Jul 17, 2018
Guymon, Okla. – Oklahoma Panhandle State University faithful came out in full force this past weekend to support the 2019 Belly Open Golf Tournament, the main fundraiser for Aggie Athletics. The two-day event featured the Sunset Social –with dinner, music, dancing and silent auction – on Friday at the Pickle Creek Events Center, as well as a Friday Skins Game and Saturday golf tournament at the Sunset Hills Golf Course.
The tournament day featured not only golf, but several contests: longest drive, closest to the pin, putting skills and 50/50 challenges, to name a few. The Silent Auction items ranged from tickets and hotel for two to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas (courtesy of Derek Blanton and the Alexis Park All-Suites Resort), two tickets and hotel for a Colorado Rockies game (courtesy of Atlas), pizza-a-month- for one year (courtesy of Pizza Hut in Guymon), a fan experience to be a part of Aggies’ football official travel party to rival Langston this September, as well as other items, gift certificates and vouchers too numerous to mention!
“We truly appreciate and value all of our community partners who support the mission of Panhandle State,” President Dr. Tim Faltyn said. “Events like the Belly Open bring together our great staff of coaches and support personnel, with a literal army of family, friends and boosters all with the common thread of being invested in this University and the lives of our student-athletes.
“While we do many great things here at Panhandle State, it’s the people who make this such a special place.”
The golf tourney itself included 19 teams of four (and some who just participated in Friday’s Skins Game). Also, many others who may not be golfers supported the Aggies by coming to the Sunset Social, which has grown in its reputation for a very full and entertaining evening. The Sunset Social dinner (as well as Saturday’s lunch for golfers) was provided by Hunny’s, refreshments courtesy of Pub on the Bricks and some toe-tapping music was performed by 12 Gauge.
“I would personally like to say ‘thank you’ to not just the participants, but also to businesses and individuals who donated silent auction items, food and drinks, and cash sponsorships,” OPSU Director of Athletics Meghan Mulcahy reflected. “It is so encouraging for me, as the department head, to see so many people come together for a good time and all with the purpose of strengthening our athletics program. “
Next year’s Belly Open is tentatively set for July 10-12, 2020 at the Sunset Hills G.C.
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