The 2011 Menlo College Athletics Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser came and went, ending as a smashing success with the event reaching newer and greater heights. This year there were a record 124 golfers, including 28 Menlo Alumni, the most in the Tournament's 11 year history. "Our goal is to increase that number each year," commented Administrative Manager of Athletics and Co-Tournament Director Kathy Imwalle. "It's a great way for our Alumni to stay connected with the Athletic Department." The remarkable turnout was also felt with the record number of tee sign sponsors, tripling the previous high with 85 this year.
For the first time ever, the Tournament took place at Coyote Creek Golf Club and with the help of the Club's fantastic and very accommodating staff, it ran without a hitch. Keeping up with the theme of bringing new elements to the fundraiser, the Athletics Department had each sports team become more involved by making them responsible for a hole on the course. According to Imwalle, the teams, "Provided entertainment, contests, and giveaways to the golfers are they passed through each hole. We also had many student-athletes at the course to help out and interact with the golfers."
The new strategy definitely paid dividends as a number of golfers benefited from the innovative layout. "I really enjoyed the interactive parts of course," remarked golfer George Sigigie who has played in at least a half dozen of the previous Menlo Tournaments. "With these types of events, having things to entertain the golfers passing through was a big positive. I would encourage that for next year."
Another unique addition introduced in the 2011 version of the Tournament Fundraiser, was an exhilarating putting contest to go along with the 18 holes of "Four Player Scramble" style of play. The contest began before the golfers' 12:30 start time, and participants had a chance to win $5000. Dino Siotos came up just short in the final round, but the excitement promises to carry over to next year's competition. As far as the Tournament itself is concerned, for the third straight year Ted and the aforementioned Dino Siotos took part in the winning foursome. They were joined with John Siotos and Markus Tarling who took home the title for the first time at Coyote Creek.
Overall the day, which featured the putting contest, a stirring round of 18, and a night of dinner and awards can only be characterized as first class. The entire Athletic Department would like to thank all of our sponsors, donors, raffle prize donors, and golfers for making this our best tournament to date and we are already looking forward to next year's event.