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WWU Football/Alumni 2015 Bring Back WWU Football Golf Classic

The WWU Football/Alumni 2015 Bring Back WWU Football Golf Classic will be held on Friday, July 10th at 1 pm at Avalon Golf Links in Skagit County.

The cost is $125 if you register now, and $140 if you pay on the day of the tournament.

We have set up our online store to accept your registration and payment of tournament fees.

Number of Golfers
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Golf Classic Tournament guidelines:

  • Format is Scramble
  • We are playing on the West and North nines
  • Men play from the green tees, Women play from the purple tees
  • Each team will need to designate a team captain for a short meeting prior to teeing off
  • Each player on the team tees off from the tee box. The team members select the best tee shot of the four, and ALL golfers then play their second shot from that location.
  • Play is continued in this manner until the hole is completed. After the hole is completed, the team score is recorded and play continues under the same guidelines on the remaining holes.
  • Teams must use a minimum of (3) drives per player
  • Each player may use (2) mulligans over their round, (1) on front nine, (1) on back nine


Do you have an item or prize you would like to donate to the field this year? Contact Golf Classic Event Coordinator Gary Grim or Kevin Beason to make a donation! You can join the growing list of sponsors by making a gift in kind.

Become a Sponsor

Sponsorship opportunities are available at the following levels:

Title Sponsor: $1,000

Tournament recognition using your name on all tournament literature, special sign recognition, golf and carts for (4)

Corporate Sponsor: $500

Tournament recognition using your name on all tournament literature, special sign recognition, golf and carts for (2)

Hole Sponsor Football Foursome: $600

Sponsor's name on a sign placed at tee box and stratigic locations on course, including driving range, putting greens, sand traps and water hazards, golf and carts for (4)

Hole Sponsor with Golf: $250

Sponsor's name on a sign placed at tee box and stratigic locations on course, including driving range, putting greens, sand traps and water hazards, golf and cart for (1)

Hole Sponsor: $150

Sponsor's name on a sign placed at tee box and stratigic locations on course, including driving range, putting greens, sand traps and water hazards

Returning Hole Sponsor: $125

Sponsor's name on a sign placed at tee box and stratigic locations on course, including driving range, putting greens, sand traps and water hazards

Peter Rynders Memorial Hole Sponsorship :$10 minimum

Donate to provide a perpetual hole sponsorship in the memory of our dear departed friend, Peter Rynders

Prize Donation: Varies

A prize donation with recognition at awards dinner

Sponsorship Level
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Inside the Decision to Reinstate Football at the U. of Alabama at Birmingham

by Lee Gardner

The University of Alabama at Birmingham's about-face is a lesson in how much today's college leaders must balance decisiveness and transparency.

Last December the president of the University of Alabama at Birmingham announced that he was eliminating the university’s football program.

On Monday, after months of uproar and objections from students, alumni, and other supporters, Ray L. Watts reversed his decision and said he would reinstate the team.

What happened between those two announcements serves as an object lesson in the competing financial priorities of college sports and higher education, and the degree to which university leaders must balance decisiveness with openness.

On paper, shutting down the team made perfect sense. As part of drawing up a strategic plan for athletics, the university last year commissioned a financial analysis of its 18 NCAA Division I programs. The analysis projected that if UAB kept football and supported the program to an extent that would keep it competitive, the athletics department would run a deficit of $25.3 million by the 2019 fiscal year. (The overwhelming majority of college-football teams are not self-supporting, much less profitable.) Without football, the university’s other athletics programs were projected to break even for the next five years.

President Watts said in an interview that the university had doubled its annual support for athletics over the past decade, from about $10 million a year to about $20 million, while outside fund raising had remained steady at about $3 million a year. Mr. Watts said he refused to take even more of the university’s money away from its academic and health-care missions to support the football program.

He said he believed that it would have been "disruptive" to lay out the financial challenge for a public discussion, and that it would have been unfair to put prospective players and coaches and their families "in limbo for six to 12 months while we tried to figure this out." So he made a decision.

On December 2 he announced that the university would discontinue the football team, as well as the rifle and bowling teams. Upon leaving a meeting with players and coaches, he was surrounded by a mob of angry protesters.

A Cultural Polestar

The UAB Blazers went 6-6 in 2014, and that was the team’s best season in a decade. Annual attendance at Blazers games averaged about 21,000 last year, compared with the more than 101,000 fans who turn out, on average, for the University of Alabama flagship’s fabled Crimson Tide. But UAB's students, its alumni, and many in the local community were outraged that Mr. Watts had shut down the team.

College football is a cultural polestar below the Mason-Dixon Line. According to Michael F. Adams, president emeritus of the University of Georgia, "There’s a sense in the South, and maybe especially in Alabama, that if you don’t have a football program, you’re not a real university."

Mr. Watts and the university got an earful from protesters and through social media, but he said that "reasonable voices" from among the institution’s constituencies asked three things of him. They wanted to commission an independent study of the athletics program’s economics. They wanted to try to raise enough money to cover the projected budgetary shortfalls. And they wanted to have a voice in whatever decision about the program might arise after the study was finished.

The independent study, completed in mid-May, managed to chop some money off the projected expenses for football, but Mr. Watts said it essentially confirmed the unpromising outlook of the first report. Saving the program would require $17.2 million to cover projected operating deficits over the next five years, and $13 million for a new practice field and football-operations building.

UAB sports boosters "rose to the occasion," Mr. Watts said, with a "broad base of support never before seen." By the last week of May, almost all of the money needed to cover expenses had been committed, along with about $2.6 million of the funds for construction. On Monday he announced that the three teams would be reinstated, though the university would not field a football team for the 2015 season.

But last Friday, before going public, he met with representatives of the concerned constituencies and laid out the revised financial projection and the fund-raising progress, and gathered their input. He also reiterated that the university would not dedicate any more of its money to athletics. Given a flat state budget, limited federal research grants, and all the changes in health-care costs, any additional money for football would have to come out of the university’s academic, research, and health-care priorities, he told them, and "we were not going to do that."

Long-Term Challenge

Mr. Watts also reminded those at the meeting that there was still work to be done. Most of the millions needed to update the football facilities have to be raised. But he is confident that the support is there, and that the money will be too. "We’re not going into this half baked," he said. "We’re going into this to be successful."

Mr. Adams said the success of a revived UAB football team could be a "short-term victory." The outpouring of love and support for the Blazers when the team was cut is laudable, he said. But Division I football isn’t getting any cheaper, and the donors who have come forward are "going to have to come up with a fairly significant amount of money every year to play at the level that UAB wants to play." The long-term challenge, he added, is putting in place a funding source that can sustain the program into the future.

Mr. Watts needs to be very clear with everyone concerned that "a miracle solution hasn’t been provided," said Teresa Valerio Parrot,a consultant who works in crisis communication for universities. He must also win back the trust of "campus constituents who don’t feel like they were included the first time," she said. And one of the best ways to do that is to consider more inclusive decision- making processes so that "nobody can say that they felt that they were blindsided."

Mr. Watts is happy to glimpse the end of a turbulent, sometimes painful period and "come out on the other side with a great outcome."

In hindsight, he acknowledged that the decision, and its announcement, could have been handled better.

He has learned, he said, that in the future he’d "rather have the turbulence of discussing it openly and getting our hands around the problem and trying to come up with a solution."

Lee Gardner writes about the management of colleges and universities, higher-education marketing, and assorted other topics. Follow him on Twitter @_lee_g, or email him at

What is included with
my registration fee?

The tournament fee includes two meals, round of golf, cart, and a bunch of extras!
You receive:

  • Boxed lunch prior to the round (Hoagie, chips, cookie or candy bar, and water)
  • 18 holes of golf (green fees)
  • Cart
  • Unlimited range balls
  • Scoring
  • Field Prize (a sleeve of ‘Bring Back WWU Football’ golf balls)
  • 3 drink tickets
  • Dinner after the round (Pulled pork on Kaiser roll, green salad, cole slaw, beans, brownie, iced tea)
  • *no-host bar @ dinner for those that want to partake
  • Q&A Session with our guest host

SE Dimitri Ancira (34) makes a spectacular, acrobatic catch on the sideline for a big gain.
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The 2009 WWU Viking football team perform their 'Rotary Bowl Shuffle' following their win vs. the Colorado School of Mines.
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Schedule and Meals


  • 11:00 am to 1:15 pm – Check in, driving range/putting green warm up, view raffle items, mingle with golfers
  • 1:00 pm – team captains meeting at tournament facility
  • 1:15 pm – load up in carts, cruise to team’s designated hole
  • 1:30 pm – grip it and and rip it!

After completion of round

  • Captains please submit your team scorecard to pro-shop
  • Return to tournament facility for Dinner
    • Q&A with our guest host
    • Awarding of tee prizes and prize giveaway - must enter to win


Box Lunch prior to the round

  • Hoagie sandwich
  • Chips
  • Cookie
  • Water

Dinner after completion of round

  • Pulled Pork on fresh Kaiser
  • Green Salad
  • Creamy coleslaw
  • Slow cooked baked beans
  • Homemade brownie
  • Avalon sweet tea