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Golfers raise $44,000 in Foundation's 2014 Dream Cup tourney

The foursome representing Nature's Table won the 31st annual Dream Cup. Left to right: Seminole State Trustee Vice Chair Alex Setzer, Seminole State Athletic Director John Scarpino, Joe Rintharamy,  Lou Neto, Corey Mozingo, Seminole State Trustee Wendy Brandon, Foundation Executive Director John Gyllin.

The Foundation for Seminole State College welcomed a sold-out assembly of 144 business leaders and College supporters to its 31st annual Dream Cup Challenge Golf Tournament presented by Sunniland Corp., raising $44,000 for student programs, scholarships and other areas of need at the College.

“The Dream Cup provided a wonderful day of recreation and networking for community members and supporters of Seminole State,” says John Gyllin, executive director of the Foundation for Seminole State. “We raised money for a great cause  and are so thankful to the sponsors and everyone involved in making this event possible.”

The 18-hole competition, held April 21 at the Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes in Longwood, featured special competitions and activities throughout the course. In addition to competitions such as longest drive, closest to the pin and inside the circle, contestants also were invited to:

  • Draw five playing cards in an attempt to get the best poker hand.
  • Take photos with Seminole State President Dr. E. Ann McGee as she joined them for a putt at the ninth hole.

Outstanding Freshman of the Year

Before the event kicked off, two student-athletes were honored with Mack Blythe Outstanding Freshman of the Year awards for their accomplishments on and off the field. Blythe, the College’s former Business Department chair, founded the tournament to raise money for student programs and scholarships.

The award recipients were:

Austin Hays and Stephanie Adkins
  • Stephanie Adkins, a starting pitcher for the Raider softball team and a graduate of Timber Creek High School. In addition to her perfect 4.0 GPA, Adkins has proved herself as one of the Raiders’ most reliable defensive weapons. She holds a 12-7 record as a starter, and she has notched five saves, tying a school record. Her ERA of 1.24 is the eighth-best in Florida and No. 21 nationally, and she holds opponents to a batting average of just .203. Adkins also leads the state and ranks in the top 10 in the country in strikeouts (124). She was named statewide pitcher of the week for the week of Feb. 10-16. Complementing her defensive stats, she has the team’s fourth-best batting average (.333) to go along with three home runs and 12 RBIs.
  • Austin Hays, a starting outfielder for the Raider baseball team and a graduate of Spruce Creek High School. Hays has emerged as an offensive leader on the team, ranking first or second in six offensive categories. He’s No. 1 in hits (45), RBIs (29), home runs (4) and slugging percentage (.588), and No. 2 in on-base percentage (.437) and batting average (.395). His .967 fielding percentage, including 52 putouts and seven assists, makes him a formidable defensive presence. Hays maintains a 3.7 GPA.

In addition to the money raised through the tournament, Masil Blythe, widow of Mack Blythe, presented a gift of $10,000 to establish an endowed program account to support Seminole State’s Athletics Program.

A capacity of 36 foursomes participated. Refreshments and giveaways were available throughout the course at tents set up by event sponsors, including Popular Community Bank, Matern, Central Florida Regional Hospital and Wharton-Smith. Lunch was sponsored by Jax Fifth Avenue Deli & Ale House, and beverages were provided by Wayne Densch.

Teams were divided by score into three separate flights, and winners of each flight were determined by a match of cards. Winning the first flight and the Dream Cup, with a gross score of 54, was the team of Corey Monzinga, John Scarpino, Joe Rintharamy and Lou Neto, representing Seminole State-based Nature’s Table. Guy Bennett, owner of the Nature’s Table franchises, is donating the team’s $400 winnings back to the Dream Cup, along with an additional $500 gift.

On the final hole, teams could opt to take advantage of a drive from Phon Angwarawong, one of Seminole State’s top women’s golfers. Other members of the women’s golf team also helped with the competition. The Raiders are currently ranked No. 2 in the nation and will send a team of five players to compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship tournament May 12-15.

The Dream Cup Challenge is one of Seminole County's premier golf events and a top fundraiser for the Foundation for Seminole State. For more information about the Foundation, please visit their website.

View photos from the 2014 Dream Cup Challenge

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