ROCKINGHAM — Thanks to the fourth annual John B. Searcy Memorial Golf Tournament, which took place at Scotch Meadows Country Club in Laurinburg, two local students recently received a total of $5,000 in scholarships.
The proceeds from the tournament helped fund memorial scholarships for both Zachary Allen, who recently wrapped up his first year in the criminal justice program at Richmond Community College, and Aaliyah Dixon, a soon-to-be graduate of Richmond Senior High School, in honor of the late John Searcy — a former Richmond County magistrate and police officer.
Allen was awarded $3,000 and will be enrolling in the Basic Law Enforcement Training program in August. He plans on earning his Associate degree in May 2019. Dixon, who walked away with $2,000, has already been accepted to the criminal justice program at RCC, where she will begin in August.
“His family and friends continue to honor the legacy he created by awarding scholarships to deserving students in his memory,” Sandy Searcy said of her late husband John. “Through these scholarships, John continues to encourage students to set their goals high, never settle for less and push to make their dreams a reality.”
Those scholarships were made possible with the support of the community, local businesses, and the players who particpated in the captain-choice tournament late last month.
In a competitive match that initially ended in a tie (-16), but the team of Willie Breeden, Joe Brown, Gerald Wayne Caulder and Harold Sellers took the crown by parring on Hole 2 — which was used as the tiebreaker. The second-place team (Eddie McLean, Dwayne Miller, Hailey Miller, Sandy Robinson) bogeyed the final hole.
Davis Hilton won the prize for the longest drive of the day and David Bankhead came closest to the pin.
“His giving nature continues on as this scholarship foundation gives back to the community that John loved and served,” Sandy added.
John Searcy served as a magistrate in Richmond County for 17 years after almost a decade of being a police officer. He also taught in the Extended Day program at Richmond Senior High School — his alma mater — and played a role in some students overcoming obstacles in order to complete their high school education.
The former magistrate unexpectedly passed away Oct. 2, 2014 due to a heart attack.
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