The 2014 Southeastern Golf Classic Makes a Kingdom Impact

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GOLF tournament 2014The eighth annual Southeastern Golf Classic was held at TPC Wakefield Plantation, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The tournament raised funds for Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) as it seeks to train students to serve the church and fulfill the Great Commission.

Tournament sponsors and individual golfers gave a combined total of more than $70,000 to support training students at Southeastern.

Ryan Hutchinson, executive vice president for operations at Southeastern, greeted attendees at the 11:15 a.m. tee off. “Thank you for helping to support our students and the mission of our institution,” he said. “The Lord has given us beautiful weather to play golf today.”

In the evening, awards were presented to the top teams. First place winners in the gross scores division were Vaita Guillauma, Korky Kemp, Traynor Reitmeier and Adam Stephenson from the CAPTRUST Financial Advisors team, and the net score winners were Jim Crenshaw, Cody Hendron, David Horner and Preston Nisbet from the Crenshaw Consulting Engineers team.

Daniel Akin, president of Southeastern, addressed the tournament participants.

“Hundreds of students from Southeastern go around the world and share the love of Christ,” Akin said. “We cannot do it without men and women like you.”

He encouraged others to keep supporting and making an investment with “eternal dividends.”

Akin shared about the school’s commitment to the Great Commission and the story of one of the many Southeastern students that is serving in a difficult place.

“SEBTS is a dangerous place to come,” Akin emphasized. “You just don’t know what God might do with your life.”

Akin also highlighted partnerships between the seminary and the local community. As the Triangle area has continued to grow, the school has grown with it to over 3,200 students.

Akin invited guests to learn more about the Raleigh Executive Training Institute launching in January 2015.

“The program will train men and women like you to walk more closely with the Lord and to grow in Biblical knowledge,” Akin explained. “The certificate program will provide additional Biblical and theological training for those who serve the Lord faithfully in the marketplace. We hope that this is something that will be a great blessing to you.”

A network of dedicated partners help meet the needs of the growing seminary as it prepares students to serve others both at home and abroad. The title sponsor was Crenshaw Consulting Engineers, and the lunch sponsor was LifeWay Christian Resources. Gold sponsors included PowerSecure and Robling Medical.

Jim Crenshaw, president of Crenshaw Consulting Engineers, said, “I love playing in the Southeastern Classic each year because I get to hear how mightily God is using this institution across the street and across the globe. It is my family’s joy and privilege to participate in Southeastern’s mission by donating each year to their great work.”

The silver sponsors were AVCON, BB&T, BB&T Home Mortgage, Candlewood Suites, CAPTRUST Financial Advisors, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Guidestone Financial Resources, McGladrey, Servicemaster Clean and Southern Piping Company.

Hole sponsors on the course included SELA Building Corporation and Custom Mail Solutions. The hole-in-one sponsor was Charles Boyd Chevrolet.

Daniel Palmer, director of financial development at Southeastern, said, “I always look forward to the Southeastern Classic, and I am always a little sad when it is over. There is just something special about sharing a day on an incredible course alongside so many men and women who help us train students.”

“I am so thankful for our sponsors, and I hope we did an excellent job of honoring them,” Palmer added. “Their partnership is vital to the success of the tournament, and I am grateful for each of them.”

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