Steve Wheeler receives crystal trophy from Norm Millikin and Dean Rich Semenik

Steve Wheeler, left, receives the crystal trophy from teammate Norm Millikin, center, and Dean Rich Semenik

The MSU-Bozeman College of Business will host the 2nd annual Classic Open Benefit for the College of Business golf tournament, Friday, September 19 at Valley View Golf Club in Bozeman. The 4-member, scramble format tournament is open to all players and will begin with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start.

You can register in teams of four members or as an individual. The tournament is $100 per golfer. This fee will include lunch, tee prizes, a BBQ dinner/auction, great team prizes and several individual prizes.

There will be some major prizes golfers will compete for, but nothing compares to the prestige of having your name etched on the crystal traveling trophy! The team with the best gross score, will be the next to have their name etched in the traveling trophy and have the honors of displaying the trophy at their place of business throughout the year.

Last year's winning foursome is back to defend their title. Members of the team are retired marketing professor Norm Millikin, Les Mahon, (business - 1973 and master of business education - 1977), Steve Wheeler, First Interstate Bank, (business marketing - 1978) and Doug Lanphear of Farmer's Insurance Group. Team members Wheeler and Millikin show off the trophy in the picture on this page.

Proceeds from the tournament will be used to provide funding for College of Business student enhancement, programs as well as support scholarships. Many prizes and auction items are being donated and several businesses are sponsoring tee boxes, carts, auction items and prizes. There are still options open for sponsorships.

"The tournament was very successful last year and we are excited about the positive feedback we have received," said tournament director, Jackie Sather. "The success was largely due to the generosity of our sponsors and prize donations and enthusiasm and spirit of the of the golfers." MSU-Bozeman College of Business student Ryan Kuntz is helping with the event and will earn college internship credits for his assistance.

Registration forms or more information on the Classic Open Benefit for the College of Business golf tournament can be obtained by calling Jackie Sather at the College of Business, 994-6766 or e-mail her at

Co-hosts of the event this year include First Security Bank and Michelob from Cardinal Distributing of Bozeman. Dick Walter Auto Center is sponsoring the Hole-in-One contest.