April 30 - College Corner: Art Shell UMES Celebrity Golf Classic - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

April 30 - College Corner: Art Shell UMES Celebrity Golf Classic

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GOOD MORNING DELMARVA - Mark your calendars June 10-11 for the 2014 edition of the Art Shell UMES Celebrity Golf Classic and Junior Tournament at Great Hope Golf Course in Westover, Md.

As in past events, Shell, a pro football Hall-of-Famer and UMES alumnus, enlists the help of gridiron and golf greats to participate in the event, whih raises scholarship funds for the university's athletic and PGA-accredited professional golf management programs. Celebrity and local golfers tee off at 8 a.m., June 11.

UMES is one of 19 colleges in the nation with the PGA-sanctioned major, and the only one at a historically black institution.  Students in the program not only hone their golf game, they also learn the business and marketing skills needed in the industry.

 A junior tournament was introduced in 2010 to compliment the Art Shell Golf Classic as a way "to introduce them to the course of study at the university and to demonstrate that UMES is serious about getting more youth involved in the sport," Marshall Cropper, tournament director, said.  Cropper, who also serves as UMES' Golf Academy director and men's golf head coach, and former player for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins, said he is looking toward another successful year for the event.

Registration is now open for the Art Shell UMES Celebrity Golf Classic.  Player registration is $200 per person and $750 for a foursome and includes 18 holes of golf with a celebrity, a pre-game mixer, food and beverages on the course, an awards dinner and commemorative gifts.  Not a golfer, but want to come for some great food and to meet some of the celebrities?  Admission for the pre-game mixer only is $50 per person or $500 for a table of eight.

Shell said he's proud to be a UMES alumnus and enjoys being the host for the fundraising event benefiting students, who for many, are the first in their families to attend college.

Call 410-651-8045 or email ArtShellGolfClassic@umes.edu to register or for more information.  A variety of sponsorship opportunities also are available.

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