The Colonel Cup participants pose for a group photo at the University Club at Arlington’s golf course. Photo Credit: Photo Submitted

Eastern’s PGA Golf Management (PGM) program hosted its annual Colonel Cup at the University Club at Arlington golf course. The event featured 64 players in teams of 16 who played 36 holes between Friday and Saturday.

This year, senior PGM Student Association President Craig Hicks decided to “Go Gold” with the tournament and raise money for childhood cancer. All proceeds and donations are going to the Go Gold Fund, which has been raising money for childhood cancer since 1977.

Businesses and individuals donated money to the cause, and by tee time on Friday over $600 had been raised. As of Tuesday, Nov. 3, the tournament had raised more than $1,200.

All participants wore gold shirts Friday to show their support for the cause. Golf was secondary to fundraising this weekend. The big take-away was that sports can impact the lives of those in need much more than by the actions made on the field, the court or in this case, the course.

The tournament itself has been around since the start of our PGM program,” said Matt Michalak, the tournament director for PGM. “It was just a good idea we had about a month back to really incorporate something else. So this weekend, golf is really secondary to what we’re doing here.”

Hicks said he got the idea from a similar foundation.

“Richmond International Raceway did a similar thing,” Hicks said. “Jeff Gordon, who is in his final season, has the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation and it’s huge in helping children with pediatric cancer. They went gold for his final race and that is where I got the idea from them. I brought it back and everyone jumped on board with it.”

Hicks also expressed how much this meant to him.

“We work hard on our golf games and try and get better, but we’re so fortunate to have that opportunity because the real winners in this event are the kids,” Hicks said. “It brings joy to all of us to know a child’s life and their family is going to be touched by this event for years to come.”