Christendom College will host the 10th annual Thomas S. Vander Woude Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday, October 14, at the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front Royal, Virginia. The proceeds of this event fund the Thomas. S. Vander Woude Memorial Scholarship.
The day will begin at 11 a.m., with golfers going to the driving range and practice green. At noon, after an opening prayer, golfers will begin tournament play. In the evening, the players will enjoy camaraderie together while dining and taking part in a silent auction.
The Thomas S. Vander Woude Memorial Scholarship is awarded to two two three freshman athletes each fall. Freshman are selected for this scholarship on the basis of their athletic skill, academic performance, and their character, both on and off the field. Recipients of this scholarship receive $5,000 per year for four years and are expected to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and uphold Student Life policies. The 2019 recipients of the scholarship will be introduced at the dinner.
This scholarship is awarded in memory of former athletic director, Thomas Vander Woude. Vander Woude’s son, Josie, fell into a septic tank when the cover collapsed on their family farm. Vander Woude jumped in to save him and drowned in the tank while holding his son’s head above the contents of the tank. Vander Woude is remembered not just for his heroic death, but for the character he showed as a father, husband, and devout Catholic. You can learn more about his story by watching this video.