National University Hosts 6th Annual Golf Tournament
RANCHO BERNARDO, Calif. -On Monday April 16, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the National University Golf Academy (NUGA) gathered for a charity golf tournament benefiting the academy.
More than 150 people from the NU system were on hand to play in a scramble game at the picturesque Rancho Bernardo Inn in Rancho Bernardo. The weather for the tournament was near perfect.
The day started at noon with a meet and greet. NU staff from many of the NU system schools were in attendance. The tournament gave many of faculty a chance to see each other. The tournament was also an opportunity for the staff to relax while helping students.
The purpose of the tournament is to raise funds for the scholarship endowment to the National University Golf Academy. Over the past six years, the tournament has raised over $700,000 for the endowment. The money raised this year will go toward providing deserving student the opportunity to pursue a career in the golf industry.
A putting contest was held prior to tee off. Diane Nolan was the women’s winner, and Tom Best won the men’s division. This provided the players a bit of warm up for the day ahead.
Besides the golf tournament, a silent auction was held throughout the day. Some of the items up for auction were signed sports memorabilia from Phillip Rivers, Drew Brees, and Eric Moralas, among others. Many golf packages and hotel resort packages were also up for auction. Professional photography services and tickets to sporting events were also in the offering. The big prize was an autographed Taylor guitar signed by Taylor Swift.
Several members of the Armed Forces were on hand to play in the tournament. They are members of Operation Game On! in partnership with NUGA. Wives of Warriors were also on hand to enjoy the day. Operation Game On! uses golf as a means to help in the rehabilitation of returning wounded soldiers.
“It is great that Dr. Lee and National University provide us with apparel and takes us out on outings like this. It really helps,” said Cpl. Michael Spivey.
Dr. Jerry Lee, Chancellor for National University, played with the warriors and appeared to have a great time with them.
“It was an honor to have them with us today,” he said of the warriors.
Everyone in attendance agreed that this was by far the best tournament so far. The Staff and grounds at the Ranch Bernardo Inn were very nice and very accommodating for this event.
”This was the first time we held this event here,” said event organizer David Neville. “It won’t be the last.”
After the game, everyone was greeted to a very nice reception with food and drinks. All the players were able to unwind and boast about how well their game went, or didn’t. The final auction bids were placed and the winners were announced.
The long drive contest for the men was won by Steve Conner. The women’s winner was Rebecca Smith.
Closest to the pin contest winner was Chris Stevens and the women’s winners was Kate Grace.
The score for the winning foursome was 57.