Tee time! Register now for MSU communication department’s golf tournament

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Mississippi State’s Department of Communication is inviting players of all skill levels to participate in its 10th annual golf tournament at the MSU Golf Course. Proceeds support the department’s Lora J. DeFore Memorial Endowed Scholarships that enable student internships around the country. (Photo by Megan Bean)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State’s Department of Communication is inviting players of all skill levels to participate in its 10th annual golf tournament to raise funds for departmental student internship scholarships.

To be held Friday [Sept. 9] at the MSU Golf Course on State Highway 182 East, the event will begin at 10:30 a.m. with registration, free lunch and a putting contest. Shotgun start for the four-person scramble is at noon.

Complete tournament details, including registration and sponsorship forms, may be found online at www.comm.msstate.edu/alumni/getinvolved.

A $125-per-person charge covers the greens fee, golf cart rental, lunch, soft drinks and sports drinks, range balls, complimentary golf balls, an MSU Adidas golf polo shirt, and one entry to the putting contest.

Prizes will be awarded for top teams, closest-to-the-pin on all par three holes, long drives on selected holes, as well as for other contests. Playing prizes at numerous courses also will be provided to top teams. Major hole-in-one prizes also may be given, including a car from the new Parker-McGill dealership in Starkville.

The tournament takes place the day prior to MSU’s home football game versus the University of South Carolina. In addition to supporting the endeavors of communication majors, the friendly competition provides opportunities for participants to reconnect with alumni and friends of the land-grant institution and one of its largest academic departments that currently enrolls nearly 600 majors.

John E. Forde, professor and department head, said tournament proceeds will contribute to the Lora J. DeFore Memorial Endowed Scholarships that support departmental student internships.

“We appreciate all of the support that we’ve received and hope that those who participated in the past will play, sponsor, donate and/or volunteer for our 10th annual tournament,” Forde said. “As always, we are grateful for assistance from many campus colleagues, including the MSU Golf Course, Foundation, Alumni Association and Information Technology Services.”

A member of the communication faculty for nearly two decades, DeFore died in 2009 following a long battle with cancer. Beyond teaching full-time, she coordinated both the department’s public relations concentration and internship program.

Part of the College of Arts and Sciences, MSU’s Department of Communication offers a bachelor of arts, with concentrations in broadcasting, communication studies, journalism, public relations and theatre. For more, visit www.comm.msstate.edu, twitter.com/MSUComm and http://tinyurl.com/MSUCommunication.

Forde also may be contacted at 662-312-5031 or jforde@comm.msstate.edu.

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