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Dream Cup golf tourney raises nearly $40,000

James Jean and Kelsey Jensen, winners of the Mack Blythe Outstanding Freshman of the Year awards, pose with Masil and Michael Blythe, coaches Chris Hayes and Christa Teno, and Seminole State President Dr. E. Ann McGee.

The Foundation for Seminole State College welcomed about 150 business leaders and College supporters to its 30th annual Dream Cup Challenge Golf Tournament, raising nearly $40,000 for student programs, scholarships and other areas of need at the College.

“We are so thankful to the sponsors and everyone who helped to make the Dream Cup such a resounding success,” says John Gyllin, executive director of the Foundation. “The event provided a great opportunity for participants to support Seminole State and its students while enjoying a day of recreation and networking. It was a fun time for everyone involved.”

The 18-hole competition, held April 29 at the Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes in Longwood, featured special competitions on holes 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.

Michael Kovaleski and Hannah Wickham won the men’s and women’s longest drive competitions, and Tom Ball won closest to the pin with a distance of 2 feet, 10 inches.

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

The award recipients were:

  • Kelsey Jensen, the No. 15-ranked women’s golfer in the NJCAA and a graduate of Plant City High School. She will be among the team of five representing the Lady Raiders at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship tournament in Mesa, Ariz., later this month. Jensen, an engineering major, maintains a 3.8 GPA, and she hopes to continue her career after Seminole State at a four-year program on a golf and academic scholarship. She is the only Lady Raider golfer to compete in every tournament this season.
  • James Jean, the starting first baseman for the Raider baseball team and a graduate of Palm Beach Gardens High School. Jean, a strong offensive presence and perhaps even better on defense, is No. 3 in the country in putouts (388) and just outside the top 50 in home runs (6). He maintains a batting average of .281 and an on-base percentage of .383, with 31 RBIs and 22 runs scored. Jean is enrolled in 15 credits, and he has a 3.6 GPA.
Seminole State President Dr. E. Ann McGee poses with the winning team, representing Attorneys' Title Fund Services.

The tournament was full to capacity with 36 foursomes participating. Refreshments were available throughout the course at tents set up by  event sponsors, including Moss Construction, Skanska, Charles Perry Partners Inc., Wharton-Smith, Moe’s and Duke Energy. Lunch was sponsored by Jax Fifth Avenue Deli & Ale House, beverages were provided by Wayne Densch, and Adkore Rehabilitation provided massage services during registration.

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 foursome of Chuck and Michael Kovaleski, Michael Grasdick and Phil Logas, representing Attorneys' Title Fund Services. Chuck Kovaleski is a longtime College supporter and a former College trustee, serving from 1994-99.

The winners of the second and third flights were:

  • Second flight: Tim Slattery, Phil Carter, John Freese and Michael Bolton, representing Citizens Bank of Florida, with a gross score of 61
  • Third flight: Kay Delk, Linda Reynolds, Travis Delk and Brian Opre, representing the Foundation/Delk Team, with a gross score of 65

Members of Seminole State’s women’s golf team helped with the competition. The Raiders are currently ranked No. 2 in the nation. A portion of the proceeds from the Dream Cup Challenge will benefit the Raider women’s golf program and the Dale Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund.

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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