19 teams compete to raise funds for adult literacy at annual golf tournament

Posted on Oct 26, 2020 at 14:24 PM

The golf tournament winners (gross) from Morris Bank pictured from left to right: Cliff Wildes, Greg Oliff, Bill Blount, and Larry Mays

19 teams recently competed in the annual J. David Russell Memorial Golf Tournament at Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro to raise funds for Adult Education and Adult Literacy at Ogeechee Technical College. 

“This tournament is critical to our mission of serving the adult education and literacy needs of our community,” said Samantha Smith, Dean of Adult Education at Ogeechee Tech. “The funds raised will provide scholarships for testing and additional training opportunities for students which is key to their success as they pursue technical education and employment opportunities.”

Prior to the shotgun start, Makika Kelly, a graduate of the Adult Education program, shared her thoughts on what Adult Education at OTC has meant to her.

“I just want to take a moment to thank every person who is out here at the tournament to support Adult Education,” said Kelly. “It has not only afforded me the opportunity to get my GED at the age of 42, but to take the next step in pursuing my dreams of getting my Business degree.” 

The tournament consisted of a pool of 19 teams that all competed to raise money for the college’s adult literacy programs in Bulloch, Evans, and Screven counties. Ogeechee Tech president Lori Durden had the pleasure of greeting teams as they made their way around the course.

“We are incredibly grateful for our donors and participants and how well they support our tournament every year. People in our community are empowered by the gift of literacy every day because of the funds raised during this event,” said Durden.

The first-place team (gross total) was from Morris Bank and consisted of golfers Cliff Wildes, Greg Oliff, Bill Blount, and Larry Mays. The net total winners were from Wells Fargo Financial Advisors and consisted of golfers Mike Hatten, Leonard Blount, Randy Hill, and Ken Ritchie.

The proceeds will be used to help pay for the cost of the GED exam for qualifying students and to provide Integrated Education and Training (IET) opportunities for students as well.

For more information about the adult education program call 912-871-1721 or visit

Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia. OTC provides student‐centered academic and occupational programs and support services at the associate degree, diploma, and certificate levels. OTC utilizes traditional and distance education methodologies in state-of-the-art facilities while supporting adult education, continuing education, and customized business and industry workforce training. adult education, continuing education, and customized business and industry workforce training.




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