Saint Martin's Golf Tournament honors two alumni

July 26, 2010

Lacey, Washington — Saint Martin’s 27th Annual Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, August 6 at the Olympia Country and Golf Club. This year, the tournament will be a double shotgun—the morning shotgun play will begin at 8 a.m. and the afternoon shotgun at 1 p.m. Tournament play will be a scramble format with open, mixed, senior, and alumni divisions. Players can still register at Proceeds for the tournament benefit the University’s Saints athletics program.

After the afternoon shotgun, players and guests will reconvene for a closing dinner and awards ceremony at Saint Martin’s Norman Worthington Conference Center. The post-tournament social begins at 5 p.m., with the dinner and awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. At the dinner, the University will honor two alumni, John Hyppa ’74 and Terry Lee ’79.

“John and Terry have participated in the golf tournament for years and supported the University in a variety of other activities,” says Bob Grisham, Saint Martin’s athletic director. “This year’s tournament allows us to acknowledge and thank them for their continuing support.”

John Hyppa, from Buckley, Washington, played basketball and baseball at Saint Martin’s before being drafted by the Navy Reserves. After reserves training, he came back and played basketball for Coach Dick Kaufman, later receiving the Inspirational Award during his senior year. After college, he taught in the North Thurston school district and at White River where he coached football. John also coached basketball at every level and was an assistant coach at Saint Martin’s, Fort Steilacoom, and Tacoma Community College.

Terry Lee, longtime resident of Olympia and a cancer survivor, is also a former basketball player at Saint Martin’s. He has been long involved in the golf tournament as well as many other Saint Martin’s activities.

For more information about the Saint Martin’s 27th Annual Golf Tournament, visit the tournament website at Players can register through the website, or contact Saint Martin’s Special Events at 360-486-8885 or Registration is $150 per person. Tournament registration includes course green fees, cart rental, course refreshments, tee prizes and dinner. It is an additional $15 for each non-golfer guest for the dinner ceremony and $25 for each coupon book if purchased in advance, or $30 if purchased separately; each coupon book provides entry to all on-course contests.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College, and Tacoma Community College.

Genevieve Canceko Chan
VP, communications & marketing
Saint Martin’s University