8th Annual TAMIU Alumni Association Golf Tournament Benefiting Scholarships April 25-26 at Casa Blanca

Golfers will be able to get in the swing of things and help support student scholarships at Texas A&M International University at the TAMIU Alumni Association Golf Tournament scheduled Friday and Saturday, April 25-26 at the Lake Casa Blanca Golf Course.

The 2003 Tournament benefits the TAMIU General Scholarship Fund, said tournament director Lance Noble, Golf Coach with the University's Athletics Department.

The Tournament format is a three-person scramble with two tee off times, 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. On Friday, April 25, from 5-9:30 p.m., golfers, their friends, event sponsors and organizers can participate in a reception and silent auction as well as a variety of skill contests, Jones said.

"Friday is a fun time for golfers, spouses, friends and partners to join in putting, chipping, sandbunker, wedge and approach contests. Contest winners are entered into a drawing for one shot at a $1 million prize," Coach Noble noted.

Early bird entry fee is $125 per player if received before April 11, 2003 and $175 thereafter. Team entry early bird fee is $375 prior to April 11 and $450 thereafter. Entry fee includes golf cart and green fees, gift pack with shirt, cap and golfing accessories and breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Awards Banquet.

The University is encouraging all members of the Alumni Association, including graduates of TAMIU and the former Texas A&I University at Laredo and Laredo State University, to attend and participate in the event.

Current sponsors for the Tournament include:

Beryllium Sponsor -Mercy Health Plans

Graphite Sponsor - Borderplex Area-Wide Phone Book, The Laredo National Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Commerce Bank and South Texas National Bank.

Other businesses, organizations or individuals interested in supporting or participating in the Tournament can contact Silvia Jones in the University's Office of Institutional Advancement at 326.2168 or email jones@tamiu.edu.

Noble said the University's Men's Golf Team and Women's Golf Team, led by Coach Sandra Forrestier, will assist in the Tournament.

"We're looking forward to meeting our local golfers who support student scholarships and letting them meet the members of both teams that launched this semester," he said, " I know this is one of the area's most popular and well-presented Tournaments and we are looking forward to being a part of this great tradition."

Golfers seeking information about rules or contests can contact Noble at the University at 326.2893.

University office hours are from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Journalists who need additional information or help with media requests and interviews should contact the Office of Public Affairs and Information Services at pais@tamiu.edu