Scholarships: The Driving Force in Swan Point Tourney

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18th CSM Foundation Golf Classic Links Community, Opportunity

            The volunteers setting out the sponsor and prize hole signs for the College of Southern Maryland Foundation Golf Classic felt a ‘hot one’ coming on hours before the shotgun start—so did the team from PNC Bank: James Andreacci, vice president business banker for St. Mary’s region; John Fentress, wealth management client advisor; Christopher Cox, wealth management sales and service specialist coordinator; and James Aten, vice president of institutional investments. The foursome sweated through four hours in 90-degree heat to end the tourney in first place. 

The Foundation’s 18th Annual Golf Classic on Aug. 20 raised more than $47,000 for programs that will benefit CSM students. Held at Swan Point Yacht and Country Club, the tournament fielded 144 golfers.

            The foursome sponsored by The Show Place Arena took home the second place award. Team members were Bill Mullikin, Terry Norell, Lew Hubbard and P.J. Wilson. The third place team, sponsored by Community Bank of Tri-County, was Greg Cockerham, Mike Middleton, Gordon O’Neill and Joe O’Neill.

            “We are extremely grateful for the generosity of our sponsors and players who through their participation have made a tremendous impact on so many CSM students,” said CSM Director of Development Martina Arnold. “I would also like to thank our fantastic volunteers who braved the heat to make this event a great success.”

            CSM alumni and former U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Greg Linton, who enrolled in classes at CSM using a scholarship award and veterans benefits following a tour in Iraq, thanked the players for their support and generosity. Linton transferred to Frostburg University this fall where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in social work.

            “The generosity of our community is absolutely amazing,” said CSM Vice President of Advancement Michelle Goodwin. “We had a successful tournament and raised more than $47,000 for student scholarships because of sponsors like Marrick Homes, Southern Maryland Newspapers, PNC Bank, Hess Construction, The Show Place Arena, Community Bank of Tri-County, Raley, Watts and O’Neill, Quality Built Homes, Mirant Mid-Atlantic, La Plata Development, Inc., Barry I. Aron, MD, PC and the list goes on and on. Our local businesses and friends continue to support student scholarships in good times and bad, and during these economic times is when students and their families need the help the most. We sincerely thank everyone.”

            Grand tournament sponsor for the 8th year, Marrick Properties, Inc., was recognized by CSM Foundation Vice Chair Greg Cockerham who also emceed the pre-tournament putting contest.  

            Shane Lonhardt with First Home Mortgage sunk his qualifying putt for the chance to win $5,000 for himself and a matching $5,000 for the Foundation Scholarship Fund—then missed the prize winning putt by just a few inches.

             “Year after year, this tournament not only brings together business and community members for a fun day of golf, but provides substantial opportunities for CSM students who might not otherwise realize their dreams,” said CSM President Brad Gottfried.

            Tournament organizers were Eric Grainger, chair, Casey Smith, Rhokey Millham, Dick Beers, Chris Hood, Carol Sprague, Hilda Herbert, John Sine, Marge Mayer, Martina Arnold, Michelle Goodwin, Toni Kruszka and Mary Lilly. Tournament sponsors were, Marrick Properties, Inc., Grand Tournament Sponsor; Southern Maryland Newspapers, Executive Sponsor; PNC Bank, Hess Construction + Engineering Services and The Show Place Arena, Corporate Sponsors; Community Bank of Tri-County, Raley, Watts and O'Neill, Quality Built Homes, Inc., Mirant Mid-Atlantic, La Plata Development, Inc. and Barry I. Aron, MD, PC, Partner Sponsors; The Language of Bodywork, Delegate John Wood, Davis, Upton, Palumbo & Keffler, Dennis Anderson Construction Corp., Lu Grainger, First Home Mortgage, Capital Welding, Inc. and Facchina, Patron Sponsors.

            For information on contributing to the CSM Foundation scholarship fund, visit