Azalea Orthopedics Scholarship Golf Tournament scores another hole-in-one

Mar 30, 2015 by
Kim Foreman

Dr. Kim Foreman, representing title sponsor Azalea Orthopedics, welcomes guests to pre-tournament luncheon.

The 27th annual Tyler Junior College Foundation scholarship golf tournament shattered previous fund-raising records for the event. Held Sept. 4, 2014 at Hollytree Country Club in Tyler, the event raised $75,000 in scholarships as a result of the generosity of 69 sponsors and 28 teams.

Golf tournaments are a popular choice for fund-raising, and the TJC Foundation tournament is no exception. It gives participants an enjoyable day on the course, plenty of sponsorship opportunities and allows the benefiting students to be involved in the event as well. Azalea Orthopedics served as the title sponsor for the tournament for the second year. For orthopedic care, Azalea believes that the difference is in specialty care. They continue to support the TJC Foundation’s tournament, because they believe that scholarships make a difference in the lives of TJC students.

The 2014 tournament enables dozens of students to attend TJC with financial help, which in turn

Delek, HGR/Turner and Allen Samuels Corporate Scholars (clockwise, from left) are: Markita Nickelberry, Hayden Gable, Chance Selvidge, Natalia Sanches and Taylor Pyle.

Delek, HGR/Turner and Allen Samuels Corporate Scholars (clockwise, from left) are: Markita Nickelberry, Hayden Gable, Chance Selvidge, Natalia Sanches and Taylor Pyle.

builds the community through a better-educated and prepared workforce. The obvious benefits to the whole area draw participants to the tournament.

In addition to the title sponsor, three Corporate Scholar Sponsors each donated $5,000.  Delek Refining, Ltd. (third year), HGR/Turner Joint Venture (second year), and Allen Samuels Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Tyler (a new sponsor at this level, thanks to president and general manager Mark Warren.) These sponsor funds go directly to the three students who were surprised at the luncheon with a $5,000 scholarship to cover the two years they attend TJC. These outstanding students were awarded from a pool of golf tournament scholarship recipients.

Other student recipients receive a $1,000 scholarship to help with their tuition and expenses. These funds spell the difference between attending college and being able to focus on studies and activities, as opposed to having to work and study—or forgo college altogether.

The tournament committee featured a student testimonial as part of the pre-tournament luncheon, attended by 225 people and sponsored by the Louis & Peaches Owen Family Foundation for the 5th consecutive year.

Mikenna Denton touched hearts and reinforced the importance of the Foundation scholarship program as she told her story. Mikenna lost her father to a car wreck that also badly injured her 3-year-old brother and devastated the family for some time. Her mother eventually remarried, which increased the size of the family from six to 12. Not only does this make for difficulties in paying for education for all, but both parents are themselves actively completing their higher education degrees.

For Mikenna, the scholarships she receives mean college is in reach. She did her part by graduating

Recipient Mikenna Denton speaks during the luncheon.

Recipient Mikenna Denton speaks during the luncheon.

8th in her class at Harmony High School, participating in the TJC Honors program and maintaining a 4.0 grade point average.

It is the TJC Foundation’s privilege to give her the additional assistance necessary to make her college dreams come true as she aspires to be an occupational therapy assistant.

Additional sponsors of the event included new supporters Presidio (Shirt Sponsor), Fitzpatrick Architects (new Sweet Treat Sponsor), Randall Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram (Hole-in-One Sponsor), Canyon Creek Travel (Raffle Sponsor—winner will enjoy a cruise of the western Caribbean during Spring Break 2015 with the TJC Apache Belles), and Don Juan restaurants of Tyler (Promotional Dining Day Sponsor, which gave 10 percent of sales from one day of dining at all three of their Tyler locations.)

Organizing and overseeing a golf tournament is a big job, and the committee this year included representatives from Jacksonville and Lindale, where TJC now has locations as well. Special thanks are due to Tournament Chair Darin Newhouse of Henry & Peters PC (a member of the advisory committee since 2010), Immediate Past Chair Loren Bennett of Eiche Mapes and Company Inc., Incoming Chair Claude Henry of Texas Bank and Trust, and committee members Gary Ables (Ables-Land, Inc.), Lee Browning (Servpro of Tyler), Clark Hampe Jr., (Hampe Law Firm PLLC), Paul N. Latta (DDS), Jason Layne (PA), Jay Misenheimer (Community Volunteer), Scott Sawyer (Eiche Mapes and Company, Inc.), Kevin Shively (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas), Dick Stone (Stone Financial Services), Eleanor Stringer (Community Volunteer), Stan Surratt (Superintendent, Lindale ISD) and Bruce Thomson (American State Bank). Plans are already in the works for next year’s tournament, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, at Hollytree Country Club in Tyler. Interested sponsors and players should contact Mitch Andrews with the TJC Foundation office at 903-510-2034 or




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