Scholarship Fundraiser Gets Back in the Swing

Community UT Dallas Golf Tournament is Back After a 2-Year Absence

March 13, 2009

The University of Texas at Dallas’ 16th annual golf tournament and scholarship fundraiser is back – and bigger than ever – after a two-year hiatus. Tee time for the event is 1 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Sherrill Park Golf Course in Richardson.

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Since its inception, the tournament has raised approximately $200,000 for UT Dallas student scholarships.

“We have re-energized this very unique event that brings together the campus and community for a special cause – scholarships for students,” said Dr. Calvin D. Jamison, the UT Dallas vice president for business affairs.

Golf is more than a game. It’s been described as an outdoor networking opportunity.

“Playing golf is like having 18 short meetings in an environment where camaraderie and team building are fostered and encouraged, which is very important for UT Dallas and the community,” Jamison said.

One of the event’s organizers, Dr. Austin Cunningham, the UT Dallas dean of graduate studies, said the idea for the golf tournament came about nearly 20 years ago as a way to forge ties between the University and the public.

“For a new university, I saw this as a phenomenal way to network and get people together. Also, as a physicist I liked the idea of challenging Newton’s third law,” Cunningham said.

Newton’s third law states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction — not always an easy force for an amateur golfer to make work in his favor.

Money raised from the tournament is split between two endowments: the Betty and Gifford Johnson Graduate Scholarship and the Patti Henry-Pinch Undergraduate Scholarship.

“The former is named for the last president of the predecessor to UT Dallas, the Southwest Center for Advanced Studies, and the latter is named for another member of our development board. All three are avid golfers,” Cunningham said.

On the links, awards will be given for first-, second- and last-place finishes, and all participants will be eligible for special drawings at the awards ceremony. Participants can sign-up individually or for six-person teams.

Funjet Vacations and Reliable Chevrolet are among the tournament’s sponsors, and prizes include round-trip airfare to Cancun, Mexico, and a chance to win a new car.

For those who are not golfers, there are many ways to participate, ranging from sponsoring a hole to contributing to the scholarship fund.

“In these challenging economic times, it's more important than ever for people to come together and participate in an event that leads to making our community stronger going forward. We can provide financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students and have a lot of fun doing it,” Cunningham added.

Registration and lunch will start at noon on the day of the tourney, and snacks will be available throughout the day. There will be a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The cost is $100 per player and includes green fees, cart, prizes, lunch and a light buffet. The deadline to enter is March 31. Registration will be limited to the first 150 participants.


More Information: Dr. Calvin D. Jamison or Lisa Sunderland, (972) 883-2213; Dr. Austin Cunningham, (972) 883-2667; or Chris Gage, (972) 883-2055.
Media Contacts:
Haywood McNeill, UT Dallas, (972) 883-4997, hmcneill@utdallas.edu
or the Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu

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