FOR ELEVEN YEARS, a group of Hampden-Sydney Alumni and Sigma Nu fraternity brothers have been gathering each year for a golf outing. In April 2010, they came together again in Pinehurst, North Carolina, and a great time was had by all.
These golf outings have been held in Pinehurst and in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The number of attending Sigma Nu Brothers at these outings ranges from 12 to 25.
While a lot of golf has been played and a lot of $1 “clam” bets have been won and lost on these trips, the real reason for the trips has been to ensure that the brothers of Sigma Nu maintain close relationships. This objective surely has been accomplished. While the golf has been enjoyable (most of the time), these trips have been more about sharing meals, sharing a drink, remembering old times on The Hill and at the Sigma Nu house, catching up with one another, hearing about life’s milestones, and finding ways to help one other. The guys eagerly anticipate this trip, and the 2011 outing already has been planned.
In 1999, the first outing was organized by Frank Pegram ’79 for a couple of close friends. Since then it has expanded to include a wider range of graduation years. Other Sigma Nu brothers instrumental in planning these events have included Tom Mishoe ’74, Gregg Henderson ’76, W.C. Sprouse ’76, and Gray Tuttle ’76. Rumor has it that Sprouse and Walker have attended every golf trip since the first. It is also rumored that a Randolph-Macon graduate (a “friend” of an unnamed Tiger) attended one year to fill in for a last-minute drop out. It really did not work out very well (for the R-MC graduate, of course).
These golf outings have renewed old friendships and created new and lasting friendships. While most attendees have graduated between 1970 and 1979, the organizers want to expand the graduation range to include a greater number of Sigma Nu Brothers. Any Sigma Nu wanting more information about this event may contact Tom Mishoe at (804) 690-9567.
It should be noted that Tuttle, Pegram, and Howard were on H-SC’s golf teams from 1972 to 1979. These were some of H-SC’s best golf teams, twice winning conference championships, twice being VCAA champs, winning one State Championship, and qualifying to play in the NCAA championship for five of these seven years, with the 1975 team finishing as runner-up in the Division III championship. Tuttle was on the All American Team in 1975 and 1976. He has continued to add to his golf aura by participating in recent U.S. Senior Amateur Championships (along with the Amateur and Mid-Amateur versions of this prestigious tournament). As a bonus on the golf trips, Tuttle provides “free” golf lessons to all Sigma Nus who need some help on the course.