PDCCC 13th Annual Golf Tournament fundraiser features amateur celebrity guest Ben Hunter

Ben Hunter with clubsThis year, the Paul D. Camp Community College Foundation will feature a special guest at its golf fundraiser slated for Thursday, September 15.
 
The 2006 Sleepy Hole Amateur Champion and first two-time USCAA National Champion Benford “Ben” Hunter, a native of Suffolk, will be a participant at the event. His team will play to help raise money for PDCCC’s student scholarships and educational support for the foundation.
 
“Our grants coordinator had a connection with Mr. Hunter, and we thought it would be a wonderful draw for participants this year,” said Dr. Renee Felts, vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of the foundation. “We want to raise as much as we can to help our students have the resources they need to pursue their education and to offer them quality programs as well.”
 
Playing the sport since age 3, Hunter was a four-time First Team All-District and Regional Honoree at Lakeland High School. He received a full-time golf scholarship to Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss. He eventually returned home and attended The Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding, where he graduated. While serving as captain of the golf team, he set records and contributed to the receipt of prestigious titles that the school had previously not attained. He is currently employed at the Newport News Shipbuilding / Huntington Ingalls as a crane rigger/operator.
 
“I believe in helping people and creating opportunities for others,” Hunter said about his desire to participate in the tourney.
 
Although his ultimate goal is to become a PGA Tour player, he wants to use that recognition to give the youth in the community the option to be successful rather than choosing life on the streets. He is currently in the process of creating a youth golf program.
 
“I envision coaching collegiate golf one day in order to push student athletes in the right direction through college and beyond,” he said. “I want to be an ambassador for the game of golf in Hampton Roads and use that opportunity to be the young face with which the youth can connect.”
 
The PDCCC Foundation’s 13th Annual Golf Tournament gets underway with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, September 15, at Sleepy Hole Golf Course in Suffolk. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. A boxed dinner will be available during the awards announcements at approximately 5:30 p.m.
 
Prizes will be awarded for superlative feats, as well as first place winners in each of three flights. A rain date has been set for Thursday, September 22.
 
The cost is $75 per person, which includes golf cart rental, dinner and incentives. For more information, visit www.pdc.edu/golf. Sponsorship packages begin at $350.