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Erskine Open marks 50th year

Bill Lesesne ’61

The 50th annual Erskine Open Golf Tournament was hosted Friday, Oct. 13, at The Links at Stoney Point, an 18-hole championship course near Lake Greenwood.

Inaugurated in 1974, when it was organized by Robert “Whitey” Adams ’64 (pictured above), the Erskine Open is a cherished tradition. Proceeds from the event benefit the Flying Fleet Hall of Fame, which honors Erskine College athletes and coaches.

Three teams tied for first place this year, each with a team score of 56, so a tiebreaker was conducted.

Taking first place as a result of the tiebreaker were Aiken Golightly, Craig Pender, Noah Duprey, and Ethan Damron.

Miguel Llamoza, Rafael Barrios, Seima Nishihara, and David Andreasson claimed second place, while Jim Bradford, Skip Goley, John Abercrombie, and Chandler Bradford were awarded third place.

Carter Vest, a 2022 Erskine College graduate, won the Longest Drive contest.

Carolina Classic Ford once again sponsored the Hole in One contest, offering a 2023 Ford Bronco as this year’s prize.

Other Erskine Open sponsors included Coca Cola, The Bleckley Inn, Keys Innovative Solutions, RR Donnelley, and 101 Deli, Pizza, and Pasta.

Planning is underway for next year’s tournament, set for Sept. 27, 2024, during Homecoming Weekend.

See downloadable photos from the Erskine Open here.


Erskine and Due West Skyline

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