Annual Hope Golf Classic raises funds for Steps to HOPE

Published 10:30 am Thursday, November 24, 2022

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Friday, November 4 turned out to be a beautiful day for golf at Links O’Tryon, as the 19th Annual Hope Golf Classic teed off to raise funds for Steps to HOPE. 

The Hope Golf Classic had over a hundred competitors and almost thirty teams. It was the only fundraiser for this year for Steps to HOPE, the Columbus-based domestic violence and sexual assault center. The player registration fee, minus greens and cart fees, and any donations to Steps to HOPE all went to fund their current programs.

This year’s tournament winners, Jeff Powell, Scotty Green, David Hunt and Joe Wantuch, won a round of golf at The Cliffs at Glassy Golf Course and a Golf Buddy Laser Lite Rangefinder.

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The Hope Golf Classic raises the funds Steps to HOPE needs to serve its mission of creating a community free from the violence of domestic and sexual abuse. Steps to HOPE provides emergency safe shelter to those seeking refuge from domestic violence or sexual assault and offers a 24-hour hotline for crisis intervention and assistance. They provide free counseling, support groups, and court advocacy to help victims navigate the judicial process in the strictest confidence.

“All staff at Steps to HOPE take part in making the tournament run smoothly,” said Events Coordinator Jessica Cashwell. “We also have numerous volunteers who give their time and effort to make the tournament successful. We greatly appreciate the overwhelming support shown by golfers, businesses, families, and individuals who not only offer financial support but make donations of prizes, food and beverages, and their time and talents to help ensure the success of this event.”

The event was sponsored by Carol & Chris Bartol, Brock’s Cleaners, Tryon Bottle, Century 21/Mountain Lifestyles, Clover Acupuncture, Dogwood Farm Kennels, Edward Jones/Taylor Jones, First Citizens Bank, Cindy Viehman/Tryon Foothills Realty, Foster Hardee Agency/Boiling Springs SC, R. Anderson Haynes/Attorney, Jackson’s Wrecker Service, Jeremy Wood/SC/NC Realty, KW Realty/Kelly Vogel, L. Blake Smyth/CPA, Landscape Specialities, Stanton Enterprise, McFarland Funeral Home, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Southern Trust Insurance Group, Southside Smokehouse, State Farm Insurance/Tiffany Freel, The Rural Seed, Dr. Sandra McCormack, Budweiser of Spartanburg/Bill Schuler, Duke Energy Carolinas/Craig DeBrew, Dr. Mary Duran/MD PA, Harvey & Kaye Spiegel, Chuck & Bonnie Lingerfelt, Glassy Mountain Cigar & Fitness Club, Tryon Foothills Realty, Gramling Brothers Surveying, Hensons’ Inc. Mulch & More, TK Farms, Tryon Theatre, Wood Creek Dental/Dr. Levi Hunt, Petty Funeral Home, Ashworth Financial Group, DoverMEI, HomeTrust Bank, Job Impulse, Inc, Main Street Financial, Prince Oil Co., Inc., New View Realty/Kathy Toomey, Hare & Hound/Patty Otto, and Tryon Horse & Home/Karl Small.

Those interested in learning more about Steps to HOPE can call (828) 894-2340.