Friendly competition among Brothers certainly doesnt end at graduation. The third annual Watts Gunn Memorial Golf Tournament gave Alumni from across the country the chance to talk a little trash before the first tee box at the beautiful Bulle Rock Golf Course in Havre de Grace, MD.
After a hearty breakfast in the Bulle Rock Clubhouse, teams of four made their way around the links. A mild morning gave way to a humid, sunny afternoon that dried out the course and sped up the greens for the remainder of the round.
The challenging course conquered some of the Chi Phi Actives and staff, but the Alumni teams battled their way further under par to a dramatic finish. After 18 holes, the Educational Trust team came out on top of the leaderboard at six under par, nearly breaking the spirit of the Grand Council Team. Brothers Chris Shuler, Alpha Zeta 1984; Mike Dever, Eta 1978; Eric Pittman, Alpha Zeta 1993; and Dave Skelton, Omega 1980; earned top honors and the Watts Gunn Memorial Trophy.
“We had a great time beating the Grand Council this year,” said Brother Dave Skelton, Omega 1980. “Now they have a year to spend on the driving range or finding a ringer before next years tournament. But what’s really important is that we added additional funds to the Total Membership Education Fund and can support another College of Excellence.”
The winning trophy was presented at the annual Chi Phi Leadership Dinner aboard the Spirit of Baltimore, along with other top honors from the day. Brother Billy Brown, Iota 2015 won the longest drive contest and Brother Chris Moskal, Eta Theta 2006 won the closest to the pin contest.
The annual Watts Gunn Memorial Golf Tournament has raised over $75,000 for leadership training programs including the College of Excellence over the past three years thanks to the generosity of sponsors. The Chi Phi Educational Trust thanks OmegaFi and Vital Solutions Inc. for their unmatched support in 2013.
The Chi Phi Educational Trust also sends great thanks to Alliance Bernstein Global Wealth Management, Psi, Eta Theta and Alpha Delta Alumni Associations, as well as the Chi Phi Grand Council and Central Payment for their generous support of this year’s tournament. Hundreds of Chi Phi Brothers across the nation see the direct impact of these sponsors each year at leadership training programs.
The 4th annual Watts Gunn Memorial Golf Tournament will take place in Austin, Texas on June 26, 2014. The Grand Council team has sworn they will get their revenge on the Educational Trust in the Lone Star state! Start finding the best Alumni and Active golfers to represent your Chapter in 2014.
2013 Watts Gunn Sponsors
Vital Solutions, Inc.
Alpha Delta Alumni Association
Bernstein Global Wealth Management
Chi Phi Grand Council
Eta Theta Alumni Association
Psi Alumni Association