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Golfers drive in $40,000 for Seminole State

Seminole State President Dr. E. Ann McGee poses with the winning team, representing Jax Fifth Ave. Deli & Ale House. From left to right: Dr. McGee; team members Mike Crusco, Drew Benson and Mike Furey; restaurant owners Freddie and Raymond Khoshnou; team member Chase Khoshnou; Foundation Board Chairman Daniel J. O'Keefe; and John Gyllin, executive director, Foundation for Seminole State College.

The Foundation for Seminole State College welcomed about 150 business leaders and College supporters to its 29th annual Dream Cup Challenge Golf Tournament, raising more than $40,000 for student programs, scholarships and other areas of need at the College.

“The Dream Cup was a great success and provided a wonderful opportunity to bring together key members of our community for a day of networking and recreation, all while supporting Seminole State students,” says John Gyllin, executive director of the Foundation. “We are so thankful to the sponsors who helped make this event possible.”

Members of Seminole State’s NJCAA Region 8 champion women’s golf team were on hand to help with the competition. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Raider women’s golf program and the Dale Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The 18-hole competition, held April 30 at the Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes, featured special competitions on separate holes throughout the course. In addition to competitions such as longest drive, closest to the pin and inside the circle – all staples of golf tournaments – contestants also were invited to participate in:

  • Tee with the President, at which players took photos with Seminole State President Dr. E. Ann McGee as she joined them for a putt at the ninth hole
  • An opening drive from the women’s tee by a Seminole State golfer to help out on the final hole.
Elizabeth Eby

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 Dream Cup Challenge to raise money for student programs and scholarships.

The award recipients were:

Elizabeth Eby, an infielder on Seminole State’s softball team. Eby, a graduate of University High School in Orlando, maintains a 4.0 GPA at Seminole State. She starts at second base for the Raiders and serves as one of the top defensive players, holding a fielding percentage of .972. On offense, Eby has 6 RBIs and 11 runs while batting .230. She also leads the team with 11 sacrifice bunts.

Darryl Knight

Darryl Knight, the starting catcher for the Raider baseball team and a graduate of Wekiva High School. Knight, one of Seminole State’s fiercest offensive presences, boasts a .270 batting

average. He leads the team in home runs (7), RBIs (30) and walks (28), and he’s second in runs scored (29). Knight plans on pursuing a business degree with the intention of playing professional baseball.

The foursome of Mike Furey, Drew Benson, Mike Crusco and Chase Khoshnou, representing Jax Fifth Ave. Deli & Ale House in Lake Mary – also the event’s lunch sponsor – won the tournament with a gross score of 54.

If you would like to see photos of the Dream Cup Challenge, please view the gallery on the Seminole State Flickr page.

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 and a complete list of tournament winners, please visit the Foundation's website.

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