Sydney Henriques ’15
It’s going to be spring soon, and time for everybody to kick loose and enjoy the outdoors. So, what better way to enjoy the outdoors than some good old golf? Last semester was the founding of the Golf Club here at Hampden-Sydney. Founded by Alan Rice and myself, we were very surprised at the fact that there was not already a golf club here. Thus, after Alan’s great idea to charter it, we went to work during last summer break trying to get it off the ground the following semester. This spring will be the first appearance of the club after being chartered last fall by the Student Senate.
For those of you interested in the club, you may be wondering what the expectations are for joining or the plans for the club, well here are some answers. “Being our first real semester on campus, we’re really trying to promote and grow the club. We’ve got a lot of events planned for this semester like some friendly matches with schools in the area as well as some competitive tournaments for guys that are interested in competing,” said Sophomore Alan Rice, President of the club. As of now, the club has fifty tentative members expecting to join, but the number that is expected to actively participate is more around the likes of twenty-five to thirty. Now for those of you that regularly play golf, or have ever gone golfing, you know that golf is an expensive sport—even for just a one day round of eighteen. Well, with the golf club, it will be quite cheaper. As of now, the club is looking at two “packages” for dues. The first package will be around eighty dollars and include a semester long course membership. The second package will be a bit higher in price, $120, but will include some extra items, such as apparel. Alan explained how the club has tried to make the joining dues very reasonable for such an expensive sport. “In my opinion, that’s a pretty cheap price to pay for unlimited golf and some really awesome golf apparel.” Not only will the club be receiving a great deal on apparel and golf memberships, but also the competitive players have the opportunity to go to the NCCGA tournaments. If you have no idea what the NCCGA is, it is like the NCAA for collegiate club golf. It consists of nine conferences nationwide and hosts two conference tournaments and a national tournament each semester. “Hampden-Sydney will be competing in the Capitol Conference,” and these destinations will be at “Sycamore Creek Golf Course, which is right outside of Richmond, and a tournament at Swan Point Yacht and Country Club which is in southern Maryland,” explained Alan. The nationals will be played at Purdue Kampen, which happens to be ranked the third best college course by the PGA. “We’re really excited about playing at some of these nationally renowned golf courses,” and the club should be, after having such great expectations for only being the first semester on campus. It is a great opportunity for anybody of all levels to come out and enjoy themselves.
The club plans to cast a wide net, says Alan: “The club offers opportunities for guys of all skill level and interest. If you’re the weekender who just enjoys a relaxing game of golf with friends, we’ve got that. If you’re interested in competing in some friendly matches with UVA or University of Richmond or Wake Forest or whoever else, we’ve got that. If you’re interested in playing some world-class golf at some nationally renowned golf courses, we’ve got that too. It’s an awesome opportunity and I would encourage anyone interested in the game of golf to get in touch with me,” Rice said. Our informational meeting is next Tuesday, January 29th. It’s bound to be a good time, with good friends and some great weather.