Support for Student Athletes
Golfers raised funds for the South Brunswick High School Athletic Booster Club at the Members Club at St. James in July.
For the 152 golfers who played in the South Brunswick High School Athletic Booster Club Golf Tournament on July 24 at the Members Club in St. James, the game wasn’t just about the golf. It was about the Southport/Oak Island community showing their support for their beloved Cougars.
And it was about celebrating the long-awaited return of sports to high schools and middle schools everywhere.
The tournament started promptly with a 9 am shotgun start. The 27-hole Members Course was arranged into three 18-hole courses with either 12 or 13 foursomes teeing off on each of the nine hole courses for a total of 38 foursomes.
The format was a scramble, best ball, captain’s choice – with a twist. Each golfer had the opportunity to buy four mulligans and a tee buster for $20. The tee buster allowed them to choose one hole (most likely a par 5) and drive the ball from the #5 tee box, instead of teeing off on tee box #3. That could amount to as much as a 100-yard gift! Do the math; if each member of the foursome bought the package, that would mean they would have 16 mulligans and four tee busters in 18 holes. And judging by the low scores posted on the scoreboard, a lot of foursomes did exactly that!
The players included several current South Brunswick High School (SBHS) students, a 2019 graduate and rising 9th grader Gregor Brock, who is eagerly looking forward to attending SBHS in the fall. Seventh grader Nolan Bumgarner already has an enviable swing and will almost certainly follow in the footsteps of his older brother, Parker, who is a SBHS senior and on the school’s golf team.
Walker Isley, a SBHS 2020 graduate, and #1 ranked junior golfer in the class of 2020 in North Carolina, was also there to support his alma mater. Walker is currently playing for the UNCW Seahawks golf team.
The players’ registration fee included 18 holes of golf, 2 beer garden tickets (beer or soda) at the turn, a cocktail hour with beer and wine, and a delicious buffet dinner. During the cocktail hour, the golfers had a chance to bid on 34 baskets in a silent auction. And they bought raffle tickets for three coveted prizes: a money tree with $200 worth of bills tucked in it, a trunk of various wines and a grog trunk filled with an assortment of liquor bottles.
Winners were announced at lunch, and cash prizes were awarded the foursomes for first, second and third place finishes for all three courses.
Randy Moffitt, president of the SBHS Athletic Boosters Club, said, “We are beyond grateful for all of our volunteers, coaches and members of the community who came out to support this tournament and the athletic programs at SBHS. One hundred percent of the proceeds goes to the Booster Club to fund whatever the various coaches tell us they need to enhance their athletic programs. We especially want to thank St. James and Troon for hosting this event. Steve (Steve Elkins, head pro at the Members Club) had everything so well organized, which is why it ran so smoothly.”
According to the literature provided for the Cougar fans and supporters, SBHS has more than 33 sports teams and more than 500 student athletes.
For a full calendar of all their sporting events, visit their website: https://sites.google.com/bcswan.net/sbhs-athletic-department.