UNCP's PRSSA team tees off new record

By Dustin Porter
Around the Campus Editor

Photo by Mindy Hubbard
Members of The Pine Needle team watch as Chris Carter (right) attempts a put during the "Make Par for PR"
tournament on March 19.

The second annual "Make Par for PR" PRSSA Golf Tournament, held March 19 at the Pinecrest Country Club in Lumberton, raised $2,371. 

PRSSA is UNCP's Public Relations Student Society of America. The student organization of 18 members attends professional conferences and plans various PR events like the golf tournament. Their mission is to enhance their knowledge about PR and help one another to become better professionals. 

Co-Chair of the tournament Ashley Cole and the rest of the PR team could not have landed a more perfect day for a golf tournament. The weather was warm, the sky was blue and the sun was smiling down on the participants of the tournament from start to finish. 

Co-Chair of the tournament Ashley Cole and the rest of the PR team could not have landed a more perfect day for a golf tournament. The weather was warm, the sky was blue and the sun was smiling down on the participants of the tournament from start to finish. "Not only was the tournament a very exciting experience, but it also served as a great exhibition of the golfing skill around the Pembroke area," said Nick Pilot, a UNCP junior who played in the tournament. 

"Our number one goal was to beat last year's total," Cole said. 

The PRSSA team did just that raising the bar $71 from last year's grand total. 

"We raised money through sponsors," Cole said. 

There were three sponsor levels: Gold, silver and bronze.
• Gold sponsorship cost $500 and granted the participants a four-player team, 18 holes of golf and recognition in the PRSSA program brochure.
• Silver sponsorship cost $250 and granted the participants a two-player team, 18 holes of golf and recognition in the PRSSA program brochure.
• Bronze sponsorship cost $150 and granted the participants recognition in the PRSSA program brochure. There were two gold sponsorships, four silver sponsorships and two bronze sponsorships. 

Cole added that you did not have to be a sponsor to play golf, and participants could sign up to play in the tournament for $50 a player, meaning that a four-player team cost $200 and a twoplayer team cost $100. 

However, the country club combined players to ensure that everybody played on a team of four. Basically, if somebody signed up as a one-person team, they would be added to a two-person team along with another single player entry to make a team of four. 

There were eight teams made up of four players that participated in the event. 

Prizes were given out for first, second and third placed teams.
• First Place: Each player received a UNCP golf hat and two tickets to a GPAC event of their choosing won by the team of Nick Lowery, Micky Strickland, G. Oxendine and Brad Locklear.
• Second Place: Each player received a UNCP golf hat, three golf balls and a $10 gift certificate to Two Guys Grille in Lumberton won by the team of Donnie Beck, Landon Lowery, David Lowery and Varnell Locklear.
• Third Place: Each player received a $20 gift certificate to Mariani's and to City Cleaner's won by the team of Thomas Locklear, Larry Lynn Locklear, Larry McNeil and Lonnell Locklear. 

Three PRSSA committees and the chairperson put on the tournament.
• A prize committee led by student Christopher Kimball
• A food committee led by student Ashley Pryor
• A marketing and promotion committee led by student Megan Folio 

The three committees worked in harmony as a group to produce a solid and entertaining tournament. 

As one can imagine, 18 holes of golf can get a little tiresome, and the team decided to have a free barbeque for the participants to enjoy upon finishing the first nine holes of the course. The barbeque consisted of hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, chips, beer and a variety of Pepsi products. 

"The whole thing was team effort, and a lot of hard work and dedication went into the event," Cole said.