2018 Pioneer Challenge Registration
Thursday, June 21 and Friday, June 22

Welcome to the 6th Annual Pioneer Challenge hosted by Whispering Pines Golf Course in Meadville, Pa. This event is an alumni-sponsored event designed specifically to promote and introduce the Marietta College athletic coaches and staff to alumni, parents and supporters. In addition, this event was established to raise finances to provide resources to each of their respective sports programs.

“From humble beginnings come great things!” That has been our motto since our humble beginning in 2013 when a very small group of alumni met then newly-hired head football coach Andy Waddle. From this initial meeting on the golf course a small fundraising effort was birthed to purchase Gore-Tex rain suits for the entire staff. 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 2017 we expanded the Pioneer Challenge format again to include all sports programs and added a scholarship fund as well. Since 2013 we have raised over $80,000 including gifts in kind for the various sports programs.

There has always been a healthy competition between Marietta College athletic programs, their athletes and coaches. It is with this in mind that we created a fun 2-day event that pits individual athletic team supporters against all other sports programs. This Pioneer Challenge as we call it includes competition on four different events or levels to determine the ultimate winner of the Golden Musket Award. The Challenge events are 1. Fundraising, 2. Attendance, 3. Golf Scramble competition, 4. Golf skills fun event. The points each sports team earns from these respective events determines the winner of the Pioneer Challenge. This event is a fun filled event for both men and women, golfer and non golfer alike. The event is really more about reuniting with former friends and classmates than a golf event. Once you experience the Pioneer Challenge, we’re pretty sure you’ll be back! Please check out the itinerary for this years 2018 event as it changes every year! If you’re unable to join us June 21st or 22nd we hope you’ll consider making a donation to the team or MC fund of your choosing using the registration page.

Hope to see you there?

The Pioneer Challenge Committee

Online registration for this event has closed. 

If you have questions, please contact Erica Starr at starre@marietta.edu.

Thank you!

Informational Links for the Weekends

Schedule of Events

2018 Golf Outing Rules 

Pioneer Challenge Facebook Page


Hotel Accommodations 

Approx. 1 mile from Whispering Pines GC

Hampton Inn

11446 Dawn Dr.
Meadville, Pa. 16335

Thurs; $114/night for single or double rooms
Fri.: $144/night for single or double rooms
On-line registration: www.HamptonInn.com and use Code: MC8
Phone # 814-807-1446

Quality Inn 

17529 Conneaut Lake Rd.
Meadville, Pa. 16335

Thurs. & Fri.. $99/night for single or double rooms
Phone # 814-333-8883 Code: Marietta College Golf


Make an Additional Donation


Whispering Pines Golf Course


If you would perfer to mail your registration payment and register by phone, please contact to Office of Alumni Engagement  at 740-376-4709.  


Founded in 1835, Marietta College is a private, liberal arts college located in southeast Ohio. Consistently ranked among the top Midwestern
schools by U.S. News and World Report, Princeton Review and others, Marietta College's small and diverse student body enjoy opportunities
rarely found at other liberal arts schools.


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