The team of, left to right, Thomas Johnson, Josh Martinez, Doug Burton, and Chris Mitchell are the Champions of the Raleigh Chapter’s Annual January Grand Strand “Murdell” Golf Tournament. For only the second time in Murdell Tournament history, there was a hole-in-one. Lee Amick took home the $1,905 pot that has been building since 2014. Forty-eight golfers participated. 2022 represents the thirty-third year the Raleigh Chapter has conducted their golf tournament and the twenty-second year for the multi-day Grand Strand “Murdell” event. Raleigh’s golf tournaments have raised in excess of $103,000, all dedicated to the promotion and betterment of masonry and the masonry industry. Photo by Danks Burton.  CLICK HERE FOR TOURNAMENT PHOTOS

Lee Amick scored a hole-in-one at the Raleigh Chapter’s Annual January Grand Strand “Murdell” Golf Tournament, only the second ace in the tournament’s twenty-two-year history. The Late Wayne Coleman scored the first one in 2003. Lee made the hole-in-one on #17 at the Glen Dornich course and takes home the $1905 pot that had been building since 2014. Photo by Steve Bell   CLICK HERE FOR TOURNAMENT PHOTOS

At an October recognition dinner held in Asheville, NCMCA announced David Bass as the recipient of the 2020 NCMCA Eleanor Flowers Upton Award for long-term distinguished and exceptional service and dedication to the Association and the masonry industry by an associate member. The Upton Award selection committee approved David Bass's nomination in early 2020 and had planned to announce and present the award at the 2020 annual NCMCA spring convention that was canceled because of the pandemic. A video announcement was prepared in the summer of 2021 and was debuted at the Asheville dinner. Pictured left to right, the most recent previous Upton Award recipient from 2018, David McQueen; 2020 honoree David Bass, his wife Kim, and their son JD.  David Bass is retired from Adams/Oldcastle, Asheville.   CLICK HERE TO WATCH NCMCA'S PRERECORDED ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE AWARD

Past NCMCA President Doug Burton regularly refers to Patrick Rand as “The Professor of Masonry.” Indeed, NC State’s Professor J. Patrick Rand has proven to be among the Nation’s leading authorities on masonry performance, research, and design. He is a past president of The Masonry Society, has authored several books, received numerous professional awards and recognitions, and has been an instructor for the NCMCA Masonry Contractor Certification Program since the program’s inception in 2006. Some twenty years ago, Professor Rand and Doug Burton created the Sigmon Memorial Design Scholarship at NC State, also now awarded at Appalachian State University. In June, after forty-four years, Rand retired as a Distinguished Professor of Architecture in the College of Design at NC State University. Masonry association officials joined Professor Rand and NC State College of Design faculty and staff in July for a lunch to discuss masonry-supported scholarships as Professor Rand steps away from his teaching role. Left to right, Doug Burton; NCMCA Executive Vice President Lynn Nash and President Danks Burton; Professor Rand; Frank Werner, retired from Adams/Oldcastle; David McQueen, Adams/Oldcastle; and Southeast Concrete Masonry Association President James Cain. Photo by Lauren Hipp.

NCMCA associate member firm EastWest Products hosted the annual “Butch Hardy Top Trowel” competition in May at their manufacturing and retail facility in Kinston. Masonry students from Pender County High School, North Lenoir High School, and Columbus Career & College Academy participated, a somewhat smaller number of schools than usual because of pandemic school travel policies. Students competed for cash and tool prizes and enjoyed a hotdog and hamburger lunch courtesy of Manning Masonry. Columbus Career & College Academy had a “clean-sweep,” with their team winning the top three places. Pictured left to right, Parrish Hoffman, EastWest Products; Third Place finisher Kalyn Stover; Brantley Rivers, EastWest Products; Second Place Finisher Israel Bugarin; Columbus College & Career Academy masonry instructor Fred Mason; 2021 Winner and Champion Annayeli Dionisio; and Brett Hardy, EastWest Products. CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL EVENT PHOTOGRAPHS

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