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Registration Now Open for the Western New England University 22nd Annual Golden Bear Athletics Golf Classic

Published: August 27, 2021 | Categories: All News
Tournament golfers at Twin Hills Country Club

The Department of Athletics at Western New England University (WNE) will host the 22nd Annual Golden Bear Athletics Golf Classic at the Twin Hills Country Club in Longmeadow, MA on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. Registration is taking place now through Monday, September 13. The cost for individual participation is $175 per person. Foursomes are welcome.

"The athletics program at Western New England University is an integral part of the institution and to the overall development of the student-athlete," says Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator Lori Mayhew-Wood who is organizing this event. "Division III athletes compete at their own expense without the benefit of scholarships. Proceeds from the Classic will directly benefit student-athletes who compete in 20 varsity sports." In addition, the University offers an intramural program that reaches the entire campus community. This tournament will help ensure their athletic experience.

The tournament will be a scramble format on a championship course at Twin Hills Country Club. Golf carts will be provided on the beautiful facilities with practice greens and a driving range. Competitions during the day will include closest to the pin, straightest drive, and longest drive. There will also be mulligan tickets, a raffle, and a putting contest throughout the day.

Each year the Classic honors outstanding individuals who have made a positive impact on Western New England University and the Athletics family. This year's honoree will be Western New England University President Robert E. Johnson.

Dr. Johnson joined the Golden Bear Family in August 2020 as the University's sixth President, charged with leading the institution as it embarks on its second century. He has been successful in guiding the University community through the COVID-19 pandemic while still providing the best academic and athletic experience possible. His unyielding belief in higher education as a public good and as a path for transforming individual lives has led him to dedicate his 30-year career to preparing students to adapt and succeed in a dynamic future—one where jobs as we know them may no longer exist, career mobility is the norm, and individuals are responsible for continuously adding and creating new value.

"College athletics programs promote school spirit and unity, which allow students to take pride in and feel connected to their institutions," said Dr. Johnson. "Students who participate as student-athletes glean critical life lessons they will apply as leaders in their professions and communities such as sportsmanship, time management, and interaction with diverse groups. Their athletics endeavors enrich and augment the education they receive inside the classroom. Now, more than ever, it is essential that we protect and preserve the resources to ensure continuity of these opportunities." The cocktail reception and luncheon honoring Dr. Johnson will take place upon tournament completion.

For more information and registration or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit the WNE Golden Bear website.