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 a $2,000 award renewed through its recipients’ four-year college career.  In 2015, the Cardinal Amateur, Presented by McConnell Golf increased the award to $2,500 renewal for four years 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 through the following sponsorship opportunities. Our Platinum and Silver Sponsor levels provide an avenue for you to entertain clients, reward staff, or simply have fun with friends by participating in the Contestant-Am on Thursday, July 27th, where your threesome will be paired with a Cardinal Am contestant for a fun-filled round of golf. As an added bonus this year, Platinum Sponsors will receive tickets for the Wyndham Championship Legends Club as well as a round of golf for four at a McConnell Golf property of the sponsor’s choice. If you are not looking for golf, yet still want to contribute to the cause, the O’Briant Sponsorship is the package for you.   If you have questions or would like additional information about sponsorship, please contact Rocky Brooks, Director of Golf at Sedgefield Country Club (rocky@sedgefieldcc.org) or Chris Terry, Dye Course Head Golf Professional (cterry@sedgefieldcc.org).

McConnell Golf is proud to take the time-honored tradition of the Cardinal Amateur into the future as the presenting sponsor. Join us as a Platinum, Gold, or O’Briant sponsor and together we will impact a young person’s life.  



Rocky Brooks
Director of Golf
Sedgefield Country Club

Chris Terry
Head Golf Professional
Sedgefield Pete Dye Course

Beverly Marler
General Manager
Sedgefield Country Club


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