The University of Southern Mississippi shined at the National Collegiate Golf Championship, held last month at the Silverstone Golf Club in Las Vegas.
Kerry Geroux and Dane Reiter captured the 2008 championship in the Faculty/Staff division. They made up one of the six teams from Southern Miss competing in the tournament, which the university has participated in since its inception.
Geroux, a financial aid counselor at Southern Miss, set a tournament record to become the first 3-time winner in the Faculty/Staff division. Dane Reiter, a business analyst in the Southern Miss Business Services Department, said the two prepared for the tournament the old-fashioned way – practice, practice, practice.
“We played regularly in Hattiesburg to keep our game as sharp as possible,” Reiter said.
Reiter’s original partner was Southern Miss Chief Sustainability Officer Larry Lee. “Larry and I won the regional qualifier at Canebrake in October,” said Reiter. “He couldn’t make the trip out to Vegas, so I recruited Kerry to go with me.”
Other Southern Miss teams placing in the tournament included Lance Blackwell and Robert Hedgepeth of the university’s iTech department, who took second in the Faculty/Staff division, while Michael Dowst Jr. and Todd Nance placed third in the Alumni/Community division.
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