Over $10,000 was raised for the next generation of Christendom student-athletes at the 9th annual Thomas S. Vander Woude Golf Tournament, with over a hundred golfers and over twenty sponsors participating in the event.

Since its inception, the golf tournament has drawn over a hundred golfers each year to the Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Course in Front Royal, Virginia, for a day of golf, remembrance, and fundraising for Christendom students. This year was no different, with many alumni and benefactors returning to Front Royal to pledge money toward the college’s student athlete scholarships.

At the tournament, athletic director Patrick Quest announced this year’s Thomas S. Vander Woude Athletic Scholarship winners, Owen Kennedy and Mercy Willson. Kennedy, who played varsity high school basketball and football was named a basketball Player of the Year before coming to Christendom, currently plays for the Crusader rugby team, and will join the basketball team as it begins its season next month. Willson will join the women’s basketball team, and both will aim to live up to Vander Woude’s legacy as student athletes who serve as leaders, both on campus and off.

The tournament was created to raise funds for athletes like Kennedy and Willson and enable them to better afford Christendom’s liberal arts education, but also to honor the legacy of Vander Woude. A former athletic director at the school, and father to many Christendom alumni, Vander Woude 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 athletic director Patrick Quest at patrick.quest@christendom.edu.

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