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Seniors Christen New Disc Golf Course With Annual Fund Tourney

March 29, 2001
Contact: Bill Giduz 704/894-2244 or bigiduz@davidson.edu

Matt Hazlett
Matt Hazlett of the second place "Crime Dogs" tries to give his toss some English as it flies down the fairway.

The Annual Fund hosted the Class of 2001 on Davidson's newest links for the second annual Senior Disc Golf Tournament on March 25.

The event celebrated the success of the class's Annual Fund drive, which has garnered pledges or gifts from a record 77 percent of class members.

Playing in teams of four or five, seniors teed it up with special Class of 2001 discs in the middle of Patterson Court. They followed the newly constructed 18 hole links northward into the woods behind Irwin, Knox, and Akers residence halls, then doubled back to finish inside Patterson Court.

The par 65 course, complete with metal post-and-basket holes and markers designating tee-off areas, was designed and installed recently by Andy Green and Ryan Baker from Innova disc golf company in Rock Hill, S.C. Davidson's grounds crew also helped clear underbrush and prepare the "fairways."

Frank Walker
Sophomore Frank Walker crashed the party, following the course signs erected by physical plant.

About 75 class members turned out for the tournament, which was held under sunny skies on a Sunday afternoon. Throughout the tournament, Charlotte radio station WEND broadcast live from behind Vail Commons. Players relaxed and socialized on the Vail Commons terrace as they came off the course, partaking of pizza donated by Acropolis Restaurant in Cornelius, and Sundrop and Ben & Jerry's ice cream donated by those firms.

Annual Fund Director Mary Tucker and Assistant Director Caroline Bynum presided over the post-game ceremonies. President Robert Vagt kicked things off by digging deep into his pocket to present a check for $12,001 to Class of 2001 Annual Fund chairs Elizabeth Brantley and Carter Grant as his personal gift to their effort. Vagt had pledged that amount if the class gift effort topped 75 percent.

Brantley and Grant credited much of their success to assistance from about 30 class agents, who have so far collected more than $6,000 in pledges and gifts from classmates. All donors had the option of designating their gifts in honor of a faculty or staff member, college athletics, student life, or in memory of former class members Nick Dancik and Chris Malamisura, who died while enrolled at the college.

After putting away his wallet, President Vagt presented plaques and trophies to members of the winning teams.

Jerry Saunders
Among the happy door prize winners was Jerry Saunders.

The first-place team of Christopher Brantley, Shaheen Counts, Doug Santschi, Rob Harkey, and Paul Gravel shot a sizzling 18 under par for the captain's choice format event. Second place, at just one toss back, were "The Crime Dogs," Robert McKeehan, Ben Carter, Connor Ware, Matt Hazlett, and Brandt McMillan. About two dozen lucky members of the class also received door prizes ranging from free food to tanning sessions donated by other event sponsors.

Many players tarried after supper to buy tickets for a hole-in-one contest at the 18th hole. The initial 40-yard shot proved too difficult for the field, so the distance was shortened by about 10 yards. After scores of throws that ranged from near misses to horrible shanks, Ambrose Tuscano of Bolivar, Pa., put one in the hole to win the $300 cash prize donated by General Meters Corporation.

In addition to those mentioned elsewhere, sponsors of the tournament were Annie's at the Lake, BB & T, BeautiControl by Karen Mosteller, Boise Cascade, Davidson Consulting Group, Davidson Depot, Davidson physical plant, First Charter Bank, First Citizens Bank, Fuel Pizza, Icehouse Jewelers and The Davidson Icehouse, Innova, Internetsoccer.com, Knead It bakery, Sports North, Substation, Twig's Clothing, Unique Physique, WDAV, and the Davidson College Alumni Association, Athletic Foundation, and business services, careers physical plant, residence life, careers, and president's offices.

Ambrose Tuscano
Hole-in-one winner Ambrose Tuscano with the disc that earned him $300.

The Class of 2001 members will next reconvene as a group on May 1 for their senior banquet, which is sponsored by the Alumni Office.

Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,600 students. Since its establishment in 1837, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country by U.S. News and World Report magazine. Davidson recently launched "Let Learning Be Cherished," a $250 million campaign in support of student financial assistance, academic resources, and community life.

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