In 1983 the Cardinal Amateur golf tournament established the Thomas and Bettie O’Briant Memorial Scholarship Fund, which began as a one-time award of $1,000 and increased over the years to its current $2,500 award renewed through its recipients’ four-year college career for a total scholarship of $10,000. Since its inception, a total of 35 students drawn from the Guilford County area have been awarded approximately $144,000 through the need-based scholarship, which is funded from proceeds received from not only the Cardinal Amateur Golf Tournament, but also corporate and private donations.
The 2017 Cardinal Amateur, presented by McConnell Golf, will be held at the Sedgefield Country Club, Pete Dye Course and features numerous former competitors now playing on the PGA, Web.com and Champions tours. Former Cardinal Amateur participants including Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed and Stewart Cink have earned more than $532 million professionally.
The field consists of 78 contestants, chosen among college level and mid-amateurs. Jay Sigel, a winner on the senior tour, has been quoted as saying that the Cardinal Am is one of the finest amateur tournaments in the country and one that he wishes he had won during his amateur career. The 2017 event is scheduled for July 27 - 30, 2017.
The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro administers the non-profit scholarship, which is open to any rising college freshman graduating from a Guilford County High School.
“We want to make the difference in some young person's life,” said Jean Beasley, a Sedgefield CC member who has served on the scholarship selection committee since 1989. “We look at family finances, work record, extracurricular activities, personal references and volunteer experience when choosing among the many worthy candidates.”
You can help McConnell Golf continue the quest of giving back in the communities in which our clubs reside. We invite you to participate in the Contestant-Am on Thursday, July 27, where you will enjoy playing with one of the contestants. Proceeds from the Contestant-Am will benefit this long standing tradition of helping young people in the Triad further their education.
If you have questions or would like additional information about participating in the Contestant-Am, please contact Rocky Brooks, Director of Golf at Sedgefield Country Club (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Chris Terry, Dye Course Head Golf Professional (email@example.com).
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