2020 Holt-Bowser Charity Golf Tournament

The Holt-Bowser Scholarship Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves to benefit aspiring college students. Our goal is to financially assist undergraduate students attending Christian-based institutions of any affiliation. The focus on Christian education flows from the passions and sacrifices of the pioneering ministers whom we honor through this foundation.


G. P. Holt

George Philip Holt was born in Rutherford County, Tennessee  on May 14, 1923, to M.F. and Thelma Bowser Holt. He was the second of six children. He was educated in the public schools of Nashville, Tennessee, and later at the Bowser Christian Institute, a forerunner of Southwestern Christian College, which is located in Terrell, Texas. As a boy preacher he traveled with his grandfather, G.P. Bowser, a gospel preacher, who inspired him in the ministry.

Along with his grandfather, Holt was instrumental in establishing congregations of the Churches of Christ in several states. He loved his work and preached for over 60 years. It was said he preached as hard to 10 people as to a thousand. His longest congregational ministries were with the Churches of Christ in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Indianapolis, Indiana. He also served congregations in Detroit, Toledo, and Dallas.

Always a student, Brother Holt maintained an impressive library. He was an author, debater and a staff writer for the Christian Echo, a publication started by his grandfather. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Southwestern Christian College.

Holt married Olivia Busby and they were the parents of six children. He died in Dallas, Texas, on March 02, 2001.


 G. P. Bowser

George Philip Bowser was born on February 17, 1874, in Maury County, Tennessee. After the death of his father, the family moved to Nashville. Bowser attended and graduated from Walden University where he mastered five languages, including Greek, Hebrew, French, German and Latin. He was trained as a missionary for the Methodist Church, before being introduced to the Christian Church/Church of Christ.  

Soon after his conversion and baptism, he began preaching the gospel.  Bowser was also a master printer and, at the age of 28, founded and edited a paper called the Christian Echo, which is one of the oldest publications among churches of Christ and remains in publication today. He also authored many gospel tracts, song books and Bible School materials. In 1907, Bowser began a school for African-American children in Nashville, Tennessee. He also opened other schools in Silver Point, Tennessee; Fort Smith, Arkansas; Detroit, Michigan; and Fort Worth, Texas.  His educational endeavors resulted in the founding of Southwestern Christian College in 1949. The college is fully accredited and located in Terrell, Texas.

Bowser married Fannie Sowell and was the father of three daughters: Clara, Thelma, and Philista.  Two of his grandsons, George and Marion Holt, followed him in the ministry. G.P. Bowser died on March 23, 1950, in Detroit, Michigan.

"The trouble that most of us find with the modern matched sets of clubs is that they don't really seem to know any more about the game than the old one's did!"
— Robert Browning, A History of Golf
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