Phi Mu tees off to benefit children

March 31, 2010

by Kelly Belton

Phi Mu Sorority hosted its 9th annual golf tournament Saturday at Frenchman’s Bend Country Club in Monroe. Sixteen teams competed in a four-man scramble to raise money for Phi Mu’s national philanthropy, Children’s Miracle Network.

Caitlin Jandegian, event chair for Phi Mu and a senior environmental science major, said the money raised Saturday will benefit Arkansas Children’s Hospital since it is the nearest children’s hospital.

“We raised $10,000 last year,” Jandegian said. “This year we’re hoping to match that.”

For nine years, local golfers have become accustomed to the annual fundraiser.

“We have people calling us around this time of year asking about the fundraiser,” Jandegian said. “It appeals to people from Ruston and Monroe.”

Jandegian said holding the event in Monroe allows for a greater outreach to people in this region.

“My parents came from New Orleans,” she said. “People come from pretty far to golf in this tournament.”

Colt Bothel, a senior construction engineering major, has been golfing for four or five years. He said he was excited about competing in the tournament.

“It’s fun to go out with your friends and have fun for a while,” he said. “You don’t have to worry about work or school.”

Bothel also said the cost of the tournament is worth the cause it supports.

Will Baker, a senior supply chain management major, said he and his four teammates feel comfortable supporting Phi Mu’s efforts.

“The price we pay is a minimal amount for the good it does,” he said.
Frenchman’s Bend golf pro Jason Hurd said he is proud to host Phi Mu’s annual event because the tournament is a win-win for the sorority and Frenchman’s Bend.

“It certainly helps us get people out here to showcase the course,” he said. “Phi Mu gets to raise money for their philanthropies.”

Hurd said the sorority makes it easy for them to host the event.
“The Phi Mu girls are very organized, and they come here ready to go,” he said.
“We just want to thank them.”