30th anniversary golf tournament benefits student athletes at Saint Martin’s University

June 17, 2013

LACEY, Wash. – Tee off to boost scholarships for student-athletes at the 30th Anniversary Saint Martin’s Golf Tournament, taking place Friday, Aug. 2 at the Capitol City Golf Club, 5225 Yelm Highway SE, in Lacey.

golftourney Registration is now open for the annual event, which is one of the longest-running golf tournaments in the South Puget Sound area. Established in 1983 by the Saint Martin’s Alumni Association, and later overseen by the Saint Martin’s Athletic Foundation (SMAF), the golf tournament has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships for Saint Martin’s student-athletes in all sports. Charles Schwab is the presenting sponsor this year.

“All participants, golfers and non-golfers alike, have a wonderful time while helping to raise scholarship funds for our highly motivated student-athletes,” says Bob Grisham, athletic director for Saint Martin’s University. The event sells out nearly every year and usually attracts about 200 golfers.

The honorary co-chairs of this year’s golf tournament, Joe Alongi HS ’62,’66 and Dick Roney ’64, are credited with possessing the vision and leadership that led to the ongoing popularity and longevity of the event. Alongi and Roney are current members of the Saint Martin’s board of trustees, long-time members of the alumni association and founding members of the SMAF. Together, they have worked tirelessly to support the University in its efforts to strengthen the intercollegiate and intramural programs. Thanks to those efforts, SMU student-athletes continue to stand out as high performers, not just on the court, the field or the track, but in the classroom and within the greater community.

Individual tournament registration is $150, and team registration is $600. Registration covers 18 holes of golf, cart rental, course refreshments, tee prizes and a banquet dinner that begins with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m., following the tournament, at the Norman Worthington Conference Center on the University’s Lacey campus, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE. There is a $20 fee for guests not participating in the tournament who wish to attend the banquet, which will include the awarding of prizes and a raffle drawing. A coupon book, available for $25 with pre-registration or $30 if purchased the day of the event, will provide entry to all on-course contests.

Joe Berger ’13, salutatorian of Saint Martin’s Class of 2013, is one of many Saints athletes who have benefitted from scholarship dollars raised by the golf tournament. Berger recently reflected on his experience of being a member of the cross country and track team while taking full course loads every semester. “My academic achievements have not been easy,” he says, “but were more rewarding because of the challenges they presented. The scholarship I was awarded renewed my motivation to maintain a high level of academic excellence and focus on achieving my educational and career goals.”

To learn more about the 2013 event, visit the Saint Martin’s Golf Tournament webpage. For information about this year’s new location at Capitol City Golf Club, please visit www.golfcapitolcity.com.

Questions about the tournament may be directed to the Office of Alumni Relations at 360-438-4586 or alumni@stmartin.edu. For details about becoming a tournament sponsor, please call Rosanne Nichols at 360-438-4366.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 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 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300 more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.

For additional information:

Rosanne Nichols
Vice president, institutional advancement
360-438-4366; rnichols@stmartin.edu

Bob Grisham
Athletic director
360-438-4368; bgrisham@stmartin.edu