When they sat down to make plans for a fundraising event, Executive Director Cynthia Bradley and Board Members Peter Stilwell, Janeen Driscoll, and Phil Fulghum envisioned a golf tournament that would not follow the traditional model. They chose an 18-hole, 5-person team championship, including one area professional and four amateur golfers per team. The teams would play a net, best two-balls of the team, and all professionals would play at scratch during the Pro-Am Classic. The participating amateur teams would compete for trophies and prizes, while the golf professionals would vie for a sponsored combined-cash purse. In keeping with the goal to raise funds for local disaster relief, they wisely named the tournament "Masters for Disasters" Red Cross Pro-Am Classic".
June 17 proved to be a beautiful sunny day for the event. The field was full, with 24 five-man teams ready for play on the Rees Jones' designed Pinehurst No. 7 course. Golfers were welcomed with tee gifts and breakfast, donated by Biscuitville. When they returned to the clubhouse after play, they were treated to a barbecue lunch provided by Texas Road House. Beverages served throughout the day were donated by FirstHealth, R.A. Jeffreys, and Aberdeen Coca Cola. The winning team, pictured with their trophies, was led by David McNeill of Duke Energy.
The major sponsor was First Bank Corporation. Other generous sponsors included Duke Energy, Trident Marketing, BB&T, Vantage South, Sandhills Rental, Railroad Friction Products, McDonalds, and Pinehurst Resort LLC. Many local businesses contributed to the success of the event by donating an item or service for the silent auction. We are also grateful to all the local golfers who came out to join a team and support the Red Cross.