FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2008
Inaugural JUAA Golf Classic a rousing success

March 28, 2008

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The inaugural JUAA Golf Classic, held at the Deerwood Country Club on Thursday, was hailed as a success as more than 80 players played in the event.

The JUAA Golf Classic, which is a fund raising event for the Athletic Association and the Men's and Women's Golf Teams, brought in more than $15,000 in the first year of the event.

The tournament began with lunch donated by Carrabba's, followed by 18 holes of golf on a beautiful afternoon. On the course, players had two hole-in-one opportunities to win automobiles, donated by the Nimnicht Dealers.

"Thanks to our committee [John Harrison, Glen Cohen, Everette Seay, Mike Hartley and Bill Jackson], this first golf event was huge success for our department and golf teams," said JU director of athletics Alan Verlander. "This gives our department and both of our golf teams added resources to stay competitive in our conference and in the region."

"We appreciate every one that played in this year's event joining us and look forward to making this event bigger and better next year."

Among the grand prizes were a set of Taylor Made R7 irons, signed flags from Phil Mickleson of the 2005 PGA Championship and 2004 Master's, several Nike golf items, several utility clubs and wedges and plenty of rounds of golf from area country clubs.

The winning team (gross score) consisted of Jeff Blacker, Mark Rutland, Ted Petit, Rich Scott and Jim Minta. The winning team (net score) consisted of Everette Seay, Jeff Hartman, Kent Schmidt, Colin Lackey and Travis Parker.

In conjunction with this event, the JU Athletic Association sold drawing tickets for $40 to be drawn June 10, 2008. The lucky winner will receive two custom fittings at the Callaway Learning Center in Carlsbad, California.

The winner and their guest will each receive a full set of clubs (drivers, fairway woods and irons) and a golf bag. Included in this prize package is roundtrip airfare for two to San Diego. Plenty of drawing tickets were purchased at yesterday's event, but there are still a limited number of tickets available. Anyone interested in purchasing tickets should contact Kelli Skodinski in the JUAA office at 256-7680.