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18th Annual J.D. Powell Memorial Golf Tournament raises more than $14,000 for GNTC Students

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William Hamilton was part of the International Paper team in the 18th annual J.D. Powell Memorial Golf Tournament.


(Adairsville, GA)
– More than $14,000 was raised to provide funding and financial aid to Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) students during the 18th annual J.D. Powell Memorial Golf Tournament held at Barnsley Resort in Adairsville on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

 

The tournament was sponsored by the Foundation at GNTC. James Derward Powell served as the president of GNTC from 1987-1994.

 

Teams that participated included: Bank of LaFayette, Cedarstream, Coca Cola, Dalton Utilities, Five Star Food, Flegal Insurance, Fox Systems, Georgia Power, The HON Company, International Paper, Jay LeGrande Team, Miura America, Mohawk Industries, Nesbitt Consulting, Rehab Techniques, Powell Team, Ringgold Telephone Co., Southeastern Mills, Team 507, and United Community Bank.

 

The J.D. Powell Memorial Golf Tournament was divided into two flights and prizes were awarded to the first place teams in each flight.

 

1st Flight – 1st Place

Rehab Techniques, consisting of: Michele Randall, Keith Randall, Jeff Bennett, and David Pledger.

 

2nd Flight – 1st Place

Jay LeGrande Team, consisting of: Mitchell LeGrande, Charles Pinkard, Bobby Hitchcock, and Chuck Wright.

 

Kevin Black won “Closest to the Pin” and Andreas Gjesteby won “Longest Drive.”

 

Special guests playing in the tournament included members of the Powell family: Blake Cescutti, Charlie Powell, Jim Powell, and Tripp Powell.

 

There were four Tournament Sponsors: Fox Systems, Inc.; The HON Company; Mohawk Industries, Inc.; and Shaw Industries Group, Inc.

 

Proceeds raised from the tournament will be used to provide scholarships and financial assistance to GNTC students. The foundation also assists with purchasing equipment for programs, providing training for faculty and staff, and furthering marketing and public relations efforts.

 

Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma, or a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.

Georgia Northwestern to Hold 18th Annual J.D. Powell Memorial Golf Tournament

 

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George Bullard was part of the Mount Vernon Mills Team in last year’s annual J.D. Powell Memorial Golf Tournament.

The Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Foundation is sponsoring the 18th annual J.D. Powell Memorial Golf Tournament at Barnsley Resort in Adairsville on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Proceeds from the tournament will provide funding and scholarship assistance to GNTC students.

 

James Derward Powell served as the president of GNTC from 1987-1994.

 

Registration is now open and is $600 per team with up to four people on a team. The team fee includes boxed lunch, goody bag, 18 holes of golf with cart, and entry for door prizes. Hole sponsorships are available for $200 or $150 when purchased with a team entry. Tent Sponsorships are also available for $500. Registration is limited and is on a first-come first-serve basis.

 

Tournament sponsors are Fox Systems, Inc.; The HON Company; Mohawk Industries, Inc.; and Shaw Industries Group, Inc.

 

Prizes will be awarded for first in flight, longest drive, and closest to the pin.

 

On the day of the tournament, registration will begin at 9:15 a.m. followed by announcements. Tee Time begin will begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by lunch, awards, and a ball drop after the tournament is over. Tickets are available now for the ball drop.

 

Proceeds raised from the tournament will be used to provide scholarships and financial assistance to GNTC students. The foundation also assists with purchasing equipment for programs, providing training for faculty and staff, and furthering marketing and public relations efforts.

 

Registration forms are available online by visiting “Upcoming Events” on GNTC’s homepage at www.gntc.edu.  For additional sponsor or entry information, contact Jason Gamel at 706.764.3810 or via email jgamel@gntc.edu.

 

Georgia Northwestern Technical College provides quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. Students have the opportunity to earn an associate degree, diploma, or a certificate in business, health, industrial, or public service career paths. This past year, 13,734 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 7,876 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 5,858 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.

Foundation Tournament Set For October 25

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18th Annual J.D. Powell Memorial Golf Tournament at Barnsley Gardens in Adairsville, Georgia on October 25. Click the link for your registration form today! Proceeds benefit the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Foundation, Incorporated. For more information, contact Jason Gamel at 706.764.3810.

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Celebrating 10 Years of Bobcat Athletics

Georgia Northwestern Technical College is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its athletic program in 2016. Pictured are (front row, from left) head cheerleading coach Karen Stoker, head volleyball coach Carrie Powell, assistant women's basketball coach Marissa Camp and GNTC Student Life Coordinator Dione Waddington. On the back row is GNTC Assistant Director of Marketing and Public Relations Don Foley, Sports Information Director Scott Herpst, former interim school president and Athletic Department Hall of Famer Jeff King, men's and women's basketball coach and Athletic Director David Stephenson, head golf coach Jared Willerson and GNTC Vice-President for Student Affairs Stuart Phillips. (Photo courtesy of GNTC)
Georgia Northwestern Technical College is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its athletic program in 2016. Pictured are (front row, from left) head cheerleading coach Karen Stoker, head volleyball coach Carrie Powell, assistant women’s basketball coach Marissa Camp and GNTC Student Life Coordinator Dione Waddington. On the back row is GNTC Assistant Director of Marketing and Public Relations Don Foley, Sports Information Director Scott Herpst, former interim school president and Athletic Department Hall of Famer Jeff King, men’s and women’s basketball coach and Athletic Director David Stephenson, head golf coach Jared Willerson and GNTC Vice-President for Student Affairs Stuart Phillips. (Photo courtesy of GNTC)

(Walker County, Georgia) – What was once just a line item in a study looking to boost the college experience for local students has become a major selling point for Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

The year 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of athletics at the school. This past decade has seen Bobcat and Lady Bobcat intercollegiate teams compete for and win region championships, battle in national tournaments and make a name for themselves against some of the top small college programs in the country.

But for Athletic Director David Stephenson, it means so much more than that.

“Our mission statement, if there is one, is ‘education, character and athletic development’,” he explained. “Our goal, first and foremost, is to get our guys and girls an education so they can go out later and make a living, while at the same time teaching them life skills. If we can do all of that, while at the same time giving them the awesome opportunity to play college sports, we’ve met our goal.”

“WE DIDN’T EVEN HAVE A PEACH BASKET”

A 2005 study funded by Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) schools asked students for their input in how to make the technical schools feel more like community colleges, and sports was one of top things mentioned by the students.

Bobcat Athletic Hall of Famer Jeff King was serving as the college’s Vice President of Administrative Services when he was informed by then-college president Dr. Ray Brooks of a plan by other TCSG schools to try and start up their own athletic programs.

“We didn’t have any teams or equipment or uniforms or anything,” King recalled. “All we had was a thought that we might do this. Just a wing and a prayer.”

Some stories were sent out by the school’s media relations department explaining the school’s plan to introduce athletics for the first time in more than 40 years. One of those stories caught Stephenson’s eye.

“There was a lot of prayer because everyone wanted to do this right from the start,” said Don Foley, one of the school’s public relations and media personnel who helped write and send out the stories. “We put a few (stories) out there about what it is we wanted to do here and David called us before we even posted the job opening.”

After the position was posted and the interviews were conducted, Stephenson got the call and the offer to head up the fledging program.

“I still remember the day Jeff (King) called and hired me for the position,” he explained. “He told me two things. One, he had no clue as to how much they could pay me because they had never done anything like this before and two, he said he was still amazed I would even take the job considering we didn’t even have a peach basket or a basketball to throw it into.

“For me personally, it’s just amazing to see how much we have grown.”

“We had about 12 guys show up to that first basketball meeting, some didn’t even play in high school,” King said. “Fortunately, though, we had some that did. That first team was mostly local kids and we played against other technical schools. The next thing you know, we didn’t lose a game and we had a lot of people showing up to our games too.

“We’ve gone from there to becoming an (National Junior College Athletic Association) Division III program and competing for championships. It’s grown beyond any of our thoughts and I hope it continues to grow. I give David total props for all of this. Someone without his persistence and hard work would have given up a long time ago. But at least we can pay him now.”

OTHER SPORTS ARE ADDED

Men’s basketball wasn’t the only sport that started up at the college that first year. Then known as Northwestern Technical College, the “Mustangs” were adopted as the team’s official mascot and the first Lady Mustangs’ volleyball team took the floor.

That squad, then-coached by Tricia Goodwin, traveled all over the Southeast, playing against various club-level teams from a number of different schools and even picking up a couple of wins against club teams from Southeastern Conference schools.

In 2010, Northwestern Tech and Coosa Valley Tech in Rome merged to form Georgia Northwestern Technical College with the “Bobcats” becoming the new school’s nickname and mascot.

Women’s basketball was added that same year under Jim Williams and the Lady Bobcats won a region title in its very first season. In 2011-2012, the underdog Lady Bobcats would earn the college’s first-ever national tournament berth in any sport as they advanced to the tournament’s Sweet 16 before falling to nationally-ranked Montgomery-Rockville of Maryland.

But despite the successes, there was air of trouble looming under the surface.

“I DIDN’T THINK WE WERE GOING TO MAKE IT”

Financial problems in the TCSG during that time were forcing a number of schools in the state to make deep cuts. Other schools merged in order to save money and for several schools in the system, athletics was some of the fat that had to be trimmed.

“There were a couple of years, honestly, I didn’t think we were going to make it because of budget cuts, college mergers and other things,” Stephenson said.

He said a number of people deserve the credit for keeping athletics at GNTC alive, in particular King and the school’s Student Life Coordinator, Dione Waddington.

“Jeff was serving as our interim president and campus provost during those lean years and he was the driving force in fighting for us,” Stephenson said. “He kept telling people that sports here would be a great thing.

“And for the first six or seven years of our existence, we were totally relying on Dione budgeting us the money to exist. Even in these past two or three years, when we’ve ran short or needed something that wasn’t in the budget, I’ve never known her to question any budget requests I’ve made of her. She’s even sacrificed some things on her part because she felt like athletics was that important. Dione has always been very supportive of me and what we’re doing.”

But survive the program did.

Today, the school still offers men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball, but they have since added men’s golf and co-ed competition cheerleading to its list with the most recent additions having seen quite a bit of early success.

The Cheer Cats qualified for NCA Nationals in Florida on their very first attempt and ended up placing seventh in the nation in their division. The squad has already qualified again for Nationals this April.

That same month, the Bobcat golf team will be looking to defending its GCAA championship. Georgia Northwestern, in just its second season as a program and in its first year of eligibility for regional and national play, claimed the 2015 Region 17 Division III title and earned a spot at Nationals in New York.

There, the Bobcats placed third overall in their national tournament debut and they had two golfers finish in the top six individually to earn All-American honors.

“To make the advancements we’ve made in just 10 years is remarkable,” Foley added. “You look at all the students that have come through here. It’s pretty fast growth for intercollegiate athletics.”

A BOOST FOR THE SCHOOL

While athletics is just a small part of the many facets that make up Georgia Northwestern Technical College, its impact reaches far beyond the sidelines and fairways.

“When we first talked about it 10 years ago, I had no idea it would grow this much,” Waddington said. “I think it’s been great P.R. for us. It’s definitely expanded our Student Life and it makes the students feel like they are a part of something.

“When we recruit students to the school and they find out we have athletics, it brings a sparkle to their eye. It makes them look at our school differently, knowing they might still have a chance to do what they love and play here instead of having to go off somewhere else and spend thousands of dollars. I think it helps legitimize the college even more.”

“Having (athletics) is definitely an asset to the college for a variety of standpoints,” said Stuart Phillips, the school’s Vice President for Student Affairs. “One of the questions we’re asked most is ‘do you have athletics? Even the kids that don’t participate in athletics, still want to attend a college that does.

“It’s added a new dimension for us. We’ve seen it grow under great leadership from David (Stephenson) and (GNTC President) Pete McDonald and we’re looking forward to seeing it grow further in the future.”

GIVING BACK TO OTHERS

The past decade has seen the school’s athletic department give back to the community as well.

Community organizations, such as Toys for Tots and the LaFayette Care Mission, have been benefactors of the support given by the school’s teams and staff in the form of Toy and Food Drive Games. The department has also worked hard to honor veterans, police officers, firefighters and first responders during special dates throughout the seasons.

“That’s something that has been very important to me personally,” Stephenson added. “I even told the interview committee when I applied, if you’re looking for someone who is only concerned about wins and losses, you’ve got the wrong guy.

“I wanted to use the program as a platform to reach out and do things for people in the community. Every year I’ve been here, our community outreach has continued to grow.”

WHAT’S NEXT?

While the program has enjoyed fairly steady growth in the last 10 years, Stephenson is optimistic that even more could be on the horizon.

“I would like to see us add at least one more men’s and one more women’s sport, even if it’s the same sport, within the next two years for sure,” he said. “I would to see us have our own gym facility, preferably on the new Catoosa County campus. I’d like to get to the point where we are totally self-sufficient and I would like to see our female athlete population rise. It’s starting to grow more than it has in recent years, but I want to see it take off to the point where there are as many females trying out for sports as there are males.”

BEHIND THE SCENES

While Stephenson deserves a lot of credit for getting the program where it is today, he is quick to name others who have also played big roles in getting the program off the ground and keeping it there.

Past and current school administrators like McDonald, Brooks, King and Phillips, staff members such as Waddington, Foley and Amber Jordan (public relations) and Stephenson’s current group of coaches, assistant coaches, staff members and volunteers have all been instrumental in the continued growth of the program.

Then there are others, such as Stump Martin and later Carthell Rogers, with the Rossville Athletic Center, numerous businesses and corporate sponsors and others who give of their time and work behind the scenes to keep the program on a first-class level.

“That very first meeting I had with our (prospective) student-athletes, I told them we were going to try to make this athletic program the same as any other intercollegiate (athletic) program of our size in the country and I think we’ve done that,” Stephenson explained. “It’s been my baby for 10 years and it’s been neat to see it grow from infant and toddler stages to running the way I knew it could.

“To be at this point with the awesome staff I have, it’s all a God thing. Plus, we’ve had some tremendous student-athletes and some tremendous support from our administration. When we started all of this, some technical colleges (that also began athletics) didn’t make it. Some of their programs folded after a year or two, but we’re still around.

“I can look at the photos on my office wall and see some of the outstanding student-athletes we’ve worked with over the years. I know we have impacted their lives, not just from an athletic standpoint, but from an academic sense and a character sense and that is probably what I’m most proud of.”

17th Annual J.D. Powell Memorial Golf Tournament

Here’s a look this year’s 17th Annual J.D. Powell Memorial Golf Tournament. The event helps raise funding to help students enrolled at Georgia Northwestern Technical College either online or on one of its five campuses across Northwest Georgia.

17th ANNUAL J.D. POWELL GOLF TOURNAMENT Benefiting GNTC Foundation

GEORGIA NORTHWESTERN TECHNICAL COLLEGE

TO HOST 17th ANNUAL J.D. POWELL GOLF TOURNAMENT

Date: Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Location: Stonebridge Golf Club Rome, Ga.

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(Rome, Georgia) – The Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) Foundation is sponsoring the 17th annual J.D. Powell Memorial Golf Tournament at Stonebridge Golf Club in Rome on Thursday, Oct. 22. Proceeds from the tournament will provide funding and financial aid to GNTC students.

James Derward Powell served as the president of GNTC from 1987-1994.

Registration is $500 per team with up to four people on a team. The team fee includes boxed lunch, goody bag, golf hat, 18 holes of golf with cart, post tournament pizza dinner and drinks, and entry for door prizes. Registration is limited and is on a first-come first-serve basis.

Prizes will be awarded for first in flight, longest drive, and closest to the pin.

On the day of the tournament, registration and lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by announcements at 12:15 p.m. Tee Time begin will begin at 12:30 p.m. with a pizza dinner and awards after the tournament is over.

There are four Tournament Sponsors that have donated $500 each. They are Bank of LaFayette; Bobbye F. Harris Foundation, Inc.; Redmond Regional Medical Center; and Shaw Industries Group.

Support also includes four Tournament Textbook Sponsors that provided $250 each to help a GNTC student pay for textbooks. They include Heritage First Bank, Rome News Tribune, Starr-Mathews, and WEBS Radio.

Hole Sponsors that contributed $100 each are 95.7 The Ridge; Bekaert; Brown and Brown; Doris White; Ed Financial; Elect Craig McDaniel, Rome City Commission; Flegal Insurance; Fox Systems, Inc.; Franklin McNeal Furniture; Georgia Power; Graphic Advertising; Greene’s Jewelers; Hometown Headlines; IVC US Dalton, GA; J. Paul Ferguson, M.D.; Jackie Lynch; Parker Systems LLC; Pieper O’Brien and Herr; Precision Embroidery & Printwear; Ralph White; Redmond Regional Medical Center; Rehab Techniques, Inc.; Scott Logisitcs; Shelburne Advertising, Inc.; Steve Hurd; Terry Simmons State Farm Agency; V3 Magazine; Vann and Valerie Brown; Venue Dog; WEBS Radio; and WLAQ.

Additional Support includes Barnsley Resort; Becky Turner; Blue Sky Outfitter; Bobby Lewis – Corrective Bodywork of Rome; Chick-fil-A; Coca Cola Enterprises; Coosa Country Club; Costco; Dalton Daily Citizen; Five Star Food Service; Ford, Gittings & Kane; Georgia Farm Bureau – Walker County; Grainger; LaFayette Golf Course; Meadow Lakes Golf Course; North Georgia EMC/SEIDA; Ringgold Telephone Company; Riverside Auto Group; Rome Braves; Screenvision; ShopRite Supermarkets; Snazzy Rags Boutique; Steve Davis Ricoh USA, Inc.; Stonebridge Golf Club; and Studio Siri/Hanging Around Rome.

Proceeds raised from the tournament will be used to provide scholarships and financial assistance to GNTC students. The foundation also assists with purchasing equipment for programs, providing training for faculty and staff, and further marketing and public relations efforts. For information about the GNTC Foundation, contact Jason Gamel, director of GNTC’s Office of Institutional Advancement at (706) 764-3810.

Since 1962, Georgia Northwestern Technical College has been instrumental in providing quality workforce education to the citizens of Northwest Georgia. The mission of Georgia Northwestern Technical College is to provide accessible, high quality technical education and workforce development opportunities.  Serving the nine counties of Catoosa; Chattooga; Dade; Floyd; Gordon; Murray; Polk; Walker; and Whitfield, GNTC has five convenient campus locations in Floyd, Gordon, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties. With programs of study in business, health, industrial, and public service available, students have the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree, diploma, or a certificate from GNTC.  This past year, 14,562 people benefited from GNTC’s credit and noncredit programs. With an annual credit enrollment of 8,249 students, GNTC is the largest college in Northwest Georgia and the fifth largest technical college in the state of Georgia. GNTC has an additional enrollment of 6,313 people through adult education, continuing education, business and industry training, and Georgia Quick Start.

Bobcats Enter Round Two of National Championship in New York.

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Georgia Northwestern Men’s Golf Team pose for a picture before Round Two of the NJCAA National Championships in New York today. ‪#‎bobcatscountry‬ ‪#‎gocats

Bobcats rout Oxford College by 61 strokes

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(Covington, GA) – The Bobcats golf team prepped for next week’s Berry College Chick-fil-A Collegiate Invitational by routing Oxford College by 61 shots at The Oaks Course in Covington on Wednesday.
All seven golfers played for the Bobcats, although only the lowest four scores counted toward the team score of 280 (4-under par). Chase Cole fired a team-best 66, followed by John Rollins (70), Drew Tankersley (71), Grant Allen (73), Jordan Estes (73), Lanier Guest (74) and Keaton Stanfield (78).
Georgia Northwestern will tee off in the first round of the 36-hole tournament Monday at 12:30 p.m. at the Coosa Country Club in Rome.

LaFayette’s Stanfield Inks With Cats Golf

Joining Keaton Stanfield (seated, center) for his signing ceremony were Mark Stanfield and Denise Smith, LaFayette High School golf coach Tom Langford and Georgia Northwestern Technical College golf coach Jared Willerson.
Joining Keaton Stanfield (seated, center) for his signing ceremony were Mark Stanfield and Denise Smith, LaFayette High School golf coach Tom Langford and Georgia Northwestern Technical College golf coach Jared Willerson.

(LaFayette, GA) – Keaton Stanfield took up the game of golf in middle school just to, in his words, “have something to do all the time that was fun”.
However, in the course of having fun, Stanfield found a passion and drive for the sport he didn’t expect, spending hour after hour and day after day on the golf course, working hard to get better.
That drive and competitive spirit helped the LaFayette Ramblers to a Region 7-AAAA title this past spring and, more recently, it earned him a future as a college golfer as the recent graduate signed a letter of intent to join the Bobcats of Georgia Northwestern Technical College.
“It just means a lot to know I’m moving on to the next level,” he said during a signing ceremony and reception at his home course. “I’ve never have experienced anything like this before with a big ceremony and everything. I’m just proud of myself and all the practice I’ve put in my game.”
Stanfield said he took up the game early in middle school, but quickly got hooked.
“It didn’t take me long to get serious about (golf),” he said. “I started improving and I really surprised myself with how many birdies I started making.”
After Stanfield and the Ramblers defeated Pickens in a playoff to win the region title at Nob North in April, he carded a solid 6-over par
78 at the Class 4A state tournament in Augusta to help LaFayette place third overall, equaling the program’s best finish in five years.
“I’m just tickled for Keaton,” LHS golf coach Tom Langford said. “He’s worked so hard and there have been very few days when he hasn’t been out here on the golf course. I don’t know if I’ve ever coached a kid that loves the game and loves to compete as much as he does. We always played him way up in the lineup because I knew he would battle and that he wouldn’t be intimidated by anyone. He was always consistent with his scoring no matter the tournament. Plus, he’s just a great kid.”
GNTC golf coach Jared Willerson said he was excited to get a player of Stanfield’s skill and determination.
“He’s made himself into a solid player,” Willerson. “He’s the kind of kid that will fight back from setbacks and do the best they can and that’s the kind of kid you want when you are trying to build a program. He’s a battler, just like the rest of the guys we have signed. He always come to play and I think he’ll develop into a good player for us.”
Stanfield is just the latest addition to a GNTC squad that also includes recent signees Jordan Estes (Ringgold), John Rollins (Trion) and Lanier Guest (Gordon Lee). The Bobcats will be eligible for region and national junior college championships next season.
“I love the coach (at GNTC) and I love the team he’s putting together,” Stanfield explained. “They’ve already impressed me with some of the scores they have put up and hopefully I can impress them too. I’m glad to be on the same team with these guys.”
“It’s a really good recruiting class we’ve got coming in,” Willerson said. “If we keep working hard, I really think we are going to be a competitor next year.”
Stanfield said he his undecided on a major, but is considering a career in golf course management.

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