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Delta Phi Hosts Successful Golf Tourney

Delta Phi alumnus advisor Bill Nash, Delta Phi brother Cole Daniel ’16, and Daniel’s parents at the tournament.

The men of Delta Phi at Jacksonville State staged another successful gold tournament in memory of KA brother Steve Smith (Delta Phi–Jacksonville State ’85) and his 21-year-old daughter, Sydney, who died tragically in a 2016 auto accident in Roswell, Georgia. The tournament, held at Pine Hill Country Club in Anniston, Alabama on Sunday, August 26th, raised $2,380 for the Steve and Sydney Smith Scholarship Fund.

“We had a total of 48 golfers,” said Trea Mounier ’09, Delta Phi’s Number II. “It was a mix of active members of KA, alumni, parents, and a few people who were not associated with us that just wanted to play. The majority of the players were alumni and friends of Steve Smith.”

Most of the men of the chapter participated in staging the event, with some of them playing as well. This was the second year for the tournament, which Mounier said the chapter now considers an annual event. “It was difficult to pull off, but not as difficult as it was last year,” he said, as the first year of any event like this has a learning curve. “But having a successful tournament last year really helped things go a lot smoother this year, so the possible complicating factor of school starting up around the same time didn’t play a big role. And the weather was perfect for 18 holes of golf!”

More than a dozen local companies and organizations sponsored holes, and the men set up signs on the holes with the logos and names of the companies and organizations. And even though the prizes were won by non-KA affiliated golfers, the cause still benefitted. “We had a few spectators, including some members of our university’s sororities and some parents who came out to support us. We gave away $700 worth of prizes for 1st and 2nd place, and we also had a ‘longest drive’ and ‘closest to the pin’ competition, giving Callaway hats to the winners of those two competitions.”

 

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