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Southeastern Celebrates Record Giving at the Sixteenth Annual Southeastern Classic Golf Tournament

SEClassic Fall 2022
BY CHAD BURCHETT   09/12/2022

On Monday, September 12, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) hosted its sixteenth annual Southeastern Classic Golf Tournament, celebrating generous donors, ongoing partnerships, and another record year of fundraising.


This year’s tournament returned to the picturesque golf courses at North Ridge Country Club in North Raleigh, welcoming 46 teams and 184 registered players to Monday’s event. With a shotgun start on North Ridge Country Club’s traditional Oaks Course and modern Lakes Course, participants teed off at 9:30 a.m. to support SEBTS and its Great Commission mission. 

“For sixteen years now, the Southeastern Classic has played an integral role in funding the mission of SEBTS and The College at Southeastern,” shared Jonathan Six, Acting Vice President of Institutional Advancement at SEBTS. “This year our sponsors and players have given in record numbers. I am incredibly grateful for their investment in the Great Commission vision of our institution and in the thousands of students who we train and equip for gospel ministry. We could not fulfill our mission without the support of our faithful partners.” 

Monday's Southeastern Classic raised over $140,000 to fund Southeastern's mission and ensure low tuition costs for current and future students. Over the last sixteen years, the Southeastern Classic has raised more than 1.15 million dollars to support Southeastern, which is equal to providing at least 143 students with full academic scholarships over the course of an academic year. Southeastern is grateful to more than sixty generous sponsors who made this year’s tournament possible. Platinum sponsors for the event included Absher Wealth Management and Remodel Health. Gold sponsors included Eventide Asset Management, Robling Medical Incorporated, and Sovereign Financial.  

During the post-tournament banquet, Drew Davis, Director of Financial and Alumni Development at SEBTS, shared with attendees how their gifts and support enable students to fulfill the Great Commission around the world. “Your gifts are making an incredible difference in sending students into churches in Raleigh, across North Carolina, throughout the U.S., and around the world.”  

Your gifts are making an incredible difference in sending students into churches in Raleigh, across North Carolina, throughout the U.S., and around the world.

Illustrating how God is at work in the life and ministry of SEBTS students, Davis narrated the story of Thomas West, a SEBTS alum and church planter in London. Raised in Montgomery, Alabama, West would never have believed then that God would use him to evangelize and disciple the diverse population of London. However, in his providence God used West’s training at SEBTS and his partnership with churches in the Raleigh area to prepare him for cross cultural ministry. West represents thousands of SEBTS students who have been blessed by the faithful gifts and support of donors like those who participated in this year’s Southeastern Classic. 

“The Southeastern Classic has provided a way to stay connected with friends of the seminary, make new friends, and help to support the seminary’s annual fund,” shared Ryan Hutchinson, Executive Vice President of SEBTS. “The continued growth and success of the Southeastern Classic allows us to address some needs of the seminary for which we do not have to burden the students through tuition costs. I am thankful for all the individuals that play, the many faithful sponsors, and our SEBTS staff that help to make this an incredible event every year.” 

For more information about the tournament, visit sebts.edu/classic. To find out more about upcoming fundraising events or to learn how you can support Southeastern’s Great Commission efforts, contact Drew Davis at ddavis@sebts.edu.  

Winners of the Southeastern Classic

Seminary Division – Net

First Place – Proud Fathers Inc. 

  • Melvin Williams, Jr. 
  • Carlton Joyner 
  • Al White 
  • Mark Hicks 
Seminary Division – Gross 

First Place – CAPTRUST  

  • Kyle Tucker 
  • Dillon Wilson 
  • Dave Owen 
  • Press McPhaul 
College Division – Net

First Place – Summit Collaborative  

  • David Thompson 
  • Matt Love 
  • Josh Ferguson 
  • Wes Smith 
College Division – Gross

First Place – Robling Medical Inc. 

  • Brent Robling 
  • Blake Robling 
  • Ken Pike 
  • Denny Buchanan 

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