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Young Harris College Hosts 11th Annual Clay Dotson Open
YHC Announces Tournament Winners and Thanks Sponsors

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The 11th annual Clay Dotson Open golf tournament was recently held on May 16 at Brasstown Valley Resort. All of the proceeds from the tournament benefit student scholarship at Young Harris College.

Players enjoyed morning and afternoon flights followed by an awards ceremony. Prizes for the tournament were awarded as follows:

Morning Flight:

Flight 1 Winner: Matt Stearsman, Daniel Morris, Adam Cohen, David Cochran
Flight 2 Winner: Matthew Hamby, Michael Caverzasi, Chris Bontrager, Jeremy Payne
Flight 1 Second Place: David Bartschy, Kevin Macey, Steve Conrad, Casey Conrad
Flight 2 Second Place: Barrett Elkins, Richard Oats, Randy Dunn
Flight 1 Third Place: Morgan Arp, Chad Kerscher, Matthew Watkins, Jason Karnes
Flight 2 Third Place: Greg Delany, Wesley Reed, Ken Deere, Drew Plousis

Afternoon Flight:

Flight 1 Winner: Richard Oats, Barrett Elkins, Michael Kimsey, Matt Stearsman
​          Flight 2 Winner: Jo Greco, Jackson Kane, Justin Bramlett, Jason Smith
​          Flight 1 Second Place: Scott Rich, Andy Burks, Rick Davenport, Matthew Masburn
​          Flight 2 Second Place: Chet Roach, Laura Cosenzo, Eric Bram, Melissa Campbell, Joe Collums
​          Flight 1 Third Place: Cody Ching, Dan Davenport, Shawn Kight, Jimmy Nichols
​          Flight 2 Third Place: Marvin McArthur, David Oakland, Noah Oakland

Alumni Team Challenge Winners: Scott Rich, Andy Burks, Rick Davenport, Matthew Mashburn

“I am beyond thankful for the scholarships that have allowed me the opportunity to thrive and fulfill my career goals. I am so proud to call myself a Mountain Lion now, and forever,” junior biology major Cierra Alston said. The students, faculty, staff and administration of Young Harris College extend thanks to the generous sponsors of the 2016 Clay Dotson Open:

Brasstown Valley Resort
United Community Bank
Follett Higher Education Group
Padgett Group
Thomas Forkner, ’37
AmeriGas Propane
Batchelor & Kimball, Inc.
Brailsford & Dunlavey
Choate Construction Company
ML Industries, Inc.
Albert E. Harrison Foundation, Inc.
Atlantic Capital Bank
Blue Ridge Mountain EMC
CMA Agency, Inc.
Kurt Momand, ’77, and Heather Momand, ’08
Lord, Aeck & Sargent Architecture
Montage & Caldwell, Inc.
VMDO Architects, PC
Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors
A & A Auto Rental of Blairsville
Advanced Disposal Services
Anderson Financial Services
Andrew, Hammock & Powell, Inc.
Appalachian Water, Inc.
ArtBytes, Inc.
Bennett Graphics
Bill Johnston, ’75
Blue Moon Printing
Brantley Barrow, ’74
Carolina Business Interiors, Inc.
Cornerstone Management, Inc.
Cox & Son Roofing, Inc.
Custom Home Painting
Demand Engine, Inc., Atlanta
Don A. Harp, Jr., ’61
Don Wade Tree Service
Duplicating Products, Inc.
EntryPoint Doors of Atlanta
Georgia Power
Gooch Trucking Co, Inc.
Granddaddy Mimms
Grizzle Grading & Excavating, Inc.
Hampton Well Drilling
Holiday Inn Express, Hiawassee
Jim Johnston, Jr., ’70
​Men on the Move
Ministries of Grace, Inc.
Mountain Graphics
Mr. & Mrs. Henry M. Huckaby, ’62
Mr. & Mrs. Richard W. McGinnis
Myers McRae
Nantahala Bank & Trust Co.
Nelsons Tractor Co.
New South Construction
Park Sterling Bank
Parker Petroleum
Paul Beckham, ’63
PNC Bank
Ricks Rental’s
Riggs Ward Design, LC
SAFEbuilt Inc.
Signs Fast
Skyline Advanced Technology Services
Stephanie W. McConnell, PC
Sundance Gallery, LLC
Tebarco Door & Metal Services, Inc.
Towns Co. Lions Club
Tri-States Utility Products, Inc.
Union General Hospital, Inc.
United Methodist Connectional FCU
William F. “Bill” Roberts, ’52
Fieldstone Resort
Jacky Jones Chevrolet

For more information about the Clay Dotson Open, contact Director of Development and Corporate Relations Mark Dotson, ’88, at (706) 379-5355 or [email protected].

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of North Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,200 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth. Recent LEED-certified campus improvements include the 121,000-square-foot Rollins Campus Center, new residence facilities, and a 57,000-square-foot recreation and fitness center. In 2014, the College was granted active membership in NCAA Division II and remains a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2015-2016 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit

Clay Dotson Open 2016