MINT HILL – When golfers at Pine Lake Country Club formed the Chipping In Fore charity earlier this year, they didn’t know which cause to support. But after two community members lost their son in a mass shooting April 30 at UNC Charlotte, the choice became obvious.
Chipping In Fore held its first golf tournament Oct. 21, where more than 150 golfers participated. A silent auction and live auction followed the tournament. Proceeds from the tournament and auctions will go toward the Ellis “Reed” Parlier Scholarship Fund for UNC Charlotte students.
Chipping In Fore tournament organizer Peter Montemurno said he was amazed at the support. Montemurno said the support was a testament to the Pine Lake community.
“You see all the golfers come and you see the generosity of people and the kindness of people to rally the community together, it touches your heart,” Montemurno said. “It’s a warm thing. It’s the first time we’re doing this as a community, and it’s pretty special.”
Parlier, 19, was one of two students to die in the shooting. Four others were injured. The shooter, 23-year-old Trystan Andrew Terrell, 22, was sentenced to two life sentences after pleading guilty to numerous charges including murder.
Though Montemurno did not have a personal connection to the Parlier family before planning the tournament, he said just being part of the community made him want to be part of the process.
“Because of the people that are part of this Pine Lake community, it was an easy decision to say yes to join and try to help and see who else we can touch and motivate to get behind these types of things,” Montemurno said. “I’m glad I did.”
Moving forward, Chipping In Fore tournament organizer Eric Miller said the charity hopes to continue helping people and causes in the Mint Hill and Matthews communities.
“The big goal was to raise money to support people in the Matthews and Mint Hill area for various things,” Miller said. “It’s nice to know that people want to support us and, more importantly, want to support them. It really is a tremendous show of support.”
Scholarship to help those following Parlier’s desired path
UNC Charlotte has launched a scholarship in honor of Ellis “Reed” Parlier, one of two students killed in a mass shooting April 30 at UNC Charlotte.
Students can apply for the Ellis “Reed” Parlier Memorial Scholarship through Feb. 15, 2020. UNCC estimates the typical award will be $18,000, depending on available funding.
Graduates from the Central Academy of Technology and Arts in Monroe will have first preference for the award. That’s where Parlier graduated from in 2017. Students must also have a grade point average of at least 3.0 with preference given to students planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science with a concentration in artificial intelligence, robotics or gaming.
Visit https://ninerscholars.uncc.edu/scholarshipsearch/scholarship.asp?id=1902 for details.