A&M International's 'Dusty' Golf Tournament Swings for Dreams

Texas A&M International University's annual 'Dusty' Golf Tournament has helped students like María Isabel Cantú reach their higher education dreams through six years of events benefiting the University's General Scholarship Fund.

Cantú, a native of Uvalde, said scholarships have opened new doors to her future.

"Scholarships have made it possible for me to pursue a career in computer information systems," Cantú said.

Another student, John David Rodríguez, a native of Carrizo Springs, said scholarships will help him reach his goal of attending medical school.

Christopher Ramírez, a native of Laredo, thanked scholarship supporters for their generosity.

"I'm very fortunate to benefit from the scholarship support provided by donors," he said.

Also, Mike Herrera, a native of Laredo, said, scholarships have opened new opportunities for him.

"My scholarships were the first steps to making my dreams a reality," he said.

Likewise, Astrid Hinojosa, also of Laredo, said, "Thanks to the scholarship from A&M International, my education in social work is expanding my horizons."

This year's 6th Annual Tournament will feature a "Par-Tee" on Friday, April 27 from 5-9:30 p.m. at the Lake Casa Blanca Golf Course Clubhouse. The Par-Tee is designed to offer golfers and nongolfers a chance to support the Tournament and the A&M International General Scholarship Fund through skills contests, a silent auction and a reception.

The Tournament will begin Saturday at 7 a.m. A second tee-off is set at 1 p.m.

Tournament sponsors to date include: Arguindegui Oil Co., Allstate Moreno Insurance Agency, Barnes & Noble Bookstores, Borderplex AreaWide Phonebook, Cadbeck Staffing, Cingular Wireless, AEP-CP&L, CONOCO, Deutsch & Deutsch, Geo Mortgage, Golden Corral, HEB, International Bank of Commerce, Laredo National Bank, Mercy Health Plans, Paul Young AutoMall, Powell Watson Motors, Proviron, Reliant Energy, South Texas Chiropractic and Wright and Associates.

For further information, please contact Lisa Morales, tournament coordinator, at 326-2175 or visit offices in the Killam Library, room 262. 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