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Tee off for campus ministries


Bring your golf game and support campus ministries here in Michigan by participating in the 2023 Golf Scramble at Annual Conference on June 2.

If you’re coming to Annual Conference and you enjoy golfing, bring your clubs along and join other United Methodists in a round of fun and fellowship supporting campus ministries.

The annual Golf Scramble (click to download flyer) returns on Friday, June 2, at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa’s beautiful Spruce Run Golf Course. Check-in is at 8 am at the clubhouse, with a 9 am shotgun start. All proceeds will go directly to the eight campus ministry sites around the state to be used for the benefit of the students.

Rev. Rich Burstall, pastor of Lansing: Central UMC, and Rev. Jeff Williams, pastor of Greenville: First UMC, are the coordinators and hosts for this event.

The rate for the Golf Scramble is $65 for ten holes. It’s a 4-person scramble, so bring your friends, but don’t worry if you don’t have a group to join. Rev. Burstall and Rev. Williams will add you to a team, so you’ll have a chance to meet new people.

Rev. Burstall invites seasoned golfers and beginners alike. “It’s a lot of fun,” he says. “None of us are really competitive. But we go for the fellowship; we go for the fun. Plus, it’s good to have a nice kickoff before we get to the serious business that is before us. So, come and join us.”

One thing that is new this year is that each campus ministry is adopting a hole and promoting their work in creative ways. You will learn something about each of the eight ministries by the end of the event. There will also be prizes for the lowest team score, the person who gets closest to the pin, and the longest drive.

Rev. Williams, who also chairs the Division of Higher Education and Campus Ministry, notes that the proceeds from the golf tournament are part of a larger fundraising commitment of the Division to raise between $5,000 and $7,500 per year in addition to the Ministry Shares funding they receive through the Michigan Conference’s budget. Since its inception in 2017, the golf event has raised over $6,000 in total for the Michigan Conference’s campus ministries.

“My invitation,” says Rev. Williams, “is to enjoy fellowship, exercise, and education in beautiful surroundings to support direct personal ministry with the most concentrated populations of young adults in our culture.”

Payment can be made online when you register, or you can pay at check-in on June 2. Mulligans may be purchased for $5 each on the day of the event. Also, walk-ups are always welcome.

Questions about the event? Contact Rev. Burstall at 734-915-6058 or [email protected].

Last Updated on April 18, 2023

The Michigan Conference