MOUNT OLIVE – The 28th Annual Handy Mart/University of Mount Olive Invitational Golf Tournament, which provides more money for scholarships than any other single fund raising endeavor at the University is scheduled for May 3-4 at Southern Wayne Country Club.
It all started in 1987 as a simple fundraiser to gain increased financial support for athletic scholarships in order for the University to seek affiliation with the Carolinas Virginia Athletics Conference. The first year there were 31 sponsors who participated in the Handy Mart Golf Tournament organized by E. J. Pope and Son, Inc. The event raised $25,715.
In 1990, Buddy and Judson set-up an endowed fund with part of the tournament proceeds going to the fund and the balance going to “active” athletic and presidential scholarships. The first business scholarship was awarded in 1991. To date the Handy Mart Tournament has raised more than $2.3 million and has awarded 590 scholarships to deserving students.
The 2014 two day, two man, super ball tournament will tee off on Saturday, May 3. Golfers will have the opportunity to win a new car and other prizes, courtesy of Dan Wise Chevrolet. They will be treated to lunch both days, as well as a dinner and social gathering Saturday evening. This event is served by University of Mount Olive staff, students and volunteers.
For more information about the tournament, call Howard Hunt at Southern Wayne County Club at 919-658-4269. Interested in being a sponsor? Contact Ashley Mitchell at UMO at 919-658-7761.
The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College. For more information, visit www.umo.edu.