Rescheduled from June, George Mason University’s 17th annual University Life Diversity Scholarship Golf Classic, open to all, will be held on September 23, at South Riding Golf Club in South Riding, Va.
The tournament benefits George Mason’s Early Identification Program (EIP), a college preparatory program for middle and high school students who will be the first in their families to pursue higher education; and the Student Transition Empowerment Program (STEP), an initiative to enhance the recruitment, engagement and retention of first-generation college students at Mason.
The University Life Golf Classic has raised more than $250,000 for scholarships since it began. According to Alissa Karton, assistant to the vice president and director of special projects in the Office of University Life, the classic raised just shy of $40,000 at last year’s event and is on target to hit more than $50,000 this year.
“We have a dedicated group of volunteers that put this event together and an amazing group of supporters, local businesses and regular and new golfers who come out to support Mason and first-generation college students,” says Karton. “It’s an incredible testament to the community and ultimately makes Mason a better place for everyone involved.”
Many local businesses, such as Sandy Spring Bank, Lockheed Martin and QinetiQ are sponsors of the event. Brian Mitchell, former running back for the Washington Redskins; Paul Hewitt, Mason’s men’s basketball head coach; and Doc Nix, director of Mason’s Green Machine pep band, will lend their support at the event.
Prizes will be awarded to the lowest score in three flights. Individual awards will be given for longest drive and closest to the pin on selected holes for men and women. Players may assemble four-person teams, and individual golfers will be assigned to a foursome on the day of the event. Additionally, a putting contest was added this year.
For more information about the University Life Diversity Scholarship Golf Classic, see the website.
(Originally posted by Frances Womble on Mason News. Updated by Maryam Sodeifi)