LAURINBURG — The 31st Annual Scotland Regional Hospice Golf Tournament at Scotch Meadows Country Club raised more than $200,000 through sponsorship, registration fees, donations, and auctions. The event started Tuesday and played through Wednesday, and featured both a women’s and men’s tournament.
On the first day of play, there were concerns about the event’s success and turnout. Scotland County saw torrential downpours earlier in the week, but that didn’t stop the Women’s tournament from continuing.
“With the weather being what it was, we were borderline having to cancel the thing, and not only did we not have to cancel the tournament, but every golfer showed up — everybody we were expecting came, which is impressive because a lot of those folks had to come from out of town,” said Deon Cranford III, Scotland Regional Hospice director of public relations.
For the 14th year, Bob’s Jewel Shop contributed the largest donation of the event, with its annual raffling off of a diamond, where individuals could buy raffle tickets for $10 for a chance to win a diamond and rose gold pendant the local jewelry shop gave to hospice for the event.
This year, the diamond raffle raised $11,000 in ticket sales, all of which is going directly to hospice. “My husband would be very proud, because when he was sick, on one of his last days he told me what to do about hospice being so good to him and he laid out the idea for the diamond raffle,” said Gertrude McCabe, the owner of Bob’s Jewel Shop, and the widow of its founder, Bob McCabe.
“It is a fine event for a very good cause,” said Connie Nicholson, owner of Family Fitness Center in Laurinburg. “We just want to support the community and a really good cause, and hospice has been in Scotland County for a long time and my business, Family Fitness Center, has been a sponsor of the tournament for about 10 years.”
The winners of this year’s golf tournament were Kelly Caldwell, shooting a 75 in the women’s division and Will Moore in the men’s division, who shot a 65 on the par 72 course.
This year’s main sponsors included The Morgan Foundation, Medical Village Pharmacy, C.W. and Dorothy G Love foundation and Cascades, who all donated $5,000, as well as Bob’s Jewel Shop, Mega Force Staffing — each contributing over $2,000.
With auction items ranging from golf clubs to cuff links in this year’s auction, the most sought after item was a basketball signed by the entire University of North Carolina 2016-17 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship team.
“I wanted to play to help out Scotland County and hospice — it’s just a good cause and a lot of fun,” said Thomas Willis, a Laurinburg native, who said he also participates in the auction every year.
The collectible basketball sold for $700, with 100 percent of the earnings going straight to hospice, but more importantly the patients they serve.
Another popular auctioned off item was a football signed by Dabo Swinney, the coach of the 2016 NCAA Football National Champion Clemson Tigers, which sold for $600.
Reach Nolan Gilmour at 910-506-3171