18th Annual Sampson Classic a Success

As a part of an annual tradition, the Sampson Community College Foundation hosted its Sampson Classic Golf Tournament on Friday, November 6. One of its largest donation events of the year, the golf tournament allows local golfers and businesses to raise funds for student scholarships and faculty outreach. This year, golfers teed off at Lakewood Country Club for a day on the green, and for a chance to give back.

The SCC Foundation was founded more than three decades ago and was designed to generate an awareness and broad community support for the college and to seek external funds through private donors to support the college’s mission. Through that, the Sampson Classic was formed.

As the event kicked off, annual participates greeted each other, while also welcoming newcomers to the fold. Breakfast, sponsored by McDonald’s of Clinton was shared and golfers entered in for door prizes, purchased half and half tickets, and prepared for the tournament. This fun-filled day is also one full of giving and support of Sampson Community College students and their futures.

Butler and Faircloth Real Estate took home 1st place in Flight One. Team members included Sprunt Hill, Don Hill, Phillip Chauncey, and Kyle Best. (Photo Credit, Cheyenne McNeill)

Lisa Turlington, Dean of Advancement and Executive Director of the Foundation, looks forward to event every year. A time to see old friends and long-time donors of SCC, she says the comradery, fun, and support surrounding the event make the hard work worthwhile.

“It is great to have so many friends of the college come together and have fun while raising money for education,” Turlington remarked.

Major corporate sponsors for this year’s Sampson Classic include: Baker Motor Company, Dubose Strapping, Merrill Lynch Purcell Group, Prestage Farms, Deacon Jones of Clinton, and Smithfield Hog Production. 

Silver Sponsors were Bill Starling, Butler & Faircloth Real Estate, Clinton Truck and Tractor, First Citizens Bank, GO of Wilmington, Han-Dee Hugo’s, Hog Slat, Star Communication, Schindler,

BB&T, Crumpler Plastic Pipe, Ezzell Trucking, GF and Sylvia Gainey, Hugh and Nan Caison, Mike Warren, Neal and Jonelle Strickland, and Smithfield of Clinton.

First place in the Flight Two went to Han-Dee-Hugo’s. Team members include Michael Mason Mason, Ashley Odum, Tim Pope, and Evan Johnson. (Photo Credit, Cheyenne McNeill)

Team sponsors were Camoteck, Cintas, Ledmed and Company, Pat Jones, Strickland Wolfpackers, Systel, Duff’s Café, and Coharie Boys. Tee Sponsors included:

B.J. Williamson, Becky & Harold Lail, Black, Chestnutt & Johnson, PA, Cape Fear Farm Credit, Central Construction Group, CMS Farming Co., F.L. Turlington Lumber Co., Howard & Carr, PLLC

Huff Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, International Minute Press, JDS Advertising, Lyman and Penny Horne, Mary Brown, Robert A. Lee & Associates, Sampson Regional Medical Center, Sampson Salvage, Select Bank, Sessoms Jewelry, Simpson and Holland Appraisal Services, Southern Bank, The Jefferson Strickland Family, and Tyson Five.

First place winners of Flight Three was First Citizens Banks. Team members were Brandon Whitley, Trent Sumner, Vince Nelson, and Tim Sumner. (Photo Credit, Cheyenne McNeill)

Co-Chair for the event, Bill Fulton, was pleased with the weather and turnout for the event, especially given the state concerning COVID-19.

“There were several pars and birdies to go around, but at the end of the day, the real winners are the students of Sampson Community College who will benefit from the generosity of those who participated,” Fulton commented.

Volunteers for this year’s golf tournament were Blair Hairr, Amanda Raynor, Frankie Sutter, Carlie McPhail, Olivia Gillespie, Melissa Fulton, Bill Fulton, Cheyenne McNeill, and Lisa Turlington.

For more information about how you can help deserving students through the Sampson Community College Foundation, visit sampsoncc.edu/foundation, or contact Lisa Turlington at lturlington@sampsoncc.edu or 910-900-4072.

About Sampson Community College: Sampson Community College is a member of the North Carolina Community College System, located in Clinton, NC in Sampson County. The college offers many programs to include two-year degrees, college transfer, continuing education and workforce development options, and early college education.