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Good times, great cause: Capitol to host 7th annual scholarship golf tournament

Golfers will have the opportunity to showcase their skills and have fun while also helping to raise scholarship money for students as they gather on September 29th for Capitol College’s 7th  Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament, to be held at Turf Valley in Ellicott City, MD.

Registration for a foursome is $550; for an individual golfer, the fee is $150. Non-players are also welcome at the event; they can register for $50.

Each year, the tournament raises funds to support the growing needs of students and ensure they have the financial support they need to realize their academic goals.

The event also helps build rapport among different members of the college community, including sponsors, trustees and college administration, faculty and staff, as well as students and alumni.

The tournament has three main purposes, says Capitol College’s president, Dr. Michael T. Wood.

“One, it raises money for our students. The major purpose is fundraising, to provide scholarship support and financial aid. Two, it’s a great opportunity to have some social camaraderie with our constituents and our supporters. It gets a lot of people who are members of the extended college community together for a good social time,” Wood said.

“Third, it brings us greater community visibility. Being out at a local golf course community enables us to generate contacts and relationships with people from various walks of life who are active in that community,” he said.

Registration costs cover not only the greens fees and equipment, but also a continental breakfast, lunch, and beverages on course. Each participant will receive a golf shirt marking the occasion, along with a sleeve of golf balls bearing the name of the college. An awards ceremony will be held after play is concluded.

Derick Veenstra, who retired this summer as Capitol’s vice president for finance and administration, has been closely involved with the tournament since its inception in 2007. 

“It’s a great, fun event,” he said. “And it gives us a chance to interact with our vendors, who we ask to step up to the plate and help us sponsor it.”

Donor support is vital for small colleges like Capitol, he said. “Like any small independent college we never have enough money to hand out in scholarships to our more than deserving students.”

The event will take place at one of the region’s premier getaways. Set among central Maryland’s rolling hills, Turf Valley boasts stunning autumnal scenery in addition to all the amenities of a top-class resort. Besides two 18-hole courses, it is home to a spa, a conference center, and a restaurant specializing in fusion cuisine.

Capitol College is the only independent college in Maryland dedicated to engineering, computer science, information technology and business. Founded in 1927, Capitol is an accredited institution offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees, a doctorate in information assurance, as well as professional development training and certificates, and partnerships with government and industry.

Capitol is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. The college is located in Laurel, MD, a suburban setting midway between Washington, DC and Baltimore. Capitol is committed to providing a quality education that is technology-driven, accessible, affordable and practical.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014