11 October 2017
By: Steve Pellegren & Gary Brennen
USC Architectural Guild Golf Committee Chairs
The USC Architectural Guild made a bold move south this year and held our annual golf tournament at the prestigious Santa Ana Country Club in the heart of Orange County. Now in its 37th year, the Golf Tournament is one of the premier industry events bringing together leaders in the design, architecture, engineering, construction and real estate industries. Long considered a tournament for the movers and shakers, the list of sponsors and attendees is a virtual Who’s Who in the industry.
This tournament has a proud and storied history but it was time to re-imagine the tournament. New ideas included the idea of a rotation between OC and LA to broaden our reach to USC alumni and industry champions…yes, we will be back to LA in 2018 and are already looking at new exciting golf venues to host. We also went to a FUN FUNDRAISER concept…speed up play and shorten the overall day by converting to scramble and having a mixer and buffet dinner after.
Once again, this year Syska Hennessy Group graciously stepped up as our presenting sponsor. We appreciate their continued support of this longstanding industry event. We had a full field of 36 foursomes who were able to enjoy the newly renovated Santa Ana golf course with the link style and undulating greens presenting some very challenging putts. The golfers enjoyed a beautiful day of fellowship on the golf course which included lunch, golf, a networking mixer after golf, awards dinner and a dessert reception. Unfortunately some of our golfers had to race home due to the Anaheim Hills fire and we hope all are safe.
The annual event is a major part of the fundraising efforts of the Architectural Guild and raised more than $70,000 dollars to support scholarships, career fairs, traveling fellowships, ice cream socials and other activities and events for deserving architecture students. This year’s tournament was won by the team from Snyder Langston.
We look forward to returning to LA County next year at a venue to be announced early next year. We extend our appreciation and thanks to the golf committee, the participants and our dedicated sponsors who have been loyal supporters of this tournament for many years. Fight On!