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Alumni Association Golf Tournament benefits student scholarships

It will be another great day for student scholarship recipients at Western when the WCSU Alumni Association’s 26th Annual Golf Tournament tees off at Richter Park in Danbury on Monday, Sept. 26.

Carrying on a popular tradition begun in the 1980s, the annual tournament will offer alumni and friends of the university an opportunity to enjoy a round of golf and good fun on one of western Connecticut’s premiere courses while helping to raise funds for the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.

Funds raised through the tournament support annual scholarships recognizing Western undergraduate students who have demonstrated exemplary academic achievement and participation in university and community activities. The fund also provides for the association’s annual award to a graduate student based on academic performance and financial need, and the annual May Sherwood Memorial Scholarship award to a senior in high academic standing with a major in education.

Recipients of Alumni Association scholarships for the 2011-12 academic year include Diana Bytyqi, Amanda Daley, Leah Firmender, James Heffner, Jacob Humerick, Douglas Otto Jackson, Vincent Kmetz, Kara Mendes, Amanda Nagurney, Bruna Oliveira, Kristopher Osborne, and Stephanie Wozniak.

The tournament will be conducted in scramble format with a shot-gun start at 10 a.m. on the Richter Park Golf Course at 100 Aunt Hack Road in Danbury. Check-in and continental breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m., with lunch offered from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tournament program will conclude with a player awards reception at 3 p.m. at the Café on the Green.

WCSU alumni and members of the university community have joined forces to plan this year’s event through their service on the 2011 AA Golf Committee, led by Al Mead as chairman and Ron Pugliese as honorary chairman. Other members of the committee include Neil Wagner, Jan Maria Jagush, Heather Stone, Theresa Eberhard Asch, Tom Crucitti, Joe Giaquinto, Eric Wellman, Mark Allen, and Jill Cook, along with Director of Alumni Relations Tammy Hammershoy and Director of Development Jane von Trapp. 

“The Golf Committee has been active in organizing our annual golf outing,” Mead observed. “With the support of many departments at WCSU, we expect another successful day. Raising funds for Alumni Association scholarships is what inspires the members of the committee to work hard.”

Registration is open to the public to reserve places for tournament play, at a cost of $175 per individual and $700 per foursome.  The association also is offering a wide range of sponsorship opportunities, with forms available by following the sponsorship link on the “Golf Outing” page on the WCSU website. 

“The Alumni Association Golf Tournament brings together WCSU alumni, faculty, staff and friends in the Danbury area for a great day of golf while also supporting an amazing cause — student scholarships,” Hammershoy noted. “The success of this event rests largely on community support and sponsorship. We welcome anyone who wants to play in or sponsor the tournament to join us.”

For reservations and additional information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (203) 837-8290 or


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