Making connections is par for the course at the ECU Alumni Scholarship Classic golf tournament. Register now for the 2016 event on Friday, September 9!
By Jackie Drake
For Brian Edgerton and his teammates, golfing is not just a way to relax, but a way to get actively involved with East Carolina University.
Edgerton and fellow Pirate Stephen Latham ’13 are two members of the “Old Pros,” the team that won the 2015 ECU Alumni Scholarship Classic golf tournament. Hosted by the East Carolina Alumni Association at Ironwood Golf and Country Club each fall, this event raises funds for the Alumni Scholarship program at ECU and gives alumni an opportunity to network and bond over their support for their alma mater.
L-R: Stephen Latham ’13, Eric Miller, and Brian Edgerton of the “Old Pros,” winners of the 2015 ECU Alumni Scholarship Classic golf tournament. Photo by Cliff Hollis.
“Last year was my fifth time playing in the alumni golf tournament and it has been a great time each year,” said Edgerton, who recently returned to school and is scheduled to complete his degree at ECU in 2019. “I love to play golf and have met some truly great people that have become close friends because of the game, so I play as much as I can.”
Latham got involved with the alumni golf tournament when he met Edgerton at Ironwood in 2014. The “Old Pros” team has included various members over the years, including two former Lady Pirate golfers, since Edgerton started it in 2011.
“I love to play golf and it’s a wonderful way to network with a variety of people,” Latham said. “It’s a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of life and just enjoy the fellowship and environment of the golf course!”
In addition to connecting alumni, the ECU Alumni Scholarship Classic also provides a direct link for alumni to help students. The 2015 event raised $25,000 for the Alumni Scholarship program. Since its establishment in 2005, the program has awarded 252 scholarships totaling nearly $350,000.
“It is very important for those of us that can help to be as involved as possible with helping others follow their academic dreams,” said Edgerton, who works in information services at Vidant Health. He also volunteers as a strength coach for ECU Coed Cheer, and as a volunteer coach with Barton College Golf.
“I feel like it is very important for alumni to support ECU in any kind of way possible. I’m all about giving back and supporting my alma mater,” said Latham, who earned his degree in public health studies in 2013. He is currently a senior account manager for American Red Cross Blood Services.
As winners of the 2015 tournament, Edgerton, Latham, and their teammates Eric Miller and David Watkins were proud to represent ECU in the Acura College Alumni Team Championship at legendary Pinehurst last fall. They placed sixth among teams from across the nation, but they’re hoping to do better next time. The “Old Pros” are looking forward to playing again in the 2016 ECU Alumni Scholarship Classic on September 9.
This event is also open to any member of the community who wants to support ECU.
Edgerton said, “The golf course is a great equalizer as you can play with the president of a company and someone in an entry level position all in the same group and everyone is equal out there.”
2016 ECU Alumni Scholarship Classic
Presented by Hilton Greenville and PotashCorp Aurora
Affiliated with the Liberty Mutual Alumni Cup
- September 9 at Ironwood Golf and Country Club
- Register by September 1
- Two flights: 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- $145 per player
- $20 add-on package includes one mulligan & one tee buster
Fore more information or to register, visit PirateAlumni.com/2016golf or contact Director of Scholarships and Signature Programs Shawn Moore ’91, ’98 at 252-328-5775 or firstname.lastname@example.org.