MOUNT OLIVE – The 27th Annual Handy Mart/Mount Olive College Invitational Golf Tournament, which provides more money for scholarships than any other single fund raising endeavor at Mount Olive College is scheduled for May 3-5.
It all started in 1987 as a simple fundraiser to gain increased financial support for athletic scholarships in order for Mount Olive College to seek affiliation with the Carolinas Virginia Athletics Conference. The first year there were 31 sponsors who participated in the Handy Mart Golf Tournament organized by E. J. Pope and Son, Inc. The event raised $25,715.
In 1990, Buddy and Judson set-up an endowment fund with part of the tournament proceeds going to the fund and the balance going to “active” athletic and presidential scholarships. The first business scholarship was awarded in 1991. To date the Handy Mart Tournament has raised more than $2.2 million and has awarded 571 scholarships to deserving students.
The 2013 two day, two man, super ball tournament will tee off on Saturday, May 4, at Southern Wayne Golf Course. According to event planners there are still openings. Golfers will be treated to lunch both days courtesy of E. J. Pope and Son, Inc. and served by Handy Mart and Mount Olive College volunteers.
“I have been with Mount Olive College for a year. I am amazed at the way in which the love of golf matches commitment to higher education in eastern North Carolina,” says Dr. John Blackwell, vice president for Institutional Advancement. “It is wonderful when supporters of the College can help us fund scholarships while enjoying the great game of golf, fellowship, and friendly competition! I am deeply grateful to both organizers of this tournament and participants. I hope there are lots of birdies and even a few eagles!”
For more information about the tournament, call Howard Hunt at Southern Wayne County Club at 919-658-4269. Teams have until May 1 to sign up.
Mount Olive College is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville. For more information, visit www.moc.edu.