Inaugural MBS Golf Tournament

The inaugural MBS Golf Tournament, held at the Penobscot Valley Country Club on May 2, proved a resounding success, with eighteen teams participating in the scramble. Spearheaded by nineteen students enrolled in Dr. Nick Swim‘s capstone class for the Sport Management major, the event showcased their prowess in event planning and execution.

“The class considered various event ideas but ultimately chose a golf tournament for its multifaceted nature,” Dr. Swim says. “This type of event allows students to delve into budgeting, sponsorship, marketing, and day-of operations—essential sport management skills.”

Divided into four groups, students undertook distinct responsibilities, from sponsorship and marketing to event operations and logistics. Jordyn Barry, a double major in Marketing and Sport Management, relished the hands-on experience. “We were completely in charge, putting the knowledge we had learned to use in this real-world situation,” she says.

Bananas T. Bear poses with golfers at the MBS Golf Tournament

Andrew Varipatis, part of the marketing team, underscores the importance of attention to detail, citing collaboration with MBS staff to ensure seamless execution. “My main takeaway from this class was that it teaches you never to overlook the smallest things,” Andrew says. “Everyone’s initial thoughts were based on the big things – like the prizes and food. Getting into the weeds of the tournament helped us pay attention to often overlooked areas, such as day-of organization, ensuring sponsors are getting what we promised, and how payments can be processed efficiently in a chaotic space.”

Dr. Swim was most impressed by the student’s ability to be adaptable. “Anyone who works in events will tell you that nothing will go exactly as planned. But the students were able to adapt to the challenges and run a successful event.”

Seniors Andrew and Jordyn found fulfillment in witnessing their hard work culminate on tournament day. The event’s $6,000 proceeds will bolster professional development initiatives, student travel, and volunteer opportunities within the Sport Management major, fostering growth and networking opportunities within the Maine sports community and beyond.