2016 D&E Spring Classic Golf Tournament
Davis & Elkins College exceeded its $100,000 goal for the 2016 Spring Classic Golf Tournament, raising $118,286 in support of its Highlands Scholar program. The two-day gathering of approximately 100 alumni and friends at Sun ‘N Lake Golf Club in Sebring, Fla., March 8 and 9 concluded with an awards ceremony spotlighting top scoring players and lauding the success of the event that benefits students from throughout West Virginia.
Of the total amount raised, $104,250 represents tournament sponsorships and gifts from trustees, alumni and friends of the College in the Randolph County area and beyond. Another $6,110 was raised through the Tournament silent auction. A total of $2,200 of the auction proceeds came from bidders for two quilts made by Wendy Morgan, D&E graduate and director of alumni engagement and support at the College. The Senator golf team also assisted with the Tournament by offering tips and stepping in to substitute play, raising $1,111 from tournament participants while on the course.
Sponsors win two ways at the D&E Spring Classic! You earn recognition among D&E's community of more than 10,000 alumni and friends, and you provide critical scholarship funds to help West Virginia students attend Davis & Elkins College. Sponsors of the 2016 D&E Spring Classic include Tournament sponsor D&E Trustee and alumna Karen Berner from Yardley, Pa. Additional support was provided by Platinum Sponsors Douglas C. Lane & Associates of New York City and the Snowshoe Foundation of Snowshoe, W.Va..; Gold Sponsors Davis Trust Co. of Elkins and March-Westin Co. Inc. of Morgantown, W.Va..; Silver Sponsors D&E Trustee and alumnus Dick Seybolt and Diamond Coach Corp. of Oswego, Kan., D&E Trustee and alumni Reggie and Dee Owens of Memphis, Tenn., and D&E President ‘Buck’ and Joni Smith. Hole sponsors included Bialek Insurance Agency; Brown, Edwards & Co. LLP; Direct Axis; First Energy Foundation; Hinzman Auto Repair & Refinish; D&E Trustee Paul and Karen Stirrup; McDonald’s of Elkins; Mountain Valley Bank; Reckart Logistics Inc.; US Food Service and Otis Winters of Tulsa, Okla.
The Course - Deer Run
The par 72 Deer Run Golf Course at Sun 'N Lake Golf Club was opened in 1976. A classic Don Dyer design, the course is sure to challenge even expert golfers. The greens are made of Champion grass, and the fairways and rough feature 419 Bermuda grass. Home to two championship courses, Sun 'N Lake also features a full driving range, practice putting green and chipping area.
Managed by Billy Casper Golf, the Club hosted the NEC Series PGA Tour Latinoamerica Qualifying Tournament in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Read more about this year's PGA qualifier here.
2015 D&E Spring Classic Golf Tournament
The inaugural D&E Spring Classic took place at Sun 'N Lake Golf Club in Sebring, Florida, on March 3 & 4, 2015. As the sun set over the spectacular 18th hole, more than 110 guests participated in the silent auction which included items ranging from local West Virginia jewelry to a golf and casino package.
The following day, 68 players made their way onto the Deer Run championship course. An exciting day of friendly golf followed with low scores in the 60's and warm temperatures in the 80s! There was even a chance to win a brand new EZGO golf cart for the first hole-in-one at the par 3 hole.
Check out our gallery of photos from last year's event below!
Highlands Scholar Program
Davis & Elkins College has a long history of serving first-generation and low-income college students. Established in 1904, with sponsorship from the Presbyterian Church, the College was founded to create access to education for the citizens of Elkins, West Virginia, and the rural, Appalachian region surrounding it. The College has been true to that mission for more than 110 years and, to this day, remains the primary college serving a more than 4,000-square-mile area. West Virginia ranks 49th among the 50 states in average family income. And the seven counties immediately surrounding Elkins are among the most rural and high-need areas in the state. The median household income in the region is $27,299, and only 30 percent of those over the age of 25 have any type of post-secondary education. Just 13.6 percent hold baccalaureate degrees or higher.
Beginning with the fall 2015 semester, any 2015 graduate with at least a 2.5 GPA from a public or private West Virginia high school will be eligible for the scholarship. Students living on campus will receive $14,000 annually and those living off campus will receive $11,000 annually. That’s equivalent to a $56,000 four-year scholarship for residential students or a $44,000 four-year scholarship for commuter students. Since its inception, 630 students have received the award, with 208 of the scholars enrolled in the spring 2015 semester.
Nearly two-thirds are the first in their families to attend college, and some are the first in their immediate families to graduate from high school. Many have family obligations that would prevent them from going away to college. Feedback from area guidance counselors indicates that many – if not most – of these students would not have gone to college without the assistance of the Highlands Scholarship.
While most qualify for some federal and state aid, the 287 Highland Scholars who enrolled in fall 2014 were able to pay only 4.7 percent of their total college costs, leaving 26.9 percent to be borrowed (for an average loan of $6,471) and 50.5 percent to be covered by college-funded Highlands Scholarships. In 2014 alone, D&E invested $3,338,482 in these young men and women.
All sponsorship funds for the 2016 D&E Spring Classic Golf Tournament will help fund Highlands Scholarships.