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Georgia Piedmont Technical College Foundation Tees up for Fundraising

Conyers, GA - October 16, 2012

Golfer Brian Afanador of Marietta, Ga
Golfer Brian Afanador of Marietta, Ga., celebrates his first hole-in-one during the Georgia Piedmont Technical Foundation Golf Tournament held at Cherokee Run Golf Club in Conyers, Ga., on October 15, 2012.

The Georgia Piedmont Technical College Foundation holds a fundraising golf tournament October 15, 2012. A total of 50 golfers from around the region participated, enjoying good playing conditions and great camaraderie at Cherokee Run Golf Club in Conyers, Ga.

Golfers showcased their varying skills in a scramble tournament, as well as a variety of individual competitions. The format for the tournament was a 4-person scramble. Foursomes teed off the 18-hole round with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. at the par-72, 7,016-yard course.

Winners of the tournament were:

  • Low gross team – Daryl Ferguson, Eric Gandy, Leon Hunt and Daryl Walker.

  • Second-place winners: Low Gross team – Brian Afanador, Chris Baker, Jim Finger and Brian Onstott.

  • Bob Meyer won the "closest to the pin" competition at the 6th hole; Ronnie Hobbs was the victor in the putting competition; and Brian Afanador got a hole-in-one.

The tournament was followed by a reception, at which GPTC President, Dr. Jabari Simama extolled the need for support of education.  "It is crucial that we keep the focus on educating our community.  Today we've gathered to have fun, but our mission is to help students who are in need of a little financial help to make their dreams a reality," said Simama.  The reception also included a raffle, and a presentation honoring tournament winners.

"This is great opportunity to reacquaint the College and its foundation with the broader community, as well as to nurture the partnerships between us and the business community," says Val Bates, chairman of the GPTC Foundation and president of KHAFRA Engineering Consultants, Inc.

The tournament's Gold sponsor was DeVry University. Silver sponsors were Gas South and Axiom Corporation. The Bronze sponsor was Youth Entrepreneurs of Georgia. Tent sponsors were Pinnacle Advertising, Bill Hawes and Dixon Golf. Other Hole Sponsors include: Natural EMS; Elect Jeff Wiggington Rockdale County Sheriff; Elect Ruth Wilson Rockdale County Clerk of Court; Elect Holly Bowie Rockdale County Clerk of Court; Elect Jason Hill Rockdale County Commission Chair; TSI Staffing; Dr. Simama – GPTC President; GPTC Student Affairs; S.L. King & Associates, Inc.

Early estimates indicate the GPTC Foundation made in excess of $10,000 from the one-day event. Plans are to make this an annual event. Proceeds from the GPTC Foundation Golf Tournament help fund student scholarships and educational activities at the college. The Foundation, a 25-year-old 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, assists in raising funds and securing resources to support the College's strategic initiatives and is managed through a volunteer board of trustees.

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About Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Established in 1961, Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC) is one of the top technical colleges in Georgia. As a student-centered institution, GPTC prepares individuals with the skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing, global economy. In August 2016, Georgia Piedmont was ranked among the top ten technical colleges in terms of enrollment by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. GPTC’s graduation rate is more than 74.3 percent, and its graduates secure employment at a level resulting in a 98.7 percent placement rate. With nearly 4,000 students, Georgia Piedmont’s adult education program is among the largest in the state. The college has 12 learning centers in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties. As set forth in its student catalog, Georgia Piedmont Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). Contact Lisa Peters, the ADA Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1154, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-170; or Dr. Debra Gordon, the Title IX Coordinator, at 404/297-9522, ext. 1176, or at the main DeKalb campus, 495 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston, GA 30021 Room A-103 for assistance. For more information about our graduation rates and other important program information, please visit our website at

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