Former Mizzou football WR Justin Gage and Gary Link
June 3, 2014
O'FALLON, Mo. - Since 1973, the St. Louis Tiger Club has strived to support the University of Missouri Athletic Department and the Tiger Scholarship Fund (TSF). Each year, members of the STL Tiger Club work hand in hand with Mizzou Athletics to host exciting events that help positively promote the department.
One yearly event that continues to bring in waves of supporters is the Mizzou Tiger Club Golf Tournament. This Monday marked the 29th annual outing for the tournament, and was recently renamed in honor of long time Mizzou football coach, John Kadlec.
Despite an overcast day, Winghaven Country Club located in O'Fallon, Missouri hosted yet another spotless Tiger Club Golf Tournament. Staff from both the STL Tiger Club and Tiger Scholarship Fund were on-hand to ensure the greatest atmosphere for all golfers in attendance.
Leading the charge Monday afternoon for the STL Tiger Club was golf tournament chair, Andy Weissler. As one of six committee chairpersons for the Tiger Club, Weissler oversees all operations for the annual golf tournament.
Year after year, the golf tournament has proven to be one of the most popular and successful events held by the STL Tiger Club. The ability to impact Mizzou Athletics with both substantial donations and positive promotions is what keeps the players coming back time and time again.
"The St. Louis Tiger Club is here to promote Mizzou Athletics in the St. Louis area, and ultimately raise money for all the athletics programs," said Weissler. "This golf tournament is our biggest event of the year. We raise about 90-percent of our revenue in this event, which goes back to the University of Missouri. This is a neat event for the players, as each competitor gets paired with a current or former Mizzou coach or player. It is something that most players don't get at most other golf tournaments."
Mizzou football head coach Gary Pinkel and men's basketball head coach Kim Anderson were just two of the many Mizzou Athletics staff members on-hand at Winghaven Country Club Monday afternoon. With the school year complete at the University of Missouri, coaches like Pinkel and Anderson relish the ability to interact with fans at events like today's golf tournament.
"Today, we had coach (Gary) Pinkel, coach (Kim) Anderson and most of the current Mizzou football staff here playing," said Weissler. "It gives our golfers the opportunity to interact with these guys on a 1-on-1 basis, that otherwise would not have had the opportunity if not for today's tournament. It is a great experience. The biggest testament to that is 80 to 90-percent of our players have come back every year and they really enjoy this day."
For Weissler and his fellow STL Tiger Club board members, a positive relationship with groups like the Tiger Scholarship Fund is crucial for running a successful event. TSF Assistant Director for External Engagement and Special Events, Lorraine Rodriguez, oversaw Monday's golf tournament along with Weissler. Rodriguez and her fellow TSF staff members work with the nearly 8,600 unique members that make up the impressive TSF donor list. With the help of their members' donations and additional support from external organizations like the STL Tiger Club, TSF is able to provide scholarship support for Mizzou student-athletes.
"It is an honor to work with a group of people who have such high energy and spirit for Mizzou like the STL Tiger Club," said Rodriguez. "Their support for TSF and Mizzou Athletics goes well beyond donating each year. They work to rally the Mizzou family in the St. Louis area on a consistent basis through tremendous events like this one."
The annual golf tournament is just one of many events for the STL Tiger Club and TSF during the upcoming summer months. With another outstanding season for Mizzou student-athletes in the books, the two groups will continue their promotion of the athletics department as they prepare for the 2014-15 school year.
"This upcoming weekend (Sunday, June 8), we will be hosting an SEC Summit with league commissioner Mike Slive coming to town," said Weissler. "We have started to create a lot more awareness with the help of the University of Missouri and TSF. The more members we have then the stronger the TSF base is, and ultimately the greater fundraising power we have."
"Our primary goal as the STL Tiger Club is the same as group like TSF. We could not do events like today's golf tournament without the help of the university. They aid in bringing in players and coaches and that is what brings in our attendees. It is a great working relationship with TSF and a great way to give back to Mizzou!"
For more information on how to contribute to the Tiger Scholarship Fund, please call (573) 882-0704 or by visiting them online at www.TSF-Mizzou.com. Individuals interested in learning more about the STL Tiger Club can contact Robin Wenneker at WennekerR@aol.com.