Golf Tournament Raises $26,000 for Alumni Scholarships

The ECU Alumni Scholarship Classic golf tournament was a huge success, raising a net $26,000 for the Alumni Scholarship program! This is up slightly from last year’s proceeds of $25,000.

Around 160 golfers participated in the East Carolina Alumni Association’s September 9 event, held at Ironwood Golf and Country Club and sponsored by Hilton Greenville and PotashCorp Aurora.

“It was such a great day, everyone had a wonderful time,” said Shawn Moore ’91, ’98, director of scholarships and signature programs.

The winning team with the lowest gross score was the JoCo Pirates, comprised of alumnus Jerry Shaw ’99 and his friends Whitt Young, Gill Young, and Daniel Castleberry.  The JoCo Pirates, named for Johnston County, also won the 2014 tournament.

The JoCo Pirates will go on to represent ECU at the Acura College Alumni Team Championship at Pinehurst in late October. They also went to Pinehurst in 2014, where they won first place in the net scoring division.

“Winning again felt amazing,” said Shaw. “We have been looking forward to going back to Pinehurst since 2014. That trip was the best golf trip I have ever been a part of. Hopefully we can win again! It’s always nice to know you are supporting your university and helping make college more affordable.”

The Alumni Scholarship program is funded by proceeds from two major scholarship fundraisers, the golf tournament each fall and the Pirate Alumni Road Race and Fun Run each spring, along with donations from alumni and supporters. If you’d like to contribute to the Alumni Scholarship program, you can do so anytime at PirateAlumni.com/donate.

Click here for more photos from the 2016 tournament.

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Linking up on the Links

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.

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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 mooresh@ecu.edu.

“Old Pros” Win Golf Tournament

The winners of the 2015 ECU Alumni Scholarship Classic were the “Old Pros,” consisting of teammates Brian Edgerton, Stephen Latham ’13, Eric Miller, and David Watkins.

Two full flights of golfers battled rainy weather on September 25 at Ironwood Golf and Country Club. The tournament, hosted by the East Carolina Alumni Association and by sponsored by Hilton Greenville and PotashCorp Aurora, supports the Alumni Scholarship program. Proceeds are still being calculated.

The “Old Pros” play regularly at Ironwood and have participated in the golf tournament several times before, placing second in 2014. With this year’s win, they qualified to play in the Acura College Alumni Team Championship at legendary Pinehurst later this fall.

“It was a great feeling to win, especially with the bad weather. It’s also great knowing I get to go back to Pinehurst with a great group of friends,” Edgerton said. “This is my fifth time playing in the alumni golf tournament and it has been a great time each year.”

“To be honest, it was a tough day dealing with all of the rain. However, we took the forecast to our advantage and made the best of it,” said Latham. “Placing second last year was a stinger for quite some time. It felt great for us to get the win and be able to go to Pinehurst and represent East Carolina University.”

Edgerton, Latham, and their teammates wanted to participate in the tournament so they could support ECU and help current students.

“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.

“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, a business sales executive with US Cellular. He recently returned to school to complete his degree in 2019. Edgerton also volunteers as a strength coach for ECU Coed Cheer, and as a volunteer coach with Barton College Golf.

Thanks to all the teams who participated in the ECU Alumni Scholarship Classic and to all our sponsors.

The full results are as follows.

1st Place Gross: Old Pros
2nd Place Gross: Texas Roadhouse
3rd Place Gross: Big Dog 2 AG

1st Place Net: Team Purple Haze
2nd Place Net: PotashCorp #3
3rd Place Net: VB TKEs ’88

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Click here for more photos of the golf tournament.

By Jackie Drake

Golf Tournament Registration Now Open!

It’s time to tee up for scholarships! The East Carolina Alumni Association presents the ECU Alumni Scholarship Classic golf tournament, sponsored by Hilton Greenville and PotashCorp Aurora, on Friday, September 25 at Ironwood Golf and Country Club.

Registration is now open through September 17. This four-person-team superball tournament offers two flights at 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The cost of $140 per player includes green fee and cart, beverage and snack service, as well as breakfast or lunch. A $20 add-on package includes one mulligan and one tee buster.

Enjoy a day on the links with fellow ECU supporters for a game of golf and plenty of prizes! With trophies awarded to the teams with the lowest gross score and lowest net score, hole-in-one prizes on all par 3 holes, longest drive, and closest-to-the-pin, your swing may land you a bounty. Best of all, it’s for a good cause: the Alumni Scholarship program.

The winning golf team (lowest gross score) will have the opportunity to represent ECU and play at legendary Pinehurst No. 2 and No. 4 in the Acura College Alumni Team Championship held October 29 through November 1, 2015. The top six teams will win prizes and the winning team will be crowned the National College Alumni Team Champions.

“I really enjoyed the alumni golf tournament. It’s done really well, and it’s always nice to know you’re playing to help students go to college,” said Jerry Shaw ’99, member of the JoCo Pirates, who won the 2014 ECU event and a division of the Acura championship. “Once we got there, it was unbelievable. Representing my school against 60 other colleges was quite an experience and then to win was awesome. I was proud to represent ECU so well and hope we get another chance next year.”

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This golf tournament is one of a few throughout the country that is affiliated with the Liberty Mutual Alumni Cup program. Additional prizes and other fantastic giveaways, including items from TaylorMade adidas Golf, will be included for each golfer!

Held each fall, this golf tournament is one of two major scholarship fundraisers hosted by the East Carolina Alumni Association, along with the Pirate Alumni Road Race and Fun Run every spring.

Since its establishment in 2005, the Alumni Scholarship program has awarded 224 scholarships totaling more than $300,000.

By Jackie Drake