It’s getting close to tee-time: Register now for the 31st annual Saint Martin’s Golf Tournament and help student-athletes get an education

June 30, 2014

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LACEY, Wash. – Even Saints need a hand when it comes to paying for college. Help the Saint Martin’s Saints student-athletes by raising some green on the greens at the 31st Annual Saint Martin’s Golf Tournament. Registration is now open for the event, which will take place Friday, Aug. 1, at the Capitol City Golf Club, 5225 Yelm Highway SE, in Lacey.

The tournament has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support Saint Martin’s student-athletes in all sports since it was founded in 1983. It is a joint project of the Saint Martin's Athletic Foundation, the Office of Alumni Relations and the Athletics Department. The tournament continues to help SMU student-athletes carry on the tradition of being successful athletes, students and community members. Presenting sponsors for this year’s tournament are Charles Schwab and Bon Appétit Management Co.

“Having the support from scholarship donors has allowed me to continue my passion of playing soccer and to work toward accomplishing my academic goals,” says Kari Inch, a biology major at the University. “The game has taught me to be a team player, to work well with others, and has also helped shape me into the individual I am today. Your support has encouraged me not only to work to the best of my abilities, but to also motivate my peers on and off of the field.”

Bob Grisham, the University’s athletic director, says, "The tournament has a long history of providing scholarship support for our student athletes and this support plays an important role in our success.”

Grisham says the golf tournament attracts about 200 golfers each year. This year’s competition is a scramble format. Prizes will be awarded in the following divisions: alumni (foursomes with at least two SMU alumni golfers), mixed foursomes with at least two women golfers, open and senior (at least three golfers over 65).

Individual tournament registration is $150; team registration is $600. An optional 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. Registration covers 18 holes of golf, cart rental, course refreshments, tee prizes and the Backswing Banquet dinner and program. The event begins with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m., following the tournament, at the Norman Worthington Conference Center on the University campus, 5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey. For banquet guests not participating in the tournament, the cost is $20, which will include the awarding of prizes and a raffle drawing.

For questions, please contact Bianca Galam, SMU fundraising event coordinator, 360-486-8885. To learn more about the 2014 event, or to register online, visit the Saint Martin’s Golf Tournament webpage, www.stmartin.edu/GolfTournament/

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:

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

Genevieve Canceko Chan
Vice President, Office of Marketing and Communications
360-438-4332; GCahn@stmartin.edu