Photo: Brianna Fischer, Ron Nugen and Chris Fischer (l-r) at Palouse Ridge Golf Club. Brianna, past recipient of a WSU Facilities Operations freshman scholarship, is a daughter of Chris, a FacOps employee. Nugen also works for FacOps and is FacOps scholarship committee chair.
PULLMAN – Freshmen at Washington State University will benefit from a new, open-to-the-public Hardhat Classic Golf Tournament set for Saturday, Aug. 15, at WSU’s Palouse Ridge Golf Club.
The 18-hole tournament sponsor is WSU Facilities Operations.
In 1995, Facilities Operations established a fund administered by the WSU Foundation to provide scholarships for incoming WSU freshmen who are dependents of a current FacOps employee, a retired employee or of an employee who died while employed at FacOps.
To date, almost $9,000 in scholarships have been awarded based on SAT scores and financial need. A “blind” process assures no favoritism is used in selections, said Ev Davis, WSU associate vice president for Facilities Operations.
The Facilities Operations Scholarship Committee initiated the tournament this year to help raise more funds and increase the size of the scholarships available. From the $135 fee paid by each tournament entrant, $55 — which is tax deductible –will go to the fund. In addition, funds will be raised by sponsorships and auction of donated items during a tournament dinner provided by Banyan’s on the Ridge at the club.
Hole-in-one prizes will be provided by Jess Ford of Pullman on four of the club’s five par 3 holes. The golfer making an ace on the par 3 sixth hole will win a new 2009 Ford Fusion courtesy of Jess Ford. Prizes for the other three par 3 holes will be announced later.
Sponsors, auction item donors and tournament participants are still being solicited, so individuals or businesses interested in participating can visit www.hardhatclassic.com for additional information. Registration deadline is Aug. 7.
“This will be an annual tournament,” said Davis, “providing an opportunity to play on a world-class golf course, enjoy an afternoon of fun and camaraderie while benefiting a worthy cause. Each tournament player, sponsor and auction item donor can have a significant impact on our ability to support the needs of future scholarship winners.”
The tournament features a noon check-in and 1 p.m. shotgun start with a scramble format. Each player will receive golf cart rental, a small bucket of practice balls, bag tag with Palouse Ridge and WSU Cougar logo; yardage book; sleeve of Nike logoed golf balls; tournament towel; hat with the tournament logo and dinner.
For more information or to sign up as a participant, sponsor, or auction item donor visit www.hardhatclassic.com or call 509-335-9024.