June 02, 2010

Golf scramble will raise funds for scholarships

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s nationally recognized aviation programs will again host a golf scramble later this month to supplement scholarship opportunities for students.

The third annual Aviation Scholarship Golf Scramble is Monday, June 14, at the Boulder Ridge Country Club in Lake in the Hills in suburban Chicago.

Proceeds from the scramble go to fund scholarships for students in the University’s aviation flight, aviation management and aviation technologies programs. The first two scrambles combined raised approximately $55,000, said David A. NewMyer, chair of the SIUC Department of Aviation Management and Flight.

The programs are part of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts.

NewMyer credits the generosity of Charles Priester, chairman and CEO of Wheeling-based Priester Aviation, and Ray Plote of Boulder Ridge Country Club in supporting the golf scramble. NewMyer anticipates 100 to 120 golfers will participate, including SIUC aviation alumni, friends and supporters.

The scramble will feature a short live auction that features several items, including a stay at a resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; a weekend for two in Southern Illinois sponsored by the Makanda Inn; and airline tickets sponsored by AirTran Airways. All proceeds will also go to the aviation scholarships.

Golf scramble costs are $145 per golfer and $550 for a team of four. The cost includes lunch, dinner, golf, a golf cart, and a T-shirt. Event sponsorships from $1,000 to $3,000 are available, and hole sponsorships are available for $200 apiece. A dinner-only option for non-golfers is available at $50 per person.

The entry deadline is the day of the event. Check-in time is 10:30 a.m. to noon. For more information on registration or sponsorships, contact NewMyer at 618/453-8898 or dnewmyer@aviation.siu.edu. Additional event information is also available at www.aviation.siu.edu.