Golf Tournament to Honor Ferrum Legend Hank Norton


Hank Norton, above, served as both football coach and athletic director. He won four national championships with the Panthers and passed in 2019.

Jazmin Scarberry, Staff Writer

The Ferrum College football staff plans to host the annual Hank Norton/Black Hats Golf Tournament on Sat., June 3, in Troutville, VA, at Botetourt Golf and Swim Club.

The tradition of Black Hats football is carried out in the tournament to honor longtime Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Hank Norton, who passed in January 2019 at 91. Norton led the Panthers to four NCAA national championships in 1965, 1968, 1974, and 1977, as well as national runner-up in 1966. He also finished his 34-year career with a 277-44-11 college coaching record.

The Hank Norton/Black Hats Golf Tournament is also a fundraiser for the Panther football team and welcomes alums, family, friends, and supporters to join in on the action. The cost to play in the tournament is 100$ per player or 400$ per team.

The event will begin with provided lunch at 12:30 p.m. Golfers will be welcomed at 1:15 p.m.,  then a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Awards will be given after the tournament around 6-6:30 p.m., officials said.

Anyone interested in the tournament should contact Coach Cleive Adams immediately at [email protected] by email or (540) 238-9553 by cell. Botetourt Golf and Swim Club can be found at 2414 Country Club Road in Troutville, VA, and to contact them call (540)922-1451.

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