Southeastern Classic celebrates record-breaking year of giving

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) celebrated another record-breaking year of fundraising, sponsorship and participation at this year’s 13th annual Southeastern Classic Golf Tournament. The event was hosted at The Country Club at Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh, North Carolina on September 23, 2019.

“At Southeastern, we have almost 4,800 students that are, right now, being trained and equipped to be pastors, ministers and missionaries who will go out from Wake Forest, North Carolina literally to the ends of the earth,” said Art Rainer, vice president for institutional advancement at SEBTS, to golf tournament participants. “Right now, you all are a part of supporting that very cause.” 

This year’s Southeastern Classic had the most participation yet with 88 sponsors, 45 teams and 180 registered players. For the second consecutive year, the tournament was divided into a morning flight at 8:30 and an afternoon flight at 1:30. 

“We’re out here to support because, being an alum, I understand the benefit of theological education, particularly with what Southeastern’s doing,” said Mike Kuckel, who represented OneAscent Financial during the afternoon flight. “I was here in a different era, but I follow along and try to support because I realize just how vitally important it is that we have the kind of education people are getting at Southeastern. Frankly, it’s just great to be a part of a school that’s really focused on taking the gospel to the nations.” 

This year’s tournament raised $100,000, the highest amount raised in the Southeastern Classic’s 13-year history. Over the course of its existence, the Southeastern Classic has raised $820,000. All money raised from the tournament goes toward The Southeastern Fund, which helps to provide funding for school operations and alleviates tuition costs. 

“I’m here because my wife and I love Southeastern, and more than that we love Jesus,” said Scott Reed, president of the Southeastern Society. “Southeastern is a Great Commission seminary trying to get the gospel to all the nations.” 

Crenshaw Consulting Engineers was the 2019 Title Sponsor for this year’s tournament, and Sela Building Corporation was the 2019 Flight Sponsor. 

“As an alum and as a member of the Southeastern Society, I know firsthand the benefit of scholarship dollars assisting a theologically-sound education,” said Joey Denton, representing Seven Oaks Church during the afternoon flight. “For me to continue participating after being [finished] with school has been one of the great joys for me to give back.” 

Drew Davis, associate director for financial and alumni development at SEBTS, thanked participants for their generosity and support of the school during the morning and evening awards ceremonies. 

“Every dollar that we raise through this golf tournament which supports the Southeastern Fund is one less dollar we have to charge our students in tuition. The tournament is making an incredible impact in the lives of our students.” 

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This year’s morning flight winners included the following:  


  • Closest to the hole
    • Hole #3 – Josh Nichols
    • Hole #7 – Edwin Tucker
    • Hole #14 – Jessica Davis
  • Longest drive:
    • Hole #18 – Chad Day 


Net division:

  • First place – Jack Davis Team #1 (Josh Nichols, Ryan Davis, Zach Temple, Jermel Lewis)
  • Second place – Jack Davis Team #3 (Mitch Ellington, Jason Short, Larry Calhoun, Zack Evans)
  • Third place – ONUG Communications (James Pittman, John Bartuska, Jonathan Key, Robert Saleeby) 


Gross division:

  • First place – Oak City Consulting (Daniel Ward, John Erwin, Lans Slack, Ross Roggensack)
  • Second place – Capital Community Church (Chad Day, Kyle Tucker, Leon Tucker, Mark Bentley)
  • Third place – Faith Baptist Church Team #2 (Corey Young, Patrick Cottrell, Ross McVeigh, Steve Chromy) 


This year’s evening flight winners included the following: 


  • Closest to the hole:
    • Hole #3 – Eli Denton
    • Hole #7 – Scott Pechacek
    • Hole #14 – Jimmy Eggers
  • Longest drive:
    • Hole #18 – Ben Fuller 


Net division:

  • First Place – LifeWay (Bruce Ashford, Derek Williams, Robby Scholes, Keith Whitfield)
  • Second place – Crenshaw Consulting Engineers Team #1 (Ben Fuller, Jonathan Franklin, Reid Cox, Ron Cox)
  • Third place – Sola Coffee & Café (Jarrett Fletcher, Jonathan Goforth, Keith Smith, Nik Lingle) 


Gross division:

  • First Place – Charles Boyd Chevrolet Buick GMC (Brian Boyd, Russ Boyd, Russell Boyd, Susanne Muessig)
  • Second Place – Crenshaw Consulting Engineers Team #2 (Josh Owen, Dave Owen, Stephen Franken, Scott Pechacek)
  • Third place – Seven Oaks Church (Eli Denton, Joey Denton, Morgan Beam, Tyler Denton)
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