November 24, 2020


The Wytheville Community College (WCC) Educational Foundation and the Appalachian Warrior Foundation (AWF) announced the winners of the 6th Annual Dr. Thomas L. Barnes Veterans Scholarship Golf Tournament on Veterans’ Day, November 11, 2020, via WCC official social media pages. This year the first place tournament winner was Pierce’s Bunch, followed by a second place finish by Team WCC, and a third place tie by Old Guys team and the Dennis East and Friends team.

The Dr. Thomas L. Barnes Veteran Scholarship Golf Tournament was held in a unique format this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In past years, the tournament welcomed golfers and sponsors to the Wytheville Golf Club for a single day of golf. This year the tournament was held during the entire month of October to allow participants to golf at their leisure and maintain social distance. Though this year was much different, the tournament was successful and raised funds to help support WCC student veterans. This year also marked the second tournament since the passing of Dr. Barnes after his long-fought battle with Parkinson’s disease. 

“Over the past 6 years we have raised over $50,000,” said Dr, Rhonda Catron-Wood, WCC’s Vice President of Academics and Institutional Advancement. “This scholarships honors Dr. Barnes and carries on his legacy of helping students succeed.”

Andrew Barnes, AWF Founder and CEO, also noted: “It is because of the support of our participants and sponsors that we can continue to provide this scholarship for student veterans at WCC.”

The WCC Educational Foundation and AWF would like to thank the following sponsors of this year’s tournament:

Associate Sponsors: Bernadette Black, Mark and Jennifer Tulli; Green Sponsor: The Jerry Hurt Family; Hole Sponsors: Wytheville Office Supply, Lions Club of Wytheville, First Trust and Bank Company, Dr. Dean Sprinkle and Mrs. Janie Hardin, Fred Hecklinger, Dr. Rhonda Catron-Wood and Mr. Noel Wood, Richard and Nancy Underwood, Anne Sluder; Additional support for the tournament was provided by the Wytheville Golf Club.

Dr. Barnes had a reputation for strong student advocacy. He helped foster a sense of customer service in student services that has been recognized and adopted by others in the college. Dr. Barnes left quite the legacy at WCC, and WCC is grateful for his service. Dr. Barnes also served honorably in the United States Navy from 1964-2002 and retired as a Naval Captain, holding many high-ranking positions at duty stations around the world.

Dr. Barnes was a soldier, an educator and a community leader. He passed away in 2019. The Appalachian Warrior Foundation and WCC partner to host the annual Barnes Golf Tournament to raise funds for the scholarship in his honor to provide opportunities for other veterans.

For more information about the Barnes Scholarship, contact Catron-Wood at or by calling 276-223-4771.





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