CANTON - The Masters is widely considered as the most popular and watched golf tournament of the year. Players from all over the world come to Augusta National in Augusta, Georgia to show off their skills and most importantly win that historic green jacket that puts them in a special golfing fraternity.
Well up here in the North Country, SUNY Canton is trying to bring some of that same excitement and entertainment to the local community.
The Senior Applied Sports Event Management Class at SUNY Canton will be conducting the 2nd Annual Tee Off Classic Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 25th at the Partridge Run Golf and Country Club in Canton (11a.m. start).
The entry fee is $60.00 per player and a Captain and Crew format will be used. Teams of four may be all male, all female, or mixed. Mixed teams will be flighted in men’s categories. The fee includes golf/cart fees, participant gifts and gift bag, hot dog lunch, dinner at the course after play, and prize give-a-ways. Entry forms must be received by April 15th but teams can pay the day of the tournament.
Diane Para is a Program Director and Professor of Sports Management at the college and it is her class that puts together this event. “Putting on events like this deepens the students learning and understanding of the sports event and management business” said Para. “This golf tournament is their senior cap stone project and makes up for a big part of their grade in the course”.
Networking is an essential part of developing and growing in any career and Para believes the students can network with sports management professionals at this event. “An event like this provides the students with unique networking experiences with prospective employers and other professionals in the sports management business” said Para.
The Senior Applied Sports Management course at Canton builds on the fundamentals of sports event management learned in the lower level 300 course of Sports Event Management. Students in the Applied Sports Management course are responsible for the total management of a major sporting event available to the public at large. “The students don’t get to use anything from last year’s event” said Para. “They must start from scratch and come up with everything themselves for this year’s event but a good thing is last year’s tournament was a great success”.
Professor Para has also been amazed at the kind of support the surrounding community and businesses have shown towards this event.
“I think businesses and organizations appreciate the fact that the students are out there and that the tournament is a capstone learning project and it is their show. Their engagement and generosity has been a critical factor not only in the success of the tournaments but in the learning process as well”.
One of the senior leaders for this year’s project is Logan McDougall, who understands that organization is essential in putting on an event like this. “Organization is a huge component of running a successful event, in order for use to be successful, everyone needs to know their tasks and when they need to be done” said McDougall. “An important thing to remember in events like this is to expect anything and we have to be able to respond to any situation that we are faced with.”
Last year’s event was a big success according to McDougall and him and his classmates are looking to put on another great show. “One thing we learned from the event last year is that we needed to make sure we give our participants a valuable and memorable experience” said McDougall. “It is our goal to follow up with one this year that is just as successful if not more”.
One way the senior class is looking to make this year’s event better than last is changing up the tournament which allows for more golfers to take home some kind of money according to Professor Para. Some of the events that will be included in to golf tournament this year are things like a $500 putting contest, Par 3 Poker, and a shootout contest for cash just to name a few events.
This year’s event, just like last year’s, will be played at Partridge Run Golf course in Canton. McDougall and his classmates really appreciate the kind of work and preparation the staff at Partridge Run put in to help out in events like this. “Partridge Run Golf Course, thanks to (Partridge Run Golf Course Club Pro) Kevin Maginn and his staff, is one of the best courses to play in the local area. It always seems to be in great shape throughout the whole season due to their extremely hard work” said McDougall. “Partridge Run rivals any of the prestigious courses nearby such as Malone Golf Club, Whiteface Clubs in Lake Placid, and Saranac Inn in Saranac Lake.” McDoguall went on to say that Maginn and his staff support the SUNY Canton golf tournament full blown. “Without Kevin’s support in this process, there is no way that this tournament could be held, so we can’t thank him enough” said McDougall.
The Sports Event Management major at SUNY Canton has only been around for about five years but students like McDougall have seen a steady increase in interest over the past few years. “The Sports Management program here at Canton is one that has drawn a lot of attention in recent years” said McDougall. “The program offers numerous hands-on learning experiences which help us in the field when we decide to begin our careers”. Another positive about this program at Canton is the feeling of belonging according to McDougall. “The Sports Management community here at Canton is very tight knit where everyone knows everyone and we feel that is very important in this field”.
The interest in the program is surely going to grow with events such as this and McDougall believes the interest will continue to grow over the next coming years. “Dr. Para and (Sports Media Professor) Matthew Metcalf do an excellent job in making sure that we succeed and push up to our fullest potential. It makes being in a program like this much more enjoyable and valuable when you have people that want you to do well” said McDougall. “With the sports management field constantly growing, we feel that the program will continue to grow because of how big of an industry sports, at all levels, has become in society”.
Again this year Renzi Brothers out of Watertown is a major corporate sponsor. Tournament sponsors include Victory Promotions, Kevin Maginn Golf Academy, and Mike Para from Houston, Texas. Hole sponsors include: Kunoco Oil, Blevins Motor Group, Nationwide Insurance, Seacomm Federal Credit Union, Gray’s Wholesale, Inc, Adirondack Rustic Store, Save a Lot, North Country Savings Bank, The Hoot Owl, and West Gate Terrace Apartment.
To find out more information about the event, go to partriderungolf.com/events.