Bossong golf tournament provides good times as YMCA fundraiser

ASHEBORO — The latest version of the Sam Bossong Golf Tournament was deemed another success.

The 23rd annual version took place Friday at Pinewood Country Club. It’s one of four major fundraisers for the Randolph-Asheboro YMCA.

“A lot of this money goes right back into our kids’ programs,” said Patrick O’Hara, executive director and CEO of the Randolph-Asheboro YMCA. “It has been a great fundraiser.”

More than 100 golfers took part. O’Hara said the tournament often raises up to $15,000, with a silent auction a significant part of that.

There were 28 foursomes, which is a large increase from the first tournament more than two decades ago. Spots in the tournament sold out in about 10 days, O’Hara said.

Holding the event in memory of Bossong is appropriate, O’Hara said, because of the support that Bossong and his family provided to the YMCA and other community projects.

The Asheboro Junior Women’s Club is the host and organizer of the tournament, a role the club has had for the past 22 tournaments.

Golfers head toward tees for a shotgun start. (PJ WARD-BROWN/NORTH STATE JOURNAL)

“They do a lot of work,” O’Hara said of the club’s members.

Gina McKee has been in a primary role overseeing the tournament for 13 years, O’Hara said.

Some area participants have entered the tournament every year it has been held, O’Hara said. It’s deemed a fun springtime tradition for many of the golfers.

“I love this tournament because it is fun,” O’Hara said.

Support from Chick-fil-A and Beane Signs has been instrumental in assisting the tournament, O’Hara said.

Proceeds go to the Randolph-Asheboro YMCA’s “Invest in People” annual scholarship campaign, Sam Bossong Playground, SplashPad and other youth programs and equipment.

Here are items for the silent auction. (PJ WARD-BROWN/NORTH STATE JOURNAL)
By Bob Sutton