ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College exceeded its $100,000 goal for the 2016 Spring Classic Golf Tournament, raising $118,286 in support of its Highlands Scholar program. The two-day gathering of approximately 100 alumni and friends at Sun ‘N Lake Golf Club in Sebring, Fla., concluded Wednesday with an awards ceremony spotlighting top scoring players and lauding the success of the event that benefits students from throughout West Virginia.
Of the total amount raised, $104,250 represents tournament sponsorships and gifts from trustees, alumni and friends of the College in the Randolph County area and beyond. Another $6,110 was raised through the Tournament silent auction. A total of $2,200 of the auction proceeds came from bidders for two quilts made by Wendy Morgan, D&E graduate and director of alumni engagement and support at the College.
In expressing appreciation for the resounding success of the tournament, D&E President ‘Buck’ Smith commented, “We are grateful to Trustee Dick Seybolt for once again leading this effort to help students from West Virginia get a college education. It’s quite a remarkable thing that sponsors and participants from Elkins and across the country come together in Central Florida in support of a college in Central West Virginia.”
Tournament sponsor was D&E Trustee and alumna Karen Berner from Yardley, Pa. Additional support was provided by Platinum Sponsors Douglas C. Lane & Associates of New York City and the Snowshoe Foundation of Snowshoe, W.Va..; Gold Sponsors Davis Trust Co. of Elkins and March-Westin Co. Inc. of Morgantown, W.Va..; Silver Sponsors D&E Trustee and alumnus Dick Seybolt and Diamond Coach Corp. of Oswego, Kan., D&E Trustee and alumni Reggie and Dee Owens of Memphis, Tenn., and D&E President ‘Buck’ and Joni Smith.
Hole sponsors included Bialek Insurance Agency; Brown, Edwards & Co. LLP; Direct Axis; First Energy Foundation; Hinzman Auto Repair & Refinish; D&E Trustee Paul and Karen Stirrup; McDonald’s of Elkins; Mountain Valley Bank; Reckart Logistics Inc.; US Food Service and Otis Winters of Tulsa, Okla.
Team awards presented were: first-place trophy, Donnie Corbin, Cory Dillinger, Scott Goddard and Chris Young; second-place trophy, March-Westin team, Erik Edwards, Scott Gyorko and Jay Scorzetti; and third-place trophy, Jamie Dearien, Ali Forsythe, Greg Myers and Bob Wolf. Among the hole prizes presented were Bob Wolf, closest to the pin on hole 18; Erik Edwards, closest to the pin on hole 2; Scott Gyorko, longest drive men; and Linda Smith, straightest drive.
The Tournament brought together Davis & Elkins alumni, friends and College representatives for two days filled with golf and fun to support the College’s Highlands Scholar program. The Senator golf team also assisted with the Tournament by offering tips and stepping in to substitute play, raising $1,111 from tournament participants while on the course.
Two of the golf team members, freshman Braden Hammond and sophomore Kollin Hopwood, did double duty. As residents of Elkins and recipients of the Highlands Scholarship, they shared their personal experiences and gratitude for making a private education more affordable.
Hammond and Hopwood are among the 746 students who have benefitted from the Highlands Scholar program since its inception at the start of the 2009-2010 academic year. The program originally served students from the seven area counties contiguous to the College – Barbour, Pendleton, Pocahontas, Randolph, Tucker, Upshur and Webster. Those graduating with a high school GPA of at least 2.5 are eligible to receive $76,000 for four years as a residential student or $64,000 for four years as a commuting student. Those graduating with a GPA of 3.8 or higher are eligible to receive $80,000 for four years as a residential student or $68,000 for four years as a commuting student.
The Highlands Scholar program was expanded in 2015 to encompass all 55 West Virginia counties. Students residing outside the seven-county region graduating with a GPA of 2.5 or higher are eligible to receive $56,000 for four years as a residential student or $44,000 for four years as a commuting student.
Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.
Photo Caption: Davis & Elkins College freshman Jack Gibson, a member of the Senator golf team, presents the 2016 Spring Classic Golf Tournament first-place team award to, from left, Vice President for Student Affairs Scott Goddard, ’96, alumnus Cory Dillinger, ’11, Assistant Director of Development and Marketing Chris Young, ’13, and Donnie Corbin. The second annual event to benefit the Highlands Scholar program took place March 8 and 9 in Sebring, Fla.
Photo Caption: Davis & Elkins College freshman Leigh Lawson, a member of the Senator golf team, presents the 2016 Spring Classic Golf Tournament second-place team award to, from left, Scott Gyorko, Jay Scorzetti and Erik Edwards.
Photo Caption: Davis & Elkins College freshman Ben Marshall, a member of the Senator golf team, presents the 2016 Spring Classic Golf Tournament third-place team award to, from left, Assistant Director of Accounting Alasdair Forsythe, ’12, and alumnus Bob Wolf, ’71. Not pictured are team members Head Athletic Trainer Jamie Dearien and Greg Myers.