Golf fundraiser garners $18,500 for NWIC athletics

Northwest Indian College’s 10th Annual Big Drive for Education Golf Scramble raised $18,505 for student athletics and athletic programming – that’s up from last year’s Golf Scramble, which brought in $17,000. Money was raised through a combination of team sponsorship, tee sponsors and raffle sales.

Ten teams participated in the event this year, held Sept. 14 at the North Bellingham Golf Course in Bellingham, Wash.

“It was a great day, the weather was nice and we saw some great golf shots,” said Greg Masten, director of NWIC’s Development Office, which organized the event. “Congratulations to the winning golf teams.”

Two first place trophies were awarded this year, the Champion Cup, awarded to the tournament’s overall winning team, and the Travelling Rez Cup, which was awarded to the first place team from a participating tribe or casino.

The Champion Cup went to the team sponsored by the Lummi Indian Business Council, represented by golfers Jeremiah Julius, Carl Lane, Carl Johnson and Angelo Jefferson.

This year’s Traveling Rez Cup was the Swinomish Casino, represented by golfers Charlie Edwards, Bryan Wilbur, Bruce James and Danny Rapada.

The event was supported by 24 volunteers from both NWIC’s men’s and women’s basketball teams, five coaches and NWIC’s athletics director, Krista Mahle.

“We are very grateful to all of the sponsors, volunteers, staff and participants that came out in support of our students at this year’s Golf Scramble,” Masten said. “We hope next year will be even better.”