The 15th annual Register Benefit Golf Tournament for Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina brought 48 golfers to Longleaf Golf and Family Club Oct. 21.
The event raised more than $13,000 for B&GH, an organization based in Lake Waccamaw that has served more than 7,500 children from across the state, including many from Moore and surrounding counties.
“Since we started this tournament, we have raised nearly $430,000 for the Boys and Girls Homes,” said Tournament Chairman Ron Jones. “We have had a lot of support from the community.”
Among the top sponsors supporting the event were Roy Register, Cooke Foundation, WLHC-FM – Life 103.1, Coca-Cola of Aberdeen, Hickory Tavern, Smithfield’s Chicken ’N Bar-B-Q, Fresh Market. Mac’s Breakfast Anytime, TJ’s Vending Services, FirstHealth, Longleaf Golf & Family Club, Harris Teeter, Southern Angels Donuts, Jones Enterprises, and Texas Roadhouse. Leith Honda–Aberdeen provided a scoreboard sponsorship. An additional 30 local organizations provided tee sponsorships.
A variety of awards were presented to teams and individuals who had success on the course.
The low gross score winning team included Michael Norton, Brian Baucom, Daniel McKay and Chris Turner. Second place low gross score team was Thomas Eldridge, Nick Faulkner, Caleb Mason and Chip Hymiller.
The low net score team was Keith Ghorn, Kile Stetson, Ken Hall and Bill Jackson. The second place low net score team included Roy Register, Woody Johnson, Bob Zulch, and Mike Asztalos.
The longest drive for men went to Todd Weaver while Lyn Lambert earned the longest drive for women. Par-3 winners were Roy Lloyd, Thomas Eldridge, Roy Register and Nick Faulkner. Daniel McKay received the early bird registration prize.
“We truly appreciate all that these golfers and this community do for the children served by B&GH,” said Jones.
B&GH President Gary Faircloth shared his appreciation.
“Today you’ve left marks of hope and encouragement for brighter futures for these children,” said Faircloth. “Children are our largest voiceless minority. We need to stand up and speak out for them. Everyone who participated in this tournament did just that. You are making a difference in the lives of children.”
Faircloth shared several success stories of children including several recent graduates of the program who are now thriving in college.
“Allyssa was one of the most challenging kids who ever came into our program,” Faircloth said. “She was hard to keep in the classroom. She’d not been in school. She’d not had supervision, but she was a bright child. She had a lot of possibilities. We were patient with her. We de-escalated and put her back in the classroom. We didn’t let her stay out of school, which is what had happened before.
“When Allyssa graduated from high school this year she actually finished as a dually enrolled student at Southeastern Community College,” he continued. “She finished with an associate of arts and an associate of science degree. She graduated a week later from our on-campus school. Allyssa is now attending Southern Louisiana University and she is going to do great things.”
While Faircloth shared this positive, he also shared some of the current needs for the children being brought into care of the Homes with severe medical needs due to the opioid crisis.
“Sadly as the opioid crisis is so rampant, many children are born to parents, especially mothers, who are using drugs,” Faircloth said. “These babies come into foster care straight from the hospital. Foster parents are required to go to the hospital to nest with the babies as they go through the process of detoxing. The process can be difficult as often these babies are born prematurely or very low birth weight.
“From the bottom of my heart, and on behalf of our Board of Trustees, our staff, and especially our children, I say thank you for giving of yourself so generously today.”
For more information about how you can help children at B&GH, visit the website, www.boysandgirlshomes.org, or call (910) 646-3083.