Sunday, April 3, 2011

Panthers to hold Golfing Fundraiser

June 4th...That is the date for the first ever Black Hats Golf Classic. Serving the football team as a fundraiser, this one day fun filled event will provide the Panthers football program with monies that could be put to many uses. Equipment purchases alone are an expensive endeavor, and as budgets are tightening, this outing will be very important in enhancing the football program for the fans as well as the players.

Here is some information about the tournament:

The tournament will be held at the

Botetourt Golf and Swim Club
2414 Country Club Road
Troutville, VA 24195

Black Hats Golf Classic

Entry Fee: $300 Per Team
($75 per player)
Registration Open
Range Balls Available
Tournament Lunch
Team Meeting Rules
Shotgun Start
18 holes of golf with cart, unlimited range balls, and a golf towel.
A tournament raffle as well as individual and team prizes will be awarded.
On-course beverages will be available.
The format of the tournament is a
four player team, traditional Captain’s Choice. Players who enter as an individual will be placed with others to create 4-man teams.

Other than the golf, there will be a couple of other surprises thrown in as well.

George Rogers

The 1980 Heisman Trophy winner will be on hand with his Heisman Trophy for photo opportunities. Rogers is one of the greatest to play the game, and in his Senior year at South Carolina , led the nation in rushing with 1781 yards. For more information on George Rogers, visit the link below:

Chris Warren '89

A star in every sense of the word, Chris Warren is one of the greatest to ever wear the Black and Gold. Below is an excerpt from the Ferrum Hall of Fame Bio:

Chris played football while attending Ferrum College. He led the Ferrum College Panthers to consecutive Division III South Region Championships. In 1988 and 1989 he was named an All-American. He set numerous season and career Ferrum College records including scoring, total touchdowns, rushing touchdowns, all purpose yards, punt return yards and punt returns. He also set the record for the longest run from scrimmage in a game versus Emory & Henry College in 1989. He was a member of the 1988 football team that recorded the longest winning streak of 11 games. He holds the record of five for most returned touchdowns in a single season, set in 1989. He participated in the 1990 Senior Bowl. He was named ECAC Division III South Player of the Year in 1989 and VASID State College Division Player of the Year in 1988 and 1989. He was the first player in Ferrum College history to be selected in the National Football League draft.

Chris played professionally for the Seattle Seahawks, the Dallas Cowboys, and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Hank Norton

If you know anything about Ferrum football, you know this name well. Serving as Head Coach from 1960-1993, Coach Norton amassed a record of 244-77-11, with four national championships, and one national runner up.His list of accomplishments is long, but some are listed below:

Thirty-four years as head football coach of the Ferrum Panthers. Ferrum coaching career record of 244-77-11. Four National Junior College Championships. Runner-up in 1966. National Junior College Coach of the Year in 1965, 1968, and 1974. Four consecutive NCAA Division III playoff berths from 1987 to 1990 and Division III South Region titles in 1988 and 1989. Coached 46 All-Americans and 42 players who went on to play in the professional ranks. Began his coaching career at Powhatan High School in 1954. Renowned fly fisherman, hunter, and conservationist. Honorary member of the 1994 Alumni Sports Hall of Fame in its inaugural year. 

Coach Norton will be giving fly fishing tips at ponds on the course, and likely telling stories of Panther football.

This will be a fun event, so dust off your clubs, and make plans to participate on June the 4th! 

To register, call Coach David Harper at 540-365-4478, or email him at

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