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Dr. Devin Stephenson, president of Big Sandy Community and Technical College, welcomed golfers to the William G. Duke Golf Scramble on Thursday, May 12 at StoneCrest golf course.

Big Sandy Community and Technical College and the Big Sandy College Educational Foundation, Inc. (BSCEF) raised more than $22,000 for scholarships at the annual William G. Duke Golf Scramble on Thursday, May 12 at StoneCrest golf course.

You cannot golf for a better cause than providing opportunities for those who seek it, said BSCTC President Dr. Devin Stephenson. This years event was a success and this money will go to help eliminate financial barriers for those who wish to pursue a college degree and/or credential.

Twenty-one teams participated in the scramble, named in memory of former BSCTC Special Projects Coordinator Bill Duke. Duke, a life-long educator, passed away in 2012.

Fairway Outdoor, comprised of team members Bennett Allen, Brett James, Melissa Pacovich and Brian Allen, claimed first place. Equipment Tool Supply and the team of Wes Duke finished second and third, respectively.

This years scramble was presented by Kentucky Power, the Kentucky Coal Academy and Booth Energy.

I would like to thank our partners for their investment not just in our college but the future of our region, said Dr. Stephenson. If we want to transform our region, we must invest in sound and relevant higher education and workforce training.

For more information on giving opportunities at BSCTC, contact Kelli Ayers at (606) 886-7358 or email