their support.”

The 35th Annual Golf Classic is scheduled for Monday, May 6, 2019 at Mimosa Hills County Club in Morganton.

Western Piedmont Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization, was founded to encourage and develop public and private support for Western Piedmont Community College beyond that provided by county, state, and federal funds. Created in 1967, WPF was among the first fund-raising organizations within the NC Community College System.  Many needs exist which are not sufficiently provided for by public sources, and private contributions assist the College in maintaining a margin of excellence above the average. Individuals or organizations wishing to assist the College may do so by making tax deductible donations of equipment, cash, bonds, stocks, real estate, trusts, life insurance, or bequests.  To make a gift online, visit www.wpcc.edu/foundation or to learn more, contact Atticus Simpson (828) 448-3120 or at asimpson@wpcc.edu.

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