Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mulligan Madness Strikes Again


This past Friday, at the 15th annual Mulligan Madness golf tournament, the second highest amount of money was raised in Mulligan Madness history by the smallest class of students, bringing in $10,655.
Mulligan Madness is a four man golf scramble tournament that is held every year to raise money for the Sports Management Majors Club, as well as a local charity. Mulligan Madness is arranged by the facilities and event management class, HPS 3370, of the sports management department.
Each fall the facilities and event management class organizes a dodge ball tournament, and each spring they put on a golf scramble, to raise money for their club, as well as local charities. The golf scramble is the Sports Management Majors Club’s big fundraising event for the year.  
This years’ tournament was held at the Towne Lake Hills Golf Club in Woodstock, Ga. Registration began at 8 a.m. and tee-off, which was scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., but was running a little late, began at 9:30 a.m. Twenty five teams of four players played 18 holes of golf.
Playing for Prizes
The registration fee was $80 per person. This fee covered 18 holes of golf, range balls, golf carts, and a hot lunch. The players also had the opportunity to win a variety of great prizes. The winners of the tournament received a plaque, as well as Oakley sunglasses. Other achievements that were acknowledged with prizes included longest drive, and closest to the pin.
A variety of prizes including gift certificates, merchandise, KSU clothing, an art piece made by the KSU Bike Shop, and many more items were donated by local establishments and sponsors.

Students Experienced Hands on Work
The chosen charity that the event sponsored this year was the Acworth Special Needs Field, a place where children with physical and mental disabilities are able to participate in sports.
The students of the facilities and event management class were responsible for arranging everything from securing a location, to finding sponsors, finding players, providing food and volunteers ect.
 Katie Frykman, a sports management major and senior at Kennesaw State University, was the volunteer coordinator for this years’ event.
            “It was a really great experience having the responsibility of finding volunteers and sponsors for the golf tournament, because I know this is a very realistic scenario for things I may be doing in possible jobs. This allowed me to have hands on experience in things that I will very likely be doing in the future,” said Frykman.

Coming Together for Charity
            The golf tournament brought many different people together for the cause. KSU alumni, as well as friends, family, golf enthusiasts, and even some current KSU students came out to support the cause. Brian Harper, a communication major and senior at KSU, participated in Mulligan Madness for the first time this year.
            “I love to play golf and have played in a few tournaments before. One of my friends asked me if I would play in this tournament. I did it as a favor to him, but it was actually one of the most fun tournaments I have ever played in. It was so chill, and everyone was out to have a good time and be a little competitive at the same time, but it was really all in good fun,” said Harper.  

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