Annual Golf Tournament Raises Money for Scholarships

Posted: Wednesday, April 24th 2013 at 2:16 PM

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

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