Monday, June 18, 2007
Men’s golf league provides social outlet for faculty, staff
|The 16 teams of OU faculty and staff members that make up the Men's Golf League play for 17 weeks on OU’s Katke-Cousins Golf Course.|
By Rebecca Wyatt Thomas, OU Web Writer
Since 1989, a group of men from Oakland University have gotten together every Tuesday throughout the summer to participate in the pastime enjoyed by many this time of year — golf. The 16 teams of OU faculty and staff members play for 17 weeks on OU’s Katke-Cousins Golf Course. While the roster of golfers has changed over the years, the philosophy hasn’t: camaraderie, socialization and a little friendly competition.
“The league has a very varying membership. There are a few professors, some husbands of some OU faculty and staff and some administrators,” said golf league president Darrel Schmidt. “The league really brings a variety of people together.”
The men’s golf league began after a woman’s league was formed in the 1980s.
The teams each have two regular players and one designated substitute. They play a round robin-style tournament. The league also plays one scramble event and one three-club championship, where each player selects only three clubs to play with. The season is capped with a year-end celebration.
Paul Franklin, coordinator of campus programs, has served as the league secretary since it began. He is responsible for recruiting new members and maintaining the schedule.
“We have people from all over campus on the golf league. We all work together to identify new and current employees who might have an interest in golf and then I talk to them about joining the golf league,” Franklin said.
All members must be an employee, retired employee, spouse of an employee, OU student or member of the golf course to play on the league.
Information about the golf leagues available to OU’s faculty and staff are available from the University Human Resources Web site. For more information about the men’s league, visit the Men’s Golf League Web site.