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K-State Today

April 13, 2015



College of Business Administration hosts second John R. Graham Memorial Golf Classic

By Brent Fritzemeier

The College of Business Administration will celebrate the legacy of John Graham, a dedicated alumnus and longtime colleague and friend, with the second John R. Graham Memorial Golf Classic on April 25 at Colbert Hills Golf Course.

The four-person scramble tournament is scheduled for a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The tournament fee, which will raise funds for the Graham Business Scholarship Fund for business majors, is $150 per person.

"John was such a big part of what makes the College of Business Administration at K-State special, so it feels right to keep his memory alive with this tournament to benefit students at the college he loved," said Anand Desai, the college's associate dean for academic administration. "He was a great colleague, friend and member of the community."

Tournament sponsorship opportunities are available before April 16, including prize/swag sponsorship, $1,000; hole sponsorship, $500; and green sponsorship, $250.

Graham, a native of Great Bend, joined the College of Business Administration in 1970, after receiving his undergraduate degree in accounting from the college in 1967. Graham's academic career eventually led to his position as CEO and executive vice president of the Kansas Farm Bureau in 1979, where he remained until his retirement in 1999. During his time with Farm Bureau he continued as an adjunct full professor for the college, and he served part-time as executive in residence and professor of finance at K-State from 2000 until his death.

"His love of teaching and innovative thinking as a business professional was contagious," Desai said. "Helping students by playing a game that he loved is a great way to honor that legacy."

Read more information about the tournament and register. Questions about sponsorship opportunities can be directed to Desai at adesai@k-state.edu or 785-532-6820. Reservations are limited to 144 golfers and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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