Mini-golf tourney raises money for scholarships

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It might have been a miniature golf tournament, but there is nothing small about the impact the event will have on Denton County students who want to further their education.

The 12th annual North Central Texas College Denton County Foundation Miniature Golf Tournament brought together business leaders, school administrators and students to raise money for scholarships for Denton County students.

In its 12-year history, the tournament has raised more than $145,000 for scholarships thanks to the support of sponsors and participants. More than 284
scholarships have been awarded so far from this tournament to assist students in obtaining their education.

This year’s tournament, which was held on Sept. 16 at Zone Action Park in Lewisville, raised more than $15,000 for the scholarship fund.

NCTC has been serving Denton County at the Corinth campus since 2000. When that campus opened in 2000, there were 2,688 students. Today, more than 6,000 students are enrolled in classes.

Southern Denton County is served by the Flower Mound campus, which has enrollment of more than 1,800 students this fall. System-wide, the college has more than 10,000 students on five campuses.

The fundraiser not only featured miniature golf, but there was also a silent auction, a barbecue dinner and a performance by the NCTC Jazz Band. A record 213 players participated in this year’s tournament including many scholarship recipients.

The team representing Edward Jones finished in first place. That team included Ike Stevens, Fred Smith, Abe Nayfa and Kyle Nayfa. The second-place team representing T.D. Industries included Kyle Houge, Chad Duty and Mary Kobe. The third-place team representing Flower Mound Summit Club included Claudio Forest, Bryan Webb, Mark Glover and Paul Stone.

Kyle Nayfa was the lowest score individual, while Abe Nayfa was the second lowest score individual.

Edward Jones was the corporate challenge winner, while the NCTC Honors Program won the NCTC Putt-Putt Challenge.

Sponsors of the tournament included Edward Jones; TD Industries; Eikon.; North Star Bank of Texas; Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Denton; True Signs and Installations, Inc.; Denton Record-Chronicle; Anchor Bay Boats & RV Storage, LTD; Lake Cities Lions Club; Merki & Associates; Zone Action Park; Dr. Brent Wallace; Liberty Landscape Management; Pinnell Square; First United Bank; Summit Club of Flower Mound; Environs Group; JJW Properties LLC; and  Lake Dallas Mayor Tony Marino.

Hole sponsors included State Representative Myra Crownover, NCTC Surgical Technology, Helm Publishing, Denton County Republican Party, Dustin’s Office Machines, Clinton & Margaret Brennan, Debbie & Alan Sharp, Paige Nelson, Mr. B’s Bookkeeping & Tax Service, and

Proceeds from this event will be used for scholarships for students attending the Corinth and Flower Mound campuses. The Spring scholarship deadline is Oct. 15 and students can go to to apply for a scholarship online.

Darrin Allred is a public relations specialist with North Central Texas College.

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