A Crown Classic: PC’s Zeta Tau Alpha Chapter Hosting Annual Golf Tournament Event in Waterloo


Participants at the inaugural Crown Classic Golf Tournament from last year. ©PC’s Zeta Tau Alpha (Kappa Beta)’s Instagram.

Mitchell Mercer, Editor-in-Chief

Golf tournaments can be a lot of fun for people to participate in as well as a way for supporting causes across the country, especially for one sorority on campus.

PC’s Zeta Tau Alpha chapter, Kappa Beta, will be holding their second annual Crown Classic Golf Tournament on October 15th at 2:00 PM at the Rolling S Golf Club in Waterloo. The tournament will help benefit breast cancer education and awareness.

“The main reason for creating this event was to create a larger philanthropic event in the fall semester, which would lead into our ‘Think Pink Week.’ This spreads a great amount of awareness for breast cancer as October is the month we choose since it is National Breast Cancer Awareness month,” Charlotte McGuinness, a Zeta Tau Alpha sister and organizer of the event, said.

As part of their philanthropy, the sorority focuses on breast cancer education and trying to spread the message to people across the campus community. In order to achieve this goal, the group tries to create events throughout the year to earn as much money as possible as well as coming up with events that could attract attention.

According to Zeta Tau Alpha president Reagan Turner, the group felt that a golf tournament would be the best option for raising money for the cause, especially with the success that the golf tournament had in its inaugural showing last year and how local businesses showed interest.

We chose a golf tournament because anyone is welcome to participate in the tournament and we are able to obtain local sponsors to promote local businesses all while supporting our philanthropy,” Turner said.

Additionally, the Crown Classic brought in ten sponsors from last year’s event as well as eight teams competing for the championship, something that Turner considered a great success and is hoping can attract more sponsors and teams to Waterloo.

“The benefits of people competing or sponsoring our tournament are that we are able to have a great turn out for our event and the more sponsors and participants we have, the more money we can raise for breast cancer education and awareness,” Turner said.

For McGuinness, she has similar hope for people expressing interest in supporting the event.

“We hope to gain sponsors to send a larger amount of proceeds back to the breast cancer awareness and education foundation. A large turnout this time would allow us to shine the most light on our philanthropy as possible, which is what we do this for,” McGuinness said.

In terms of prizes and participation, McGuiness states that there are a lot of pros to playing in the tournament.

“There are benefits for helping us do this by participating in the tournament such as earning a free lunch, having two golf carts per team, playing 18 rounds of golf, and a chance to win a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place award,” McGuiness said.

However, the most important objective of this tournament is the sorority trying to send a clear message about the harmful effects of breast cancer.

According to McGuiness, about one in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Because of this high number, she wants to have the PC community support the sorority’s cause as much as possible whether by playing or donating. 

“Since the PC Community is such a close niche family in my opinion, I feel like it is very important for all of us to come together to fight this fight. The PC Community coming together would allow not only for us to raise money for breast cancer awareness, but also to educate the people of the PC Community on ways to prevent breast cancer,” McGuiness said.

For Turner, she is also hopeful that the Blue Hose family will be able to support the awareness in a couple of weeks.

“The PC community is, in fact, one big community. Organizations support other organizations and we try to all be there for each other. I think it is important for the PC community to support us and participate because they will not only be helping our chapter but will be supporting breast cancer education and awareness. This philanthropy is so close to all of our member’s hearts and we want to do everything we can to raise money for this important cause,” Turner said.

To play in the tournament, the cost is $50 per person with a captain’s choice, four individuals per team, mulligans of $15, and up to two individual tosses for $20.

Rolling S Golf Club is about a 20-minute drive from campus, located off Harris Spring Road when driving west on SC-72 towards Greenwood.