Second annual golf tournament raises $70,000

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Photo above: Tournament Champions, Sodexo Food Services consisting of Randy McKinny, Christopher Whittemore, Trent Jones, Matt Pennell photographed with Dr. Moss (third from left) and Larry Wilson.

The Beaufort County School District’s sold-out “Swinging with the Superintendent” golf tournament raised more than $70,000 to support a new scholarship program that will pay two years of college tuition to qualified students. The Building a Better Beaufort Scholarship – dubbed “B3” – covers up to two years of tuition costs at the Technical College of the Lowcountry for Beaufort County high school graduates who have at least a 2.75 GPA.

“This was our second annual fund-raising event to support B3 scholarships,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss. “Thirty-six students attended TCL tuition-free last year, and our hope is that many more will be helped this year.”

Thirty teams played in the event at the Callawassie Island Golf Club. The first-place team, which finished with a 17-under-par score of 55, was composed of Trent Jones, Randy McKinney, Matt Pennell and Christopher Whittemore. In second place at 55 was the team of Alex Brown, Cory Byrd, Gregory McCord and Jeff Moss.

“Our second tournament was particularly exciting because we had so many teams come within just a few strokes of the top score,” said Board of Education Chairman Bill Evans. “We’re already looking forward to next year’s event.”

Moss had special praise for the tournament’s community and business sponsors, including title sponsor Sodexo. Other sponsors were Durham School Services, Thompson Construction Group, Compass Municipal Advisors, GCA Services Group, the McNair Law Firm, Edgenuity, TenMarks, Varsity Brands, Hite Associates, McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, Public Consulting Group, Dell, HG Reynolds Management, Inc. and Palmetto Electric Cooperative. Moss said that guidance counselors and educators are spreading the word about the new scholarship and its GPA requirement. Interested students from the Class of 2015 should apply to TCL, fill out the FAFSA form and apply for the B3 scholarship.