HATTIESBURG – The
University of Southern Mississippi continues to benefit from its
relationship with Comcast Cable Corporation, following a $5,000
donation from the company to the university recently for scholarships.
Southern Miss senior Matthew Evans, a senior marketing
major from Gulfport, also received $500 from the proceeds of the
annual Southern Miss/Comcast Golf Classic.
In 2003 the Division of Student Affairs at the University
of Southern Mississippi along with Comcast launched the Southern
Miss Comcast Golf Classic to raise scholarship funds for Southern
Miss students and to bring the Southern Miss Division of Student
Affairs, students, faculty/staff, alumni, and friends together for
a common cause.
"I'm very grateful and humbled by this gift,"
said Evans, whose parents, Joe and Helen Evans, are Southern Miss
Mike Davenport of Comcast presented the donation to
Southern Miss Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Joe Paul and
Susan Bourland, who served on the planning committee for the golf
'We're very appreciative of the commitment Comcast
has made to this tournament and to the students at our university,"
Paul also praised tournament participants and Comcast
for their efforts. "This (donation) enables us to provide scholarships
to worthy students, and provides an opportunity for faculty, staff
and students to come together and have a good time," he said.
Players competed in three divisions, including student,
faculty/staff, and alumni/community. The Southern Miss Comcast Golf
Classic is also supported by the national sponsor Collegiate Golf
alliance/NIRSA whereby the winners of the 3 divisions advance to
the national championships held each December.
The winners for the October 2004 tournament were:
* Due to a tie in the student division, the team of
Shane Rushing and Brett Morris shared first place with the team
of Steve Yelverton and Austin Holmes.
* Faculty / staff winners - Kerry Geroux and Dr. David
* Alumni/Community division winners -Pat Ryan and
All four teams were sent to the national tournament
in Las Vegas in December 2004, where the faculty/staff team of Geroux
and Beckett won the national title.
Over the past 2 years, the tournament has raised a
significant amount of money to support development and scholarships.
This year's tournament will be October 1, 2005 at Canebrake Golf
Course. For more information or a registration form contact Sid
Gonsoulin or Chris McGee at Southern Miss Recreational Sports, Box
5155, Hattiesburg, MS 39406 or call 601- 266-5767.