Michael Martin Tournament Brings in Over $50,000 for UMO

Michael Martin Tournament Brings in Over $50,000 for UMO


MOUNT OLIVE- The 29th Annual Friendly Mart/Michael Martin Memorial Golf Tournament was held on Thursday, August 18, 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 silent auction, lunch courtesy of Platinum sponsor McCalls Bar-B-Que & Seafood, and other donations 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 will be around $50,000+ bringing the 29-year total to over $ 690,000.


First flight winners were:  Southeastern Chemical Company/ITG with team members David Devon, Chuck Brown, Glenn Lowe, and Steve Kirchhoff.


President Dr. Philip P. Kerstetter stated, “This tournament continues to be tremendously popular among golfers, continuously supported by local businesses, and successfully executed.  We are deeply grateful to tournament director Neil Price and committee members including Dwayne McKay, Bill Clingan, A. N. Martin, Steve Martin, Dean Rouse, Jimmy Adams 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, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit old.umo.edu.