By Sean Robinson, Contributor
Instead of sleeping in past noon, junior Schuyler Dougherty spent his Sunday morning teeing off at Tregaron golf course at 8 a.m. Hoping to improve more than just his backswing, Dougherty joined more than 100 other golfers on the green to benefit Autism Speaks.
University of Nebraska at Omaha sorority Alpha Xi Delta hosted their first annual golf tournament and lunch on Sept. 16 at Bellevue golf course Tregaron. Proceeds from the cost of lunch and registration raised money for their philanthropy, Autism Speaks.
“First off, I went to the event because I actually enjoy golfing,” Dougherty said. “I also want to support the sororities on campus and Autism Speaks. It’s a good cause and a fun event.”
Despite overcast skies, about 105 players showed up to support Alpha Xi Delta and Autism Speaks. The day began with a shotgun start, meaning groups of golfers teed off simultaneously from different holes.
The event cost each golfer $60 to register. $45 covered green fees-including 18 holes of golf, use of a golf cart for the day, and lunch. $15 went to Autism Speaks.
“I think the highlight of my day was just seeing all the golfers show up first thing in the morning,” said Taylor Litz, sophomore member of Alpha Xi Delta. “We’ve heard nothing but compliments and good things from everybody who came out.”
Litz, who coordinated the event as her sorority’s fundraising chair, began planning in June. From speaking at fraternity meetings to encourage their members’ attendance to calling over 100 Omaha businesses to garner sponsors for the day, Litz utilized her months of planning to ensure good attendance despite this being the organization’s first annual tournament.
“It was a good day and fun venue,” freshman Chet Wallace said. “It was great weather to play some golf.”
The day ended with a hamburger lunch and raffle, which cost $2 per ticket. Alpha XI Delta President Lindsey Moore raffled off prizes ranging from coupon books to gift cards from places like Outback Steakhouse and Scheels.
In October, Alpha Xi Delta plans to host a walk called Step It Up for Autism Speaks. With no cure and a new case being diagnosed every 20 minutes, autism awareness and research are needed, according to autismspeaks.org.
“When I first joined Alpha Xi Delta, I didn’t know a lot about autism,” Litz said. “A lot of girls in my chapter have a personal connection to it, though. It’s special to know its effects and important to raise awareness.”