Student Group Auctions Performance during "Dusty's" Golf Tourney

Laura Rodriguez, a junior Spanish and communication double major at Texas A&M International University, has excelled both in academics and extra-curricular activities on campus.

While juggling 15 semester hours every semester, Rodriguez, aUniversity scholarship recipient, has also managed to stay active in theUniversity's dance group, Ballet Folklórico; the Student GovernmentAssociation while working with the University's student employment program.

Her scholarship has helped her keep active academically. "I receive financial aid but the scholarship has helped me with mytuition and books," Rodriguez said, "It's because of this that I've beenable to take so many classes."

Rodriguez and Ballet Foklorico members will now give back to theirUniversity community by auctioning a 15-minute-long presentation at the 5th Annual Dusty's Golf Tournament, scheduled for April 28-29 at the Lake Casa Blanca Golf Course.

The annual Tournament raises funds for the University's GeneralScholarship Fund.

Included in this year's tournament prizes are a shot at winning $1million as well as a Rolex watch and new cars, said Lisa Morales, directorof development.

"The Dusty Golf Tournament, over the years, has become a popularevent for education supporters to come and enjoy their favorite sport while meeting students whose futures will be positively changed thanks to their contribution," Morales said, "Whether you're a beginner or a veteran golfer, we encourage everyone to grab your favorite golf bags and join a great cause this April."

The Tournament format will be a three-person scramble, teeing offin groups of six. Competition will be held in Championship, A,B,C,D, andLadies Flights.

Teams will be flighted and handicapped by the Tournament directors.Individual entrants will be placed on teams prior to being flighted. Teamand handicap assignments are the sole responsibility of the Tournamentdirectors.

As usual, this year's event will start with a reception and SilentAuction on Friday, April 28, scheduled for 5-9 p.m. At this time, playersmay register and receive their tee times for Saturday's Tournament on afirst come, first served basis.

During the event, there will be various skill contests such asputting, chipping, pitching, sand bunker and approach shot. Contestantsmay vie for a new car, awarded to any participant winning all five contests.

At the Saturday, April 29 Tournament, play will commence at 7:30a.m., with afternoon groups beginning at 1 p.m. All players will beflighted and trophies and gift certificates will be awarded to the first,second, and third place teams in each flight.

A special award, which should allow the team to be more competitivein future events, will be presented to the team in each flight that findsthis Tournament the most challenging.

The day will be capped off by an Awards Banquet immediatelyfollowing the end of Tournament play. A door prize drawing will beconducted during the Awards Banquet.

Registration fee includes a golf cart and green fees; gift pack;Friday evening reception; continental breakfast, lunch, and Awards Banqueton Saturday.

All winners from the skills contests get their name placed in adrawing for a one-time Hole-In-One shot at winning $1 million at Hole 18.

For further information on Tournament registration, or howto sponsor the event, please contact Richard McCoy, golf tournament coordinator, at 326-2167. Information may also be obtained by visiting theUniversity's Web site at or by e-mail at

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