Golf tourney to fuel endowment fund
Published: Sunday, October 13, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 13, 2013 23:10
The Student Government Association will host the third annual “Tee Up with SGA” golf tournament Nov. 15 on Texas A&M’s newly renovated golf course to help raise funds for financial self-sustainability.
This is the first year that the tournament will be held on the Texas A&M golf course, and regristration is now open online for anyone interested in participation.
Amanda Hatheway, senior business major and SGA executive cabinet chief of staff, said the golf tournament is being held primarily to help raise money for the SGA’s $1 million endowment goal.
Brandon Valenta, junior supply chain management major and director of development for SGA, said funding currently sits at $106,000 and the goal may need to be adjusted for inflation, but the end goal is to have a fund that generates the $50,000 a year that would normally come from student fees.
“It was decided that it would be better if we just paid for it ourselves so we wouldn’t have to rely on students’ money at all,” Valenta said. “Once the SGA reaches this goal, it will be an almost entirely self-sustainable organization.”
Valenta said some of the prize logistics are still being worked out, but first-place winners will receive $500 in golf prizes.
In addition to the golf tournament and a spring fundraiser, SGA will hold a Brick Campaign in which current and former students, families, organizations and departments purchase an inscribed brick placed in the John J. Koldus Plaza. Each brick sale aids in the advancement of the SGA’s endowment fund and is designed for people who want to give back to the University, Valenta said.
The golf tournament will be one of the first big events on the newly renovated golf course, Hatheway said.
“It’ll be a great way to introduce the new golf course,” Hatheway said. “It’s for anyone to come out and play on the course and get to experience it for the first time.”
Jane Pavlicek, sophomore kinesiology major, said the SGA golf tournament will be a great way to introduce the golf course.
“I think it’s really cool that the SGA is using the golf tournament to raise money to sort of give back to the University,” Pavlicek said. “I think the SGA will run a lot more efficiently this way.”