Unlike many people who become successful in life, Bamberg native Joseph L. “Joe” Land never forgot his small town roots. Land, who came from a modest back-ground in Bamberg, the self-described son of a cotton mill worker (Mr. and Mrs. L.A. Land) wanted to give something back to the community that helped him become who he is today.
In 1982, he said God gave him the dream of starting the Old Friends Golf Classic and Scholarship. “ I just wanted to give something back to a community that loved me and gave me so much,” Land told the large group gathered at the 2007 Scholarship Banquet in the commons area at Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School.
Since the Old Friends Invitational Golf Classic was founded in 1983, 29 worthy students have been able to further their education by receiving thousands of dollars to attend the college or university of his or her choice. Since 1983, 34 of Bamberg’s most prominent citizens have proudly donned the Gray Jacket emblematic of being named an Honorary Chairperson.
The Scholarship Fund continues to prosper and the Golf Tournament continues to operate some thirty years since it’s inception which is a tribute to a great community that continues to focus on the Dream given to an individual who wanted to give back!
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