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Finishing Spotlight: 2008 Carolina Classic In NC

June - 2008
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The 9th Annual Carolina Classic golf tournament was recently held at the beautiful Cleghhorn Plantation Golf Course in Rutherfordton, NC, on Friday, May 16th, 2008. Both the Palmetto & Carolina Metrolina branches of the AESF came together in one accord under the leadership of Paul Skelton, the newly elected President of the Palmetto Branch. Through his effort, and with the help of many members and sponsors, another successful outing was organized with over 60 in attendance.


crossair team

This year's winning team, with a score of 58 included: Kevin Helton (right) of Crossair, Keith Helton (Kevin's brother - middle), and Bill Zimmerman of Bommer Industries (left), who also took home the Closest-to-Pin and Straightest Drive awards.

KCH Service's 'Team II', made up of J.R. Grogan, Richard McBrayer, Tommy Toney, and Brody Hankinson, took the runner-up spot with a 64. And coming in Last Place, a score of 75 was proudly accepted by Paul Skelton, team Carolina Process Control (CPC).

Other Hole-Contests were awarded, such as:

Closest-to-Pin (Sponsored by Martron):
Hole#3: Charles Williams (Oxford Instruments guest)

Hole#7: Paul Skelton (CPC)

Hole#12: Charles Williams (Oxford Instruments guest)

Hole#16: Bill Zimmerman (Bommer Industries)

Longest Drive (Thanks to all the Sponsors):
Hole#18: Bruce Fisher (BCF Industrial Supplies - left, with President of the AESF Palmetto Branch, Paul Skelton, Right.

bruce fisher and paul skelton

Straightest Drive Contest (Thanks to all the Sponsors):
Hole#13: Kevin Helton (Crossair)

9-Hole Mystery Scramble Winners:
Kevin Helton, Keith Helton and Bill Zimmerman.

This year's Anniversary sponsors included: American Plating Power, Palm International, Oxford Instruments, Crossair, Metal Chem, Surface Finishing Academy, A Brite Co., PAVCO, The Turner Agency, and Finishing.TV.

9th Hole Sponsors included: OMG Fidelity, Zurv, CPC and A Brite Co. And an Honorary Branch Sponsor and proud son of Frank Hawkins (member, Capsco, Inc.), Lieutenant Derrick Hawkins, US Army.

In addition, the NASF and both Palmetto and Charlotte Metrolina branches raffled two NASF memberships to two non-members, Bryan Bollick and Rickey Phillips. In addition to the 56 golfers in attendance, members David French (French & Assoc.- left) and Steve Gilbert (Luster-On Products - right) both honored us by cooking everyone dinner on the mega-grille. The menu consisted of brauts, cheeseburgers, and all the fixin's.

david french and steve gilbert

This tournament was full of fellowship and fun, ending the season of events for both branches. "I have been a part of the Carolina Classic for five years running, the weather was beautiful, the scenery out here is phenomenal - the Classic always brings about good times. Thanks to all the golfers that participated, the sponsors that support the event, the branches, and obviously the golf course. This wouldn't be a success without everyone." commented Carolina Classic Golf Coordinator, Paul Skelton. You can find more pictures from this event by visiting our website at and then clicking the "metal finishing associations" category.

Branch News: Elected in April, new officers for the 2008/2009 session were announced for the Palmetto Branch: Elected President, Paul Skelton, CPC; First Vice President, Kevin Helton, Crossair; Secretary & Treasure, Jim Kistler, CAPSCO, Inc.

Both branches will announce a joint officers meeting in August to start off the new session in September.

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