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Dr. Drew Van Horn

By Steve Esser

Young Harris, GA (06/04/2024) — The 20th annual Clay Dotson Open golf tournament was held on May 20 at Brasstown Valley Resort with 235 golfers, helping raise more than $130,000 to benefit student scholarships at Young Harris College.

“I want to thank everyone who has come out today to support the Clay Dotson Open,” said Dr. Drew Van Horn, Young Harris College president, at the opening ceremony for the tournament. “We have held this tournament for 20 years and it is a wonderful way to support the College and our students. I want to thank you for that support.”

Proceeds from the tournament go directly into scholarships for students at YHC.

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

Morning Flight:

AM Winners - Clay Dotson Open

Flight 1

First Place – Panel Built Team

  • Daryl Allison, Brandon Arrowwood, Isiah McPherson, Curtis Phillips

Second Place – Truist Team

  • Bobby Moye, Kevin Peak, Becker Oshaughnessey, Armond Reese

Third Place – Oliver Pratt Team

Oliver Pratt, Josh Rudnik, Cody Beck, Dylan Gibeau

Flight 2

Morning - Clay Dotson Open

First Place – Rushton Team

  • Anna Claire Knight, Molly Vinson, Jennifer Rushton (Not Pictured)

Second Place – Mundy Heating & Air Team

  • Tim Brackett, Mark Vaughn, Brian Mundy, Lawrence McNabb

Third place – Kurt Momand Team

  • Frank Butler, Paul Butler, Kurt Momand (Not Pictured), Mark Stancil (Not Pictured)

Afternoon Flight:

Afternoon - Clay Dotson Open

Flight 1

First Place – Peach State FCU Team

  • Scott Roland, Kern Parks, Chip McFarlin, Craig McKee

Second Place – Harrah’s Team

  • Billy Roland, Michael Clements, Larry Harris, Randy Crowder

Third Place – Enrico’s Team

  • Nick Stephenson, Dave Bartschy, Steve Conrad, Casey Conrad

Flight 2

Afternoon - Clay Dotson Open

First Place – Veterans Team

  • Randy Tompkins, Danny Barrett, Mel Halfon, Gary Nicholson

Second Place – Brown Haven Homes Team

  • Dustin Burch, Brad Smith, Cooper Patton (Not Pictured), Michael Davis (Not Pictured)

Third place – Harrah’s Team

  • Tim Waite, Jolene Douthit, Larry Nickerson (Not Pictured), Randy Hess (Not Pictured)

Alumni Team Challenge Winners: Kurt Momand Team

  • Frank Butler, Paul Butler, Kurt Momand, Mark Stancil

Longest Drive: Josh Cottrell (morning flight), Chris Robbins (afternoon flight)

Closest to the Pin: Tony Sciarrino (morning flight), Jackson Burks (afternoon flight)

Putting Competition: Frank Leatherwood, Charlie Butler, and Larry Oden.

Winners of tournament raffles were:

Freedom Boat Club One Day Rentals Winners: Joe Moss of Marble, and Andy Burkes of Blairsville.

Harrah’s Package: John Harkins of Hiawassee.

Events like the Clay Dotson Open are not possible without the support of sponsors:

Diamond Sponsors

  • Brasstown Valley Resort
  • Alora Pharmaceuticals
  • Harrah’s Cherokee Casino
  • United Community Bank

Gold Sponsors

  • Lydia J. Sartain, Attorney at Law
  • Young Harris College Bookstore
  • Sodexo

Silver Sponsors

  • Apple Realty
  • Batchelor and Kimball, Inc.
  • Brown Haven Homes, Inc.
  • EntryPoint Doors of Atlanta
  • Kurt Momand, 1997, and Heather Momand Brunone, 2008
  • Montag & Caldwell, LLC
  • The Budd Group
  • Tri-State Utility Products, Inc.
  • Truist

Bronze Sponsors

  • AgSouth Farm Credit
  • Clay & Betty Dotson
  • CMA Agency, Inc.
  • Heather, 2008, and James Brunone
  • Lake Chatuge Living Magazine
  • Lamin-X Protective Films
  • Mary Broadrick & John Moffit
  • McDonald’s of Blairsville
  • Peach State Federal Credit Union
  • Hiawassee Animal Hospital

About Young Harris College

Young Harris College is a private baccalaureate and master’s degree-granting institution 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 an education that purposefully integrates the liberal arts and professional studies. The College has four academic divisions: Fine Arts; Humanities; Mathematics, Science, and Technology; and Professional Studies. Approximately 1,400 students are enrolled in its residential and Early College programs. The College is an active member of the NCAA Division II and remains a fierce competitor in the Conference Carolinas. For more information, visit