Annual Golf Tournament Brings in Over $ 63,000 for UMO

Annual Golf Tournament Brings in Over $ 63,000 for UMO

MOUNT OLIVE- This year marked the 33rd Annual Friendly Mart/Michael Martin Memorial Golf Tournament held in memory of NC Highway Patrolman, Michael Martin, a Mount Olive College alumnus who was killed in the line of duty. The event supports student scholarships and the Trojan Club at the University of Mount Olive.

The tournament which had a total of 200 golfers featured breakfast by Stevens Sausage, a lunch cookout, a silent auction, and giveaways courtesy of many sponsors and supporters.

Tournament Coordinator Neil Price who works with Friendly Mart, the underwriting sponsor of the tournament, said, “I would really like to extend a special thanks to our vendors and suppliers as they are an integral part of making the tournament the success it is through their monetary support and participation. We also want to thank those who donated to our raffle. Local businesses truly showed their dedication to the community and to the students at the University of Mount Olive. We couldn’t do it without their support.”

According to initial reports, this year’s tournament proceeds are over $63,000, bringing the 33-year total to over $943,000.00.

Dwayne McKay, Director of External Affairs for Athletics said, “I appreciate all who helped make this a successful fundraising event. The sponsors and golfers enjoy playing in this tournament and supporting a great cause.”

Dr. Ed Croom, UMO Interim President, stated, “On behalf of the UMO community, we would like to thank the many sponsors and players who contributed to the success of the 33rd Annual Friendly Mart/Michael Martin Memorial Golf Tournament. The success of this tournament is far-reaching and impactful for our students and the Trojan Club. We are deeply grateful to tournament director Neil Price and committee members including Dean Rouse, Dwayne McKay, A. N. Martin, Steve Martin, Ernie Taylor and all of the vendors and participants that made this event happen.”

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University is sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists. For more information, visit

2020 Tournament winners Rob Farmer, Corbett Cumming, Tyler Smith, and Mike Brothers

5538: Friendly Mart/Michael Martin Memorial Golf Tournament committee members (L-R): Dwayne McKay, Dean Rouse, Neil Price, A. N. Martin, and Steve Martin. Not pictured Ernie Taylor.



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