While golf has a long history in the world, in recent years it has been used to help support scholarships & fellowships at Michigan State.

History of Golf

This year's British Open wraps up this weekend. The tournament has been held at the Old Course at Saint Andrews in Fife, Scotland. It is an old sport - one of the oldest - and has a vivid history. Here are a few facts about golf, according to Olympic.org:

  • The rules were first established in 1754 in St. Andrews, Scotland.
  • Some research shows the game was played in the Netherlands (called "colf" or "kolven") and transported to Brittain in the 1400s.
  • The competition formats (stroke play and match play) date to the second half of the 18th century.
  • The first course was built in 1864 in England.

  • Golf was an Olympic sport in 1900 and 1904. It will again be included in the Rio games in 2016.

Sparty putting at the Mid-Michigan Spartans 2012 Charity Challenge golf outing..

Golf at MSU

Forest Akers Golf Courses are home to the Big Ten champion MSU Men's and Women's Golf Teams. The west course was most recently redesigned in 1992. The east course was redesigned in 1997. A 20-acre practice area opened in 1997, with heated and covered year-round hitting stations added later. The facilities have received numerous awards and recognition.

Forest Akers is open to the public, and also hosts golf outings and golf leagues. The facility also offers a wealth of golf instruction opportunities for men, women, children, teens and families, in both group and private formats. And the pro shop is a best-kept secret for quality MSU merchandise.

Learn more about Forest Akers at golf.msu.edu.

Sparty loves golf! (Especially golf for a good cause!)

Fun fact: Sparty loves to golf! Many of the groups and alumni clubs that our office has worked with in the past have raised money for their scholarships with golf outings, and Sparty has been known to make an occasional appearance on the putting green at these events.

The UAW Cal Rapson Endowed Scholarship and Fellowship Fund is one such award. The annual golf outings held by the UAW resulted in donations to this scholarship, which was endowed in 2001. Undergraduate students in any discipline with a minimum of 28 credits, and graduate students in any discipline, may apply for the award. All applicants must be either children of UAW members who have been in good standing with the UAW for two consecutive years, or members in good standing themselves.

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