Pioneer Challenge 2017
June 22-23, 2017
Welcome to Whispering Pines Golf Course, the home of the 5th Annual “Pioneer Challenge.” This event is an alumni-sponsored event designed initially to promote and introduce the Marietta College Football and Soccer programs and their staff to alumni, parents and supporters. In addition, this event was established to raise finances and provide resources for each of these respective programs. Due to the success and excitement of this annual event and at the college’s request we have opened the event to include all Marietta College Athletic programs and their supporters! All proceeds raised can be earmarked for specific sports programs or to the MC Annual fundraising campaign!
“From humble beginnings come great things!” In 2013 a very small group of Marietta College
Alumni got together to meet newly-hired Marietta College Men’s Head Football Coach Andy
Waddle. From this first meeting on the golf course, a small fundraising effort was birthed to
purchase new GoreTex rain suits for the entire football coaching staff with some additional funds
for their program. It was during this process that we made the decision to include the Men’s and
Women’s soccer programs for an expanded format in 2014. In 2014, our 2nd year, we increased
participation and raised $8,000 for these programs! In 2015 we raised a total of $14,600 and in
2016 we raised approx. $18,000 which included gifts in kind!
There has always been a healthy competition between MC athletic programs, their athletes and
coaches. With this in mind, we thought it would be fun to establish a 2-day event that would pit
individual athletic team supporters against all other sports programs in a variety of competitions
that include both men and women to determine the winner of the Pioneer Challenge. We hope
you enjoy the format we have created for the 2017 event. (Please click on the events tab) In
addition to a competitive event we have planned a full schedule of fun activities this year which
will include a Thursday night Paddle wheel boat ride around Conneaut Lake with a wine tasting
and Bourbon tasting event. We have also planned a list of non golf related activities for Friday for
those desiring an alternative to golfing. Your support in making this years event a success is
important to us. We do, however, need your help to increase participation for 2017. Please invite
your friends and fellow MC alumni to make this years event the most successful yet!
Thanks for joining us this year! We hope you’ll enjoy “The 2017 Pioneer Challenge!”
The Pioneer Challenge Committee
Coming Soon! Questions regarding registration? Contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at 740-376-4709.