Southeastern celebrates 15th anniversary of Southeastern Classic golf tournament
Lauren Pratt | September 07, 2021
As the summer sun beat down on the North Ridge Country Club golf courses on Aug. 30, 184 players took to their golf carts and teed off at 9:30 a.m. at this year’s Southeastern Classic Golf Tournament. Southeastern celebrated a record-breaking year of fundraising and participation at its 15th annual tournament.
“The town of Wake Forest and our campus have a long history with the game of golf,” said President Danny Akin. “Arnold Palmer even played his college golf on what is now Paschal Golf Club on our campus. I think it is only fitting that this great, global game could be used to help us fulfill our mission to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by equipping students to serve the Church and fulfill the Great Commission.”
This year’s Southeastern Classic had 72 sponsors, 46 teams and 184 registered players. Platinum sponsors for this year’s tournament included Absher Wealth Management and Robling Medical. Gold sponsors included Sovereign Financial, Planworx Architecture, and SELA Building Corporation.
In previous years, the tournament has been divided into a morning flight and an afternoon flight. However, with growing interest in the Southeastern Classic, this year’s tournament venue provided more players the opportunity to start two flights at the same time with a concluding banquet for everyone in the afternoon. Both players and event organizers remarked at the size of the gathering and the excitement it generated to see so many people interested in supporting the Great Commission vision of Southeastern.
Over the course of its existence, the Southeastern Classic has raised over one million dollars, with this year’s tournament raising over $135,000. All money raised from the tournament goes toward The Southeastern Fund, which helps to provide funding for school operations and alleviates tuition costs.
Players enjoyed a banquet after the tournament, which featured guest speaker and PGA golf tour professional Chesson Hadley. Hadley shared his story of growing up in Raleigh and practicing golf on the very course where the Southeastern Classic had just taken place. Hadley also shared how he came to know the Lord and how his relationship with Christ has shaped his outlook on the game of golf today. Chesson explained that this identity in Christ and security in God’s power are what sustain him through the successes and failures of the game.
“I think situations like that are always going to be easier to handle because your mind and your outlook are always going to be from a God-given perspective.”
Winners of the Southeastern Classic included the following teams:
Seminary Division – Gross
1st Place – Eventide
- Lans Slack
- Davis Baxter
- Denton Worrell
- Brett Danforth
Seminary Division – Gross
1st Place – P.R.O.U.D. Fathers
- Carlton Joyner
- Melvin Williams, Jr.
- Al White
- Mark Hicks
College Division – Gross
1st Place – Synteen Technological Fabrics
- Glenn Steen
- Ryan Hutchinson
- Jason Weathers
- Eric Dillon
College Division – Net
1st Place – Sovereign Financial
- Jon Goforth
- Michael Ballard
- Will Hines
- Mike Kuckel