Oct. 4, 2005
Cullowhee, N.C. - On Friday, Sept. 30, at High Vista Country Club, the Catamount Club, in conjunction with the Cats "W" Club raised approximately $16,000 at the first Bob Waters Memorial Golf Tournament. The money will go to the Marty Ramsey Summer School Fund, which will allow Catamount student-athletes the opportunity to stay on campus, further their progress towards a degree and workout during the summer sessions.
A total of 88 former Catamounts, supporters and athletic department members made up the field, while 49 hole sponsors and nine corporate sponsors (Tom Apodaca, Bear Lake Reserve, Tobe Childers, Brad Hoover, Phillips & Jordan, Van Stayton, Steve White, Jamie Wilkes Trophies and Norman West) helped make the event a success as well.
"Many thanks to Gus Henry, Steve White and everyone on the committee, as well as our sponsors and especially the participants for making this inaugural event such a success," said Western Carolina University director of athletics Chip Smith. "In addition to the wonderful camaraderie and great golf, this tournament provides us with the opportunity to honor a WCU icon in a way that would make him proud."
This year's turnout has laid the foundation for the Bob Waters Memorial Golf Tournament to become an annual event.
"I really enjoyed being involved and I appreciate all of the volunteers who helped, as well as the assistance of the Catamount Club staff," said organizer and Catamount Club member Gus Henry. "We had a good turnout this year and anticipate many more to come. Many thanks to our corporate sponsors who generously helped make this event a successful venue for the summer school scholarship fund. The best part about the tournament was seeing the Waters family at the awards presentation."
The Marty Ramsey Summer School Fund was established this past summer and about 20 Catamount student-athletes were able to train while taking additional classes to help them be competitive within the Southern Conference and stay on track to graduate.
Western alumni David and Cindi Dingler of Brentwood, Tenn., and Rob and Jane Sales of Savannah, Ga., contributed $5,000 per couple to the new scholarship fund established in honor of Marty Ramsey, former Catamount Club director. Ramsey served as executive director of the Catamount Club from September 1994 until June 2004, when he became director of alumni affairs at Western.
"We gave because of the immediate need for our athletes to be competitive in the Southern Conference," said David Dingler. "I was amazed to learn that we were the only conference school without a summer program for our athletes. The gifts that we have provided will help, but much more support is needed right away."
The Dingler and Sales contributions, combined with other gifts, have pushed the scholarship fund to nearly $20,000 just a few months after it was established, said Bill Richter, executive director of the Catamount Club. The university's athletics fund-raising organization, the Catamount Club has more than 3,200 members.
"The fund will allow Catamount student-athletes to return to campus over the summer, focus on academic class work, and participate in off-season conditioning and training programs," Richter said. "Some of our rivals in the conference have as many as 70 student-athletes registered for summer school classes."
David Dingler is a 1969 graduate of Western, and wife Cindi is a 1971 WCU graduate. Rob Sales graduated from Western in 1969, while wife Jane graduated in 1970.
To contribute to the fund or for more information about the Catamount Club, contact Bill Richter at (828) 227-2530 or via e-mail at email@example.com.