College to Host Second Annual Golf Tournament

September 2, 2011

Alumnus Mike Freeman takes a swing at last year's tournament.
Christendom College will hold the 2nd Annual Thomas S. Vander Woude Memorial Golf Tournament on Friday, October 7, 2011 at the Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club in Front Royal, Va. Kicking-off the College’s annual Homecoming Weekend, the tournament will raise funds for Christendom’s Scholar-Athlete Scholarship.

Ranked as the 3rd best golf course in Virginia, Blue Ridge Shadows will provide participants with a wonderful chance to enjoy the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley, a great game of golf, and the opportunity to raise money for a worthy cause.

“We are looking forward to the second year of this tournament,” Athletic Director Chris Vander Woude says. “Last year’s success, along with the overwhelming support for the tournament to be continued, gives us a lot of hope. I think this year will be even more enjoyable for the participants and more successful for the scholarship fund. We still have sponsorships available and are always looking for donations of items to give away as door prizes.”

Contests during the tournament include the longest drive, closest to the pin, hole in one, and the East vs. West Challenge, which mimics the college’s annual flag football game. Participants will have a chance to win prizes, such as vacation packages, sports apparel, golf equipment, religious items, and a car.

Last year's winning foursome.

To register for this event, click here. Registration closes October 5.

To find out more about event sponsorship opportunities, please click here.

The Thomas S. Vander Woude Memorial Scholar-Athlete Scholarship strives to offer 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.

Mary Barbale ('14) of Charlton, Mass. was the first recipient of the Scholarship.

Recipients of the scholarship are given the opportunity, as Thomas Vander Woude believed, to be formed mentally, spiritually, and physically. The scholarship is awarded to one incoming freshman each year, as funds permit. More scholarships hope to be added in the future, and efforts are being made to establish an endowment for the scholarship fund, providing a truly lasting legacy.

Anyone interested in more information about the tournament or those interested in applying for the scholarship or donating to the scholarship should contact Athletic Director Chris Vander Woude at


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