‘Fore’ the future: TJC Foundation Golf Tournament raises more than $100,000 to support TJC scholarships

Feb 14, 2017 by

Abbi Splawn

Abbi Splawn graduated from Tyler Junior College in 2009, but she remembers with perfect clarity the impact TJC scholarships made on her future.

Upon graduating from TJC, Splawn went on to the University of Louisiana Monroe and became a pharmacist. She now owns and operates Overton Pharmacy.

Splawn shared her story during the luncheon for the Azalea Orthopedics Scholarship Golf Tournament benefitting the TJC Foundation. In its 29th year, the foundation’s annual event was held Sept. 9 at Hollytree Country Club.

“I remember beginning my journey to become a pharmacist and feeling grateful for the opportunity I had been given,” she said. “The science classes that I took at TJC were some of the most challenging of my college career.

“TJC laid the foundation for my education and helped me set the pace for the rest of my college journey.”

To this year’s scholarship recipients present, she said, “TJC will provide you with the steps, but it is up to you to take them.”

Scholarships were awarded to 64 deserving TJC students, thanks to the generosity of golfers and sponsors. The 2016 tournament set a record for sponsor participation.

For the fourth consecutive year, Azalea Orthopedics served as the title sponsor; and for the seventh year, the Louis & Peaches Owen  Family Foundation served as luncheon sponsor.

As they arrived at Hollytree, tournament sponsors, golfers and guests were greeted by the rousing music of the Apache Band. The TJC Apache Belles served as greeters.

Corporate sponsors Delek Refining Ltd., HGR General Contractors, Express Personnel and Neighbors Emergency Center each contributed $5,000 for two-year scholarships, which were awarded to surprised and grateful recipients Garren Morris, Jacob Moore, Krescenda Bircher and Kelsi Pate during the luncheon.

The tournament advisory committee included: chair Claude Henry, Texas Bank & Trust; Gary Ables, Ables Land Inc.; Loren Bennett, Eiche Mapes & Company, Inc.; Lee Browning, SERVPRO of Tyler; Charles Hill, Oncor; Paul Latta, DDS; Brian McCabe, Southside Bank; Darin Newhouse, Henry & Peters, PC; Tom Seale, Citizens National Bank; Eleanor Stringer, community volunteer; Stan Surratt, superintendent, Lindale ISD; Brenda Thomas, Hibbs Hallmark & Company; and Bruce Thomson, American State Bank.

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News, Winter 2017

About the author

Barbara King is the Director for Major Gifts and Special Incentives at Tyler Junior College.