Cardinal Open Golf Tournament Celebrates 18 Years of Raising Scholarship Funds
Golfers in New York’s Capital District will hit the links again to raise funds for the Capital District Scholarship Endowment Friday, June 1 at the Van Patten Golf Club, Clifton Park.
“The Cardinal Open was started by and is still made possible because of dedicated alumni volunteers, sponsors and contributors,” said Kerry Chapin-Lavigne, director of alumni relations at SUNY Plattsburgh.
“The tournament wouldn’t be possible without the support of everyone who participates each year. We have several alumni who have made this an annual event, including members of the Delta Kappa Delta fraternity.”
Way to Give Back
Now in its 18th year, the golf outing began when a group of Albany-area alumni wanted to give back to the college and support students attending SUNY Plattsburgh from the area. Since its inception, the tournament has raised more than $106,000.
“This scholarship has benefitted 26 students from the Capital District who have or are attending SUNY Plattsburgh,” Chapin-Lavigne said.
The shotgun-start tournament begins with 7:30 a.m. registration. A barbecue buffet lunch and award ceremony begin at 2 p.m. The basic tournament package is $135 and includes green fees, a cart, golf bag valet drop-off, snacks on the turn and the buffet lunch. The tournament patron level of $250 includes the above plus on-the-course signage and recognition in the tournament program. The sponsorship package for four players is $600 and includes the above.
Non-golfers can enjoy the buffet for $35.
“I can’t think of a better cause than helping to provide scholarship support to students,” Chapin-Lavigne said. “A day of fun on the course can turn into a positive impact on students for life.”