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Crimson & Gold Banquet and President’s Golf Classic raise record amount for athletics scholarships

Oct 31, 2019

Legendary Oklahoma University football coach Bob Stoops was the keynote speaker Oct. 23 at the seventh annual Crimson & Gold Banquet at Flagler College's elegant dining hall, and more funds were raised at the President's Golf Classic held at the King & Bear course at the World Golf Village on Oct. 25. In total, approximately $181,000 was raised to support Flagler Athletics.

Speaker Bob Stoops holding gift of Flagler College photo while standing next to Joey Wiles (L) and Jud Damon (R).

"We are deeply grateful to all of our supporters and staff who made these two fundraising events the most successful that we have ever had," said Joey Wiles, senior associate athletics director for external operations. "A special thank you to legendary football coach Bob Stoops for speaking at our sold-out Crimson & Gold Banquet."

Stoops amassed an impressive 190-48 overall record in 18 seasons as the head coach of the Sooners. He coached the team to a BCS National Championship in 2000 as well as three more BCS National Championship appearances (2004, 2005, and 2009) and 10 Big 12 Conference championships. Stoops' teams finished the season ranked in the top 10 in 11-of-the-18 seasons he coached, including seven times finishing in the top five. He retired from coaching collegiately in 2017, but came out of retirement on Feb. 7 as the head coach/general manager of the Dallas Renegades in the XFL.

Also supporting Flagler Athletics with his at attendance at both events was former NBA and University of Michigan basketball great Cazzie Russell. Russell, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1966 NBA draft, played twelve seasons in the NBA and was a key player on the 1970 New York Knicks world championship team. He will be serving as a special advisor and consultant with Flagler's women's basketball program this season.

Kayla Norelli '20 of the volleyball team and Ivana Boyd '20 of the women's basketball team spoke to the Crimson & Gold crowd about the impact of athletics scholarships and how much this event means to all of the student-athletes at Flagler. All of the money raised from the two events go directly to the Flagler College Athletics Scholarship Fund. 

The President's Golf Classic saw beautiful weather at the King & Bear. The Abare Cup was up for grabs with many foursomes competing for the valued trophy. This year's winning group was Chris Dobbins, Jeff Feder, David Garratt, and Ian Heacox.

The Department of Athletics would like to thank Flagler College, the countless people it took to put together and run the Crimson & Gold Banquet, as well as everyone at the King & Bear for another great President's Golf Classic.

Crimson & Gold sponsors: Aramark; Fiesta Falls Miniature Golf; TRYP by Wyndham Sebastian St. Augustine; Ring Power; Charlie Crozier; Wharton-Smith, Inc.; Academy Bus; Hakimian Holdings; Beach Board, Jim & Patty Springfield, Upchurch, Bailey, and Upchurch; and Atlantic-Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep-Ram, Inc.

President's Golf Classic sponsors (sponsorship level): W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractor, Inc. (title); Ameris Bank (presenting); St. Augustine Alligator Farm (awards banquet); Thompson Baker Agency (snack); Massey Services Inc. (snack); Allen and Delores Lastinger (breakfast); Stellar (breakfast); Sniffen & Spellman, P.A. (beverage); BSN Sports (special gift); Academy Bus (gold); Holmes & Brakel (gold); Burkhardt Sales and Service (gold); The Saints Club (gold); Bozard Ford (gold); CenterState Bank (gold); Retirement Wealth Advisors (contest); PIP Printing (hole); Craft's Trophies (hole); TRYP by Wyndham Sebastian St. Augustine (hole); and, Enterprise Rent-A-Car (hole).

Four men golfing, including President Joyner. 

For photos from the banquet, please visit the gallery here.

For photos from the golf tournament, please visit the gallery here.

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