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

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

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

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