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The Bishop L. Jonathan Holston Golf Tournament raised more than $22,000 to benefit Africa University, the first United Methodist university on the continent.

About 90 golfers participated in the Sept. 30 event at the Orangeburg Country Club, which also included a silent auction and awards luncheon.

“We are pleased to be in Orangeburg,” said Bishop Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Conference of the UMC. “We would like to thank the community, the participants, our sponsors and supporters who found it worthwhile to invest in Africa University and young men and women from all over Africa.”

The Orangeburg community warmly embraced the tournament, said Orangeburg native Jim Salley, Africa University’s chief advancement officer.

“The funds raised are significant, and we hope to grow the contributions in future years,” Salley said. “We thank all the participants, the sponsors and volunteers for their efforts in supporting Africa University and making a difference in the lives of persons around the world.”

“Golf brings people from many disciplines together and fosters camaraderie, fellowship and good times,” said tournament director Robert Harper.

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