Randolph-Macon College President Robert Lindgren is excited to announce the creation of the Max and Susan Stith Endowment for Golf.
The new fund for golf was created by friend of the College, Robert Lee Smith in memory of his brother-in-law Max Dalton Stith and his wife, Susan Christine Smith Stith. Bob is an avid Randolph-Macon supporter and established the endowment as a way to celebrate the lives of his sister and brother-in-law.
"The creation of the Max and Susan Stith Endowment for Golf is imperative to providing our men's and women's golf programs with the resources necessary to be competitive both in the conference and at a national level for decades to come," said Lindgren.
"The impact that the Stith Endowment for Golf will have on our program is immeasurable," said head men's golf coach Ed Turnage '64. "This generous gift will help our program continue the growth and success that we've seen increase each year."
"With our first year of the women's golf program under our belts, I cannot express how excited I am to be a part of a program with not only this kind of success but also this amount of support from members of the R-MC community," said head women's golf coach Leighann Albaugh. "Mr. Smith's generosity will contribute to all of our future successes."
The men's and women's golf programs had successful 2012-13 golf seasons. The men's team finished second in the Old Dominion Athletic Tournament and placed senior Hunter Weaver on the All-Tournament team while sophomore Kyle Fuller was named First-Team All-ODAC.
The women's team ended their inaugural season winning the ODAC championship and claimed the overall tournament winner Olivia Bowling '16. Coach Albaugh garnered ODAC Coach of the Year recognition while Bowling was named Rookie of the Year and First-Team All-ODAC.
The Stith Endowment will be invested with the overall college endowment and each year a percentage of the earnings of the fund will be spent on the men's and women's golf programs.
Max Dalton Stith had a distinguished career in the U.S. Army retiring with the rank of Command Sergeant Major. This was followed by a successful civilian career. During most of his adult life he loved golf, both watching and playing. His wife, Susan, was a graduate of East Carolina University and the idea for this Endowment was orginated by her. Both Max and Susan were graduates of Goldsboro High School in North Carolina.
If you wish to donate to the Max and Susan Stith Endowment for Golf, you may visit the College's secure webiste at www.rmc.edu/givenow/ or you can mail your contribution to Randolph-Macon College, P.O. Box 5005, Ashland, VA 23005.