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Golf Tournament 2011
Twenty-second annual BUAC Golf Tournament held June 2 Fifty foursomes compete in event to raise money for BU’s athletic program
by Autumn Tompkins
Binghamton Athletic Department
June 2, 2011 marked the 22nd Annual BUAC Golf Tournament which took place at The Links at Hiawatha Landing in Apalachin, New York. Fifty teams of four took part in the event, which featured both a morning and afternoon session. This tournament helps to support all of Binghamton University’s twenty-one Division I sports teams and 450 student-athletes.
Bill Berg, a board member of the BUAC and co-chair of the tournament, enjoys arranging and participating in the event more and more every year.
“I like gathering sponsors for the tournament,” he said, “They respect the student-athletes and love to support them both on and off the field.”
Patty Bloomer, serving her third year as president of the BUAC, also remarked how important it was to support the BU athletics program.
“Giving back lets each athlete know that we support them and their achievements not only in sports, but also in the classroom,” she said.
Bloomer decided not to golf this year. Instead, she was mingling with participants and handing out registration gifts. Still, she believes that this year’s tournament is just as exciting as years’ past.
“They’re offering Bloody Mary’s and clams by the putting green, plenty of food, snacks, and beverages on the course,” she said.
Every participant had the chance to win some great prizes through contests and raffles. Mark Macon, the head Coach of the Men’s Basketball Team, was excited to see if anyone would win the Hole-in-One Contest sponsored by Jack Sherman Toyota.
“It will be amazing to see who will win the car,” he said.
This was Macon’s fourth year attending the tournament. Although he was not golfing, Macon will be taking some lessons, to refine his golfing skills, so he can participate in the tournament in the future.
In addition to the Hole-in-One Contest, there was a putting contest sponsored by New York Carolina Express, with two participants having a chance to win $5,000.00, a Silent Auction, and a Par 3 Challenge where participants would have a chance to win prizes if they beat the “pro” on #3.
Chris Lewis, the Assistant Athletic Director for Development, believes this tournament brings the community closer to the BU athletics program.
“Delivering an event like this helps the program integrate into the community,” he said, “The participants and community will associate a goodtime with the program.”
Alumni Hans Dalmolen and Dan Polhamus, who participated in the tournament, both had a wonderful time competing.
“It’s a day of golf, sun, and fun,” Dalmolen said.
Polhamus agreed and added, “Not only do we get to have fun, but also we get to support the student-athletes at the same time. That’s what’s really important.”
The winning foursome in the morning session consisted of Chris Lewis, Mark Gable, Dave Bittler and Jeff Kisloski. Ronald Markoff, Al Kenderes, Gary Hmurcik and Mike Karl composed the first-place group in the afternoon session.