The sixth annual Thomas S. Vander Woude Memorial Golf Tournament was held on October 9, with 104 golfers and over twenty sponsors raising $20,000 for Christendom College’s athletic scholarship, the Thomas S. Vander Woude Memorial Scholarship.
“For the sixth year, the generosity of the sponsors and participants shined through. The tournament is always such a great day of camaraderie and energy provided by the excited participants of the tournament. This year was no different,” said dean of students Chris Vander Woude, who has helped organize the event since its inception. “I am very thankful to Dr. O’Donnell for his kind words about [my father, Thomas Vander Woude] and especially would like to thank all the sponsors and donors who made the day possible.”
This marks the sixth year in a row that the tournament has drawn over a hundred golfers to Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Course in Front Royal, Va., with sponsors, such as Pricewaterhousecoopers, Petrine Construction, Paladin Financial, and O’Briene & Keane Architects helping to make the important event happen.
Ranked as the third best golf course in Virginia, Blue Ridge Shadows provided participants with a great game of golf on a beautiful day in the Shenandoah Valley. Last year’s tournament champions Tim Halisky, Scott Halisky, John Halisky, and Kevin Clune were the runner-ups, while Phil Daniel, Josh Daniel, Joseph Daniel, and Dave Lussier took this year’s tournament crown.
During the awards banquet following the tournament, the 2015 recipients of the athlete-scholar scholarships were announced: freshmen Patrick Pennefather and Mary-Grace Handy.
“We were able to add over $20,000 to the Thomas S. Vander Woude Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will continue to allow high quality student-athletes the ability to attend Christendom and impact the college in the classroom, in the chapel, and on the field or court,” said Vander Woude.
The Thomas S. Vander Woude Memorial Scholarship offers students who excel in academics, leadership, and athletics the chance to attend Christendom.
Former Athletic Director Tom Vander Woude—for whom the scholarship is named—died saving the life of his youngest son on September 8, 2008. He was dedicated to the character development and personal formation of young people, especially in the areas of both intercollegiate and intramural athletics.
For more information on how to contribute to the Thomas S. Vander Woude Athletic Scholarship fund, please contact dean of students Chris Vander Woude at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact athletic director Patrick Quest at email@example.com.