Warm weather and the chance to use those new clubs for charity brought a number of players to the Jacksonville Country Club on Saturday morning to participate in the 9th Annual Onslow Caring Communities Foundation golf tournament.
The mood was cheerful as 17 teams first enjoyed a hearty breakfast donated by Billy Sewell of Platinum Corral and then hit the links for a 10:00 a.m. shotgun start.
The Jones-Onslow Electrical Membership Cooperative team, comprised of Jeff Allen, Jeff Clark, Darryl Baysden and Chip Summerlin, captured first place with an adjusted score of 52.50 on the par 72 course.
“The weather was really key to our success this year,” said Steve Wangerin, Foundation board president. “You never would have believed that we had snow everywhere last weekend. Registration was slow until folks realized that Saturday would be a great day to play golf.”
“We also want to thank all of our sponsors for their continued support of this tournament,” said Wangerin. “We had more than 50 local businesses and individuals
sponsor holes, and our lead event sponsors were Stevenson Automotive Group, W.T. Humphrey, Inc., First Citizens Bank and Jones-Onslow Electrical Membership Cooperative.
“Stevenson Automotive also provided two cars as hole-in-one prizes, but no one won a car this year, although Ray Mann, Sr. had a hole-in-one on the 4th hole.”
The Onslow Caring Communities Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, uses proceeds from the annual tournament to support local nonprofit organizations through an annual grant application process.
Since 2001, the Foundation has made more than $269,000 in grants to Onslow County nonprofits. Local board members include Steve Wangerin (President), Budda Howard, Philip Cherry, Kern Everett, Dr. Todd Fischer, Hunter Hadley, Glenn Hargett, Rod Martin, Dr. Kenneth Morgan, Sr., Debbi Ray Rouse, John Stevenson, Boyd Tisdale and Dr. Greg Williams.
Anyone wishing to learn more about the Onslow County Community Foundation may contact a local board member or call the North Carolina Community Foundation’s Southeastern office at (910) 509-7256.