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Industry golf tournament

By Sam Atkins
Published in News on May 11, 2004 2:00 PM

Employees from businesses across Wayne County gathered Monday for a day of golf and camaraderie.

The event at Walnut Creek Country Club was to honor industries, and the weather made it even more enjoyable for the full field of participants.

The 16th annual Wayne County Industry Celebration golf tournament was organized by the county Economic Development Commission.

Thirty teams consisting of four players each played a super-ball format for 18 holes. A reception followed to honor the winning team, which was Mike Hudson, Rick Rodriguez, Hank Mangum and Hunter Locke, employees at Hilex Poly Co. in Mount Olive. Their team shot a 58 and won various prizes.

In addition to the representatives from local businesses and industries, other guests included officials from the N.C. Department of Commerce, utility companies, local and state politicians, and community leaders. Around 220 people participated.

"We are fortunate that we seem to have good weather every year and a good amount of support to put this thing on," said Joanna Thompson, EDC president. "The industry people love it and look forward to it every year."

The EDC is the host of two industry celebrations each year to thank the more than 50 major manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers in the county. The fall event includes a reception, dinner and awards presentation for the year's top industry and industrialist. The events are sponsored by the Goldsboro and Mount Olive "committees of 100" and area businesses.