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PBSC Foundation raises $90,000 at annual Golf Classic

2016 PBSC Golf Classic first place winners

The Palm Beach State College Foundation’s annual Golf Classic raised $90,000 for the College’s STEAM initiative.

The funds will go toward STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) student scholarships and program enhancements to impact the projected shortage of local, skilled professionals in these fields.

Twenty-seven golf foursomes played in the tournament held on April 29 at BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens. The team of Jesse Lee, Jerry Springer, Mitch Crissman and Richard Browning took first place with a score of 55.

The Classic took place on the club’s East Course and contests were held during tournament play, including hole-in-one competitions sponsored by Mullinax Ford, a glass breaking contest sponsored by Sasser’s Glass Works, Inc., and a new ball launcher contest sponsored by Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath.

The Golf Classic ended with an awards ceremony and cocktail reception.

At the reception, PBSC student Christopher Ferguson told the crowd of more than 100 how a scholarship helped him achieve his educational goals and expressed appreciation to donors.

“Thanks to our donors, we the students, can enjoy the same college experience without stressing to pay for our classes, books, or any other required college-related fees,” said Ferguson. “College is rigorous, so we really appreciate our donors for recognizing our grit and rewarding us for devoting time to student clubs, organizations and volunteer opportunities while excelling academically. Without donors, many of our future leaders of tomorrow, would not be able to register for essential classes needed to pursue their degrees.”

Ferguson, a construction management major, will graduate from Palm Beach State Monday and will attend the University of Florida in the fall.

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Andre Wade

Winners of each on-course contest were also announced at the reception. They were: Jason Marcel, golf ball launcher; Larry Dugan, straightest drive; Tarah Winfield, women’s longest drive; Don Wright, men’s longest drive; John Stewart, closest to hole 4; and Gordan Johnson, closest to hole 11.

The tournament featured a “Double Your Win” raffle sponsored by Dell Computer Company. The first place winner was Brent Fykes, who went home with twin tablets. The second place winner, Rick Crawford, won two Apple watches and third place winner Ashley Tripp took home two bracelets.

The Foundation paid tribute to Andre Wade, who has been participating in the Golf Classic as a junior golfer for nine years. The tournament marked Wade’s last play as a junior. He plans to attend Florida State University in the fall.

Major sponsors of the Golf Classic were: Balfour Beatty Construction, Dell Computer Company, Fastrack MCI, Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, Pro Sound & Video, PepsiCo and McDonald’s North County Group.

For more information on the Palm Beach State Foundation Golf Classic, visit To see photos from the day, CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW.

2016 PBSC Foundation Golf Classic

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