NAU’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Management held their 14th annual golf tournament at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix on Monday, April 15, 2013. The tournament, a fundraiser that goes towards scholarships for HRM students, was very successful this year, especially attendance-wise. There were 116 players who participated in this year’s tournament.
The tournament committee, made up of Professors Jon Hales, Darwin Mann, and Wally Rande, worked with several of HRM’s National Advisory Board members to gain over 20 sponsors who donated prizes or money to the cause.
“We were averaging $6,000–$8,000 a year when we played in Flagstaff. Last year, our first year in Phoenix, we went to $17,000, and this year we’re going to be over $28,000 dollars,” Hales said.
A lot of the success of this year’s tournament can be attributed to the level of student involvement.
The students helped to sell raffle tickets, gave mulligans to the golf players, and presented the silent auction items for bid. The silent auction featured a lot of great items and had several bids on each them, an improvement from previous years when attendance wasn’t as high.
“After the tournament, we had over 100 people stay for the awards banquet and silent auction,” Hales said. “That was very nice event [on one of the] patios at Desert Ridge to have players wind down.”
“It was a lot of work because there were a lot more people involved, a lot more details [to keep track of], but we had fun,” he said.
The day was a Win-Win for all involved and for future recipients of the scholarship monies.
Video memories from the day's events, a 4-video playlist:
HRM 2013 Golf Sponsors and Silent Auction Contributors
Tournament Host – J. W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort
Prize Sponsor – Golden Eagle Distributors
$ 2,500 Silver Sponsor – Renaissance Phoenix Downtown – Paige Lund
$ 2,000 Partner Sponsor – Core Construction – Jessica Bateman
$ 1,500 Partner Sponsor – Marriott International College Relations – Carrie Feeney
$ 1,500 Partner Sponsor – Choice Hotels – Todd Davis
$ 1,500 Partner Sponsor – Fountain Food Service – Chad Oliver
**1,500 Partner Sponsor – Grand Canyon Management – Larry Houdek
**$ 1,500 Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive Sponsor – Alliance Beverage – Steve Abbate
$ 1,000 Friend of HRM Sponsor – Westin Kierland Resort – Bruce Lang
$ 1,000 Friend of HRM Sponsor – Unisource Entergy Nathan Shelley
$ 1,000 Friend of HRM Sponsor – Little America Flagstaff – Fred Reese
$ 750 Corporate Sponsor – Hyatt Regency Scottsdale – Peter Rice
$ 750 Corporate Sponsor – Lovitte & Touche – Dave Wilder
$ 750 Corporate Sponsor – Elite Audio Visual Solutions - Chad Lucas
$ 750 Corporate Sponsor – EcoLab – Dawn Kamp-Moye
$ 750 Corporate Sponsor – Young’s Market – Mark Moser
$ 750 Corporate Sponsor – Visit Mesa – Josh Todd
$ 750 Corporate Sponsor – JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort – Daniel Padilla
$ 750 Corporate Sponsor – JW Camelback Inn – Daryl Rhead
$ 500 Raffle Sponsor – Pappas Restaurants - Tammy Ledyard
$ 500 Raffle Sponsor – Hensley Distributing - Jake Jacobson
$ 500 Raffle Sponsor – Arizona HTLA Association – Debbie Johnson
$ 250 Cart Sponsor – Grand Avenue Produce John New
$22,750 Total April 11
4 Tee sponsors @ $100 each
(4) Jason Stead, Old Spaghetti Factory, Continental, ProClean
$ 23,150 Total All Sponsorships April 11
SILENT AUCTION OR RAFFLE CONTRIBUTORS
Golf Foursome – Pinewood Country Club – Munds Park Bobby Eldridge
Forest Highlands Golf Club – Flagstaff
Wildfire Golf Club at Desert Ridge – Phoenix
Tatum Ranch – Cave Creek
Antelope Hills two some – Prescott
Wekopa Golf Club – Fountain Hills
Wildfire Golf Club at Desert Ridge - Phoenix
2 nights and golf for 2 – Starr Pass Resort – Tucson
2 nights – McDowell Mountain Marriott Suites
2 nights with breakfast for 1 – Renaissance Phoenix Downtown
Two 1 night stays Hyatt Regency Phoenix Downtown
3 nights – Hyatt Gainey Ranch – Scottsdale
2 nights – Hilton Tapatio Cliffs
2 nights – Little America - Flagstaff
2 nights Spring Hill Suites and passes for 2 to the Smoki Museum – Prescott
2 nights camping – Arizona State Parks
1 night Sheraton Wild Horse Pass – Bunty Ahmad
2 night stay Phoenician
2nights and golf for 2 and spa for 2 Renaissance Esmeralda - Indian Wells, CA
**VIP Tour for 4 with samples - The Phoenix Ale Brewery
Phoenix Suns autograph player picture
NYPD gift cards Fox Restaurant gift cards
Old Spaghetti Factory gift cards
Drury Hotels Gladson Hotel Douglas
Grand Canyon Railway tickets
Dinner for four at Four Seasons 1 night Strater Hotel Durango
Golf Tournament 2012 in Review
On April 23rd, HRM held its Annual Golf Tournament at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix. The tournament was immediately followed by an alumni reception where former HRM students could make and renew acquaintances with HRM faculty and staff, fellow alums, and other industry colleagues.
HRM has been hosting this golf tournament for over 20 years. The tournament, which has been held at Forest Highlands in Flagstaff in prior years, was moved to Phoenix this year due to the large number of people who showed interest in the event.
In addition to the website and a number of brochures sent out advertising the tournament, the National Advisory Board did a great deal to inform companies and businesses from the hospitality industry about the event. The Camelback Inn, Desert Marriott, American Valet, and Desert Island Restaurants were just a few industry names that supported and attended the tournament.
The tournament was a huge success, with more than 100 golfers coming out for the event, raising almost $22,000-a record! All proceeds went towards scholarships and funding activities for HRM students.
Golf Tournament 2011 in Review
Golf Tournament 2010 in Review
Squeezing it in under the weather
October skies threatened rain, but we managed to squeeze in most of the tournament before the skies opened. Here’s a little sampler of the wonderful day.