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A Swinging Success: USU Alumni Golf Tournament Supports Scholarships

Big Blue at the 2016 Golf Tournament











Golfers Rob Vigil and Jeremy Firken, from Centurylink, at the USU Alumni Golf Tournament with Big Blue.

USU Credit Union, a division of Goldenwest, provided key support as a partner in the tournament with title sponsorship contributed by Young Automotive Group.In late August, 144 golfers from across Utah gathered to compete in the Utah State University Alumni Association Golf Tournament in an effort to raise money for student scholarships and alumni programs at USU.

Two formats were available for play, Best Ball and Scramble. The grand-prize winning team of the Best Ball category earned a spot at the Acura College Alumni Team Championship in October at the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina. Players representing USU at the Acura College Alumni Team Championship are Spencer Jones, Brennan Wright, James Bullington and Jed Rammell from Bailey’s Moving and Storage.

Taking home the title of Scramble winner was the Slaymaker Group, represented by Scott Slaymaker, Mark Andersen, Matt Zullo and Ryan Hyde.

“The tournament gets better each year,” said David Clark, associate vice president for advancement and alumni relations at USU. “Our sponsors are integral to the success of the tournament and participants enjoyed a great day of golfing and networking on the beautiful Ogden Country Club golf course.”

Tournament sponsors also included Liberty Mutual, R & O Construction, Visa, Associated Foods, Eide Bailly, Bailey’s Moving and Storage, Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Utah, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Wadman Corporation, Jones Simkins, CU Direct, General RV of Utah, Rumor Advertising, Slaymaker Group, Get Away Today, Ironwood Construction, Mt. Sterling Custom Homes, Lee’s Marketplace and Acura.

Prizes were donated by Goldenwest Credit Union, Camp Chef, the Utah Jazz, Utah Festival Opera Company, USU’s University Inn and Conference Center, SQN Escapes and Topgolf of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Total proceeds from the 2016 tournament — from sponsorships, donations and team registrations — totaled more than $80,000.

“USU Credit Union is grateful for the opportunity to support the Alumni Association in its annual golf tournament,” said Kerry Wahlen, USU alumnus, and president and CEO of Goldenwest Credit Union, which operates USU Credit Union. “The Credit Union is a loyal supporter of Utah State University students and alumni, and we are committed to the continued success of the university.”


The USU Alumni Association is committed to the success of Utah State University by providing opportunities for meaningful, lifelong involvement for its alumni, students and friends. Ongoing engagement and opportunities for involvement include this tournament as well as scholarships, events and mentoring opportunities.

Founded in 1957 on Utah State University campus, USU Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial institution established to serve USU students, faculty, staff and alumni. Since 2013, USU Credit Union has operated as a division of Ogden-based Goldenwest Credit Union. Together, they hold $1.2 billion in assets, serve more than 110,000 members and operate 28 branches across Utah from Logan to St George.

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Utah State University Alumni Association

Contact: Jacoba Poppleton, 435-797-8072, jacoba.poppleton@usu.edu