Golf Tournament raises $10,600

April 30, 2017 by Anonymous

Northland Pioneer College students will benefit from scholarships funded by the second annual Northland Pioneer College Friends and Family Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 29, at the Silver Creek Golf Club.

Mascot Ernie Eagle with the Hole-in-One car from Horne Auto. Unfortunately, no one won the vehicle.
NPC Mascot Ernie Eagle with the Hole-in-One car
from Horne Auto

The foursome of Wayne Abott, Carl Enrico, Jim and Trond Matteson scored a 61 to take first place. One stroke back, the team of Jerome Crowther, Brendon Larson, Bubba McKinney and Brandon Queen finished second. Another stroke back was the third-place team of Eric Bishop, Mike Ervin, Antonio Garcia and Mark Jeffries with a 63.

Gina Belknap recorded the ladies longest drive. Jesse Dewitt had the men’s longest drive on #10. Leonard Lee was closest to the pin on #7, with Frank Barela closest on #13.

Players praised tournament organizers and volunteers, while braving a chilly, gusty round, sprinkled with light snow showers.  Most indicated they would be back next April to help support the scholarship fundraiser.

“Our Golden Eagle sponsor, Summit Healthcare, and major sponsors including Hyrum Cottrell with Edward Jones in Snowflake, Pioneer Title, Tetra Tech, Foothills Golf Club, Bison Golf Club, Best Wash, Brimhall Realty and Pinetop Brewing Company helped us raise $10,600 for our scholarship fund,” noted Betsyann Wilson, executive director of NPC Friends and Family. “We also want to thank our friends at Horne Auto for providing the beautiful Hole-in-One car, as well as the many businesses and individuals who contributed to our raffle.We especially appreciate the staff at Silver Creek Golf Club who are terrific to work with in planning and during our event.”

“Since Fall 2014, NPC Friends and Family has awarded over 100 scholarships to NPC students. This financial assistance allowed them to achieve their educational goals, earning their associate degree or completing the training needed for their career,” added Wilson. NPC Friends and Family Board President Eric Bishop pointed out that these scholarships clearly make a difference, noting that of the students who have received scholarships, 98 percent have either completed their academic goals with NPC or are still enrolled at the college.

NPC Friends and Family will be hosting a Disc Golf Tournament on Saturday, August 12, at the Four Seasons course in Snowflake. More information and registration links can be found at

Photos from the golf tournament can be viewed and downloaded from

To learn more about NPC Friends and Family, visit their website,, or contact Wilson at (928) 536-6245.