7thgolf-1Alumni and friends of Christendom College traveled to the Shenandoah Valley this past Friday, October 14, for the seventh annual Thomas S. Vander Woude Memorial Golf Tournament. Held at Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Course, the popular event drew 91 golfers and over thirty sponsors this year, raising $20,000 for Christendom College’s athletic scholarship, the Thomas S. Vander Woude Memorial Scholarship.

“The seventh annual Thomas S. Vander Woude Memorial Golf Tournament did not disappoint, and it may have been the best weather we have had in the short history of this great event. With the generosity of over thirty sponsors including the lead sponsor, American Dream Restoration, and the faithful support of 91 participants, the tournament was a huge success,” said dean of students Chris Vander Woude, who has helped organize the event since its inception. “Each and every year, I am humbled by the outpouring of support for this great event which honors the memory of Tom Vander Woude.”

Ranked as the third best golf course in Virginia, Blue Ridge Shadows provided participants with a great game of golf on a stunning day in the Shenandoah Valley. Alumni Tim Halisky, Scott Halisky, and John Halisky, along with Kevin Clune, were the tournament winners for the second time in three years, with last year’s champions Phil Daniel, Josh Daniel, Joseph Daniel, and Dave Lussier emerging as this year’s runner-ups.

Christendom's current Thomas S. Vander Woude Scholarship awardees.

Christendom’s current Thomas S. Vander Woude Scholarship awardees.

During the awards banquet following the tournament, the 2016 recipients of the scholar-athletes scholarships were announced: freshmen James Foeckler and Thomas Audino. The two of them were celebrated during the banquet, along with the college’s other current scholar-athletes scholarship awardees.

“The tournament again reached its goal of adding over $20,000 to the Thomas S. Vander Woude Memorial Scholar Athlete Fund, which assists two scholar-athletes each year in their ability to attend Christendom and pursue greatness. It is a highlight each year to see the generous support of so many. It is also a great opportunity for those that support the fund to see the scholar-athletes that they have helped be able to attend Christendom,” 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 cvanderwoude@christendom.edu, or contact athletic director Patrick Quest atpatrick.quest@christendom.edu. To see more pictures from this year’s tournament, click here.

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